Gift shopping for kids can be tough. With so many toys and items cast aside by uninterested kids, it’s understandable you want to purchase something that they are going to like and actually use.
Many parents go well above their budget when buying kids presents for their birthdays and Christmas or other events, but there are a few things to think about that could help you to save money, as well as make the gift buying more worthwhile. What’s better: your child having a few things they love and use endlessly, or having them surrounded by toys that provide little enrichment to their lives? Here’s what you should think about when gift shopping for kids.
Consider Using The 4 Gift Rule For All Future Purchases
First, consider the 4 gift rule. Buying just four gifts might not sound like enough, but if you choose carefully and make sure these gifts are going to be good for them, it can be enough. The four gift rule is buying just four gifts: something they want, something they need, something for them to wear, and something for them to read. You can actually use this gift for anybody, but it’s especially useful when shopping for kids.
Will This Gift Stand The Test of Time?
Always go for longevity when it comes to gifts. Cheap gifts tend to break and be cast aside quickly. The last thing we need is to be sending more plastic to landfill! Always go for quality, not quantity when buying gifts for kids.
Is This Gift Safe For Kids?
Certain toys may not be safe for kids depending on their age, ability, and whether the toy is made by a trusted manufacturer, like the super wings jett toy (pictured left) Make sure you do your research to ensure the thing you want to buy is safe and suitable. This is especially important if the child is not your own – you don’t want to upset the parents by buying something unsuitable!
Could They Learn Using This Gift?
Buying gifts for kids is a great opportunity to help them learn. Educational tablets, books, and even child suitable sports equipment can be an opportunity for them to learn something new. It doesn’t have to be a lab experiment set for it to be a valuable learning opportunity. They could learn from a pretend kitchen or shop, or even a computer game.
Will This Gift Help Them To Stay Active?
Active gifts could be things like games that encourage them to move, or even just a plain skipping rope or space hopper. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to get them moving! Kids can use their imaginations to have fun with just about anything, so don’t worry about giving them a simple gift. Sometimes, simple gifts are the best gifts.
Hopefully, these pointers will make your gift shopping endeavours easier in future. What are you going to buy for the kids in your life? Let us know in the comments!