Not sure what to buy? Gift ideas for children

When it comes to finding the right gifts for children, it can start to become complicated. What are presents recommended? Are video games too aggressive? What if they like toys that are for the outdoors? Here are the four keys to success in finding the right presents for boys and girls.

The key to finding good presents for children

Gifts should show affection, show an expression or even represent an event or memory. It can also end up being something of a surprise having an idea that is slightly cheaper than normal or can end up being the cause of an unhappy facial expression. We have all gone through that moment of uncertainty that will have you running up and down the aisles of a superstore, searching, hunting for the right price, or something different that is unique, special enough to show how much thought we have put into that present.

Are you looking for a gift that will be cherished by a nephew or niece or your own child even? Looking for something to buy that will be useful? Each child will have their own tastes and interests, but they will no doubt have left you a few clues at some stage. There is always the risk though that they already have it, or that it’s too expensive, or maybe you are looking for something a bit different, so here are a few ideas for you to pick out the very best gifts.

The four aces

Before you start, it is important to know that the gift must be appropriate for the person that it is being given to, mainly because we want to avoid a wasted opportunity. It is also important to find a present that is healthy, that will keep them occupied during their moments of recreation or that useful for them during their daily routines. Either way, it is unnecessary to come up with anything too extravagant when looking for something useful as they will usually be found from the more classical entertainment ideas.

The rule of the four aces exists as a guideline for finding the right presents for those special moments, such as Christmas for example. Give them something they really want, something that they need, something to wear or something to read. This does not mean that they need to be spoilt with material gifts, but taking a chance with one of these four options will be the key to beginning the hunt for that special gift.

Some presents will range from the all-time classics that never fail, to the new innovations that have appeared in the children’s toy market. Even though that there are currently many suitable options inside today’s superstores and toy shops, here we have put together a small list of ideas to give you a head start. Ready?

- Bicycles. A bike will always be a great present for any child, bikes will let them discover the world at the same time as doing sport. Not only do they help to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, but they will also allow them to move around, to other places and will even help them develop their balancing abilities. This idea can vary between regular bicycles, rollerblades or skateboards. Remember though, it is important for children to use helmets, knee pads and elbow pads so that they avoid any injuries.

- Video consoles/ Video games. Even with all of the violence that appears in some video games, games consoles also contain games that are healthy and entertaining, from tennis simulators, to dance competitions. It all depends on what you look for! In some cases such as the Wii, physical exercise is integrated into the games so that your living room is turned into a competition floor, played in pairs or in teams, there are games such as ping-pong or golf. The key? Make sure that you find the right type of games to go with the console.

- Board games. Board games will always be popular. From Scrabble to the classic version of Monopoly, they are educational games that help children to write words, help them to add and subtract and will even help them to develop their problem solving skills. You will be able to find most board games available in versions for young children or special editions that are based on different themes or television shows, meaning that you will be able to find many different options that all help to promote group activities.

- Playground games. Marbles, hoops, skipping ropes, dominoes, or the diabolo. You will probably remember these as they have been around for many generations and they continue to remain as popular as ever. These games are ideal, as with most of them, children will need to develop their motor skills and will generally require children to use body movements. These games are perfect to play along with friends or as part of a group.

- Experiences. A lot of the time, almost always, children have everything already. As the years go by, our children, nephews, and nieces, our grandchildren will have accumulated vast amounts of toys, video games, and clothes. This will make it difficult to find a present that they do not already have or that will get them excited. A gift that is occasionally overlooked is something that they will never forget. Children love to feel accompanied, safe and loved by the adults who are close to them. Because of this, you may want to give them a pack containing ideas for days out, or activities that you can do together. Good examples would be things like a trip to a museum, a trip to a theme park, a day out with nature, a cultural visit to a town nearby, tickets to the theatre or a musical, cooking classes… there are plenty of options of things to do together which might just turn out to be the best gift that you can give them.

Don’t forget that even though you will probably succeed in finding a gift from these options, always bear in mind the child’s tastes and interests. You will probably also find that the qualified staff at a toy shop will be able to advise you regarding the latest trends in toys, books or clothing. The best gifts for young children are the ones that are a clear show of affection.

If the present is for a child that is not your own, then ask their parents for a few recommendations, they will always be able to help you find something that they like or something that they need. Also, they will probably give you an idea of what they are looking for their children, educational games, physical activity games etc...

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