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Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Date: 27/11/12, updated on 27/11/12 (50 review reads)
Advantages: Active, Fun, Memorable!
Disadvantages: Not a physical thing you can keep.
I'm not religious and never have been, but Christmas for me was always a very special time. As a small child growing up, words cannot begin to describe the level of anticipation and excitement I expressed over the period. Me and my friends would count down the days (every day) from 100 every year at school, fantasising about cool present ideas, things we were thinking of asking our parents for. The Santa thing never seemed real, spoilt by an obsessive commercial market, numbing the man's aura - A man who seemed to be in many thousands of places at any one time. No, Christmas was always about the gifts, and the family togetherness, and the snow - with fascination over its rarity usually dampening any actual physical appearance of the stuff.
Today, as was the case in my teens, the young generation is interested mainly in digital gifts: video games, computers, consoles, hand-helds, phones, MP3 players, music and films. With new technology available, like tablets and Kindles, kids are spoilt rotten with choice, but if we were to think outside the box a little, what would be the perfect gift for a child (of either sex) of say, 10 years...
I believe that the best present for a child of 10 is an experience, not a physical thing, but an experience. Buy them something technical and it will suck the child in doors, away from physical activity, and confine them to their sofa, chair or bed. Although tech is fun and cool, it will only get out-dated sooner of later. Excite them with something different, something which (admittedly) won't last, but which will last far longer than the latest video game, as a child-hood memory. We all have child-hood memories, and we most of us think of them fondly - why not increase this?
Red letter days, Virgin Experience Days, Activity Superstore, etc, there is a wide array of companies offering one-off experience days for kids in the UK. Red letter days has a fantastic website where you can book kid's scuba diving days (£39), Formula 1 simulator Grand Prix parties (£171) - this one sounds amazing, I would have loved this as a 10 year old - Kid's Audi R8 driving experience (£99). The list goes on and on, everything is signed into a contract and is super safe, all the relevant safety procedures catered for.
If I was to buy a big present for a 10 year old boy or girl, it would be an experience day with one of the companies listed above. They are fun, active and can be cheap if found on a deal. I'm not saying not to buy kids presents to put under the tree, I'm just trying to stress the importance of actually 'doing' something as a pose watching, listening, controlling something (usually made of pixels). The memories will last much, much longer.
PRICE: £10-500 (completely dependable on type of activity)
AVAILABILITY: Many companies online, use Google to search when an idea strikes you.
Summary: Let a day of fun change your perception of 'gift', bringing it into real memory.