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Christmas gift for kids.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Member Name: teafan11
Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Advantages: Christmas is about giving, not receiving.
Disadvantages: can cost alot.
Kid's presents are always the most fun gifts to buy. You can relive your childhood in the more traditional toys or immerse yourself in the pure imagination. I'll start with boys gifts as they are the gift I usually buy having boys myself. Vouchers are a great idea for kids who can then choose their own gifts but at Christmas I prefer to actually give a gift.
Most popular ideas in my house are Lego which come in varying sizes, abilities and prices some being amazingly expensive but incredible once built. Lego starts from about £3.00These are great toys for imagination and dexterity. There are also construction kits that are similar to Lego, but have a character base, my son is currently asking for the Dr Who sets and they again come in varying prices, some very reasonable. Starting a about £5.00
Another popular idea is science kits they start around £5.00. My son enjoys these and they are very educational. I buy mine from Maplins but there are many makes and prices online as well. My son is receiving Hammond's blast lab for Christmas which I'm sure he will love.
Horrible history and Horrible science gifts also go down well in my house.
Dinosaurs...my kids can never get enough of these in any form.
Cars and garages are perfect for younger kids who will like to role play, my son adores cars.
For people who don't mind toy guns the nerf series is a good place to start, the prices start at £4 and they come with little foam arrows which don't hurt if your hit by them. Most boys enjoy games like these and all the boys and even some of the girls in our area all play with guns and they entertain them for hours.
My boys enjoy books, especially information books. My oldest son has had several history books over the years and dinosaur books but I appreciate most kids won't appreciate such gifts.
Dress up is popular my son is always dressed as a cowboy or Spiderman...lol!
Pretend tools are also popular, and my son wants a pretend tea set and cooker. My kids don't understand gender stereotypes and I hope it stays that way.
The obvious large presents are TVs, Xboxes, tablets, computers and DVD players and the like, but many people don't have the funds for these and they tend to be presents from Santa.
I always like to add traditional toys to stockings, like a Jacobs's ladder, wooden spinning top, and wooden ball catcher or cork pop gun. They also both receive a board game every year and all the family love to play them together.
A great Christmas Eve gift is reindeer food, my son love to put it outside for the reindeer. I put a little sawdust and glitter into a small homemade pouch and my son loves it.
Now girls, yikes this is where I struggle somewhat. Most of the above work for girls as well as boys and then you can always add dollies and teddies, pushchairs and buggies. There are lots of different dolls accessories available.
Little make up and jewellery sets, I bought lots of costume jewellery with a dress up set for my friends daughter last year I made a bag out of pink gingham for her so it could all be kept neat, my friend appreciated the bag most and her daughter loved the dress up. Nurse's sets are a great idea and encourage role play and imagination.
I'm buying my friends little girl a pink mixing bowl, wooden spoon, silicon bake ware(also pink), and I have bought some pink cake mixes from Tesco, and I made a little piny out of left over pink gingham. Pink is her favourite colour, but you could easily buy blue and make it a boys gift but make an apron rather than a frilly piny...lol!
For both boys and girls musical instruments are great, and as long as the parents are okay about it maybe if your able to teach them to play as part of your gift. Or purchase a few lessons.
Days out gifts are great and some include family tickets so you could make it a family gift.
DVD and CD gifts are always popular but difficult unless you know what they already have or if someone else is getting what you have chosen.
Mp3 players and headphones are also good and you could load some music onto it or give an iTunes voucher with it.
There are so many ideas I could ramble on forever but I hope I have given you some food for thought.
Once last thing to note is my boys both love the homemade sweets and biscuits I put in their stocking with the traditional toys and the stocking toys are always played with most. So most and I emphasis most kids aren't interested in the cost of thing just the imagination put into the gifts. Small gifts are just as gratefully received and loved just as much in my home. What is it they say, you can spend hundreds on a gift but the kids are happy with the box, never a truer word said in my house.
Summary: Enjoy putting smiles on little ones faces. Its the best thank you of all.