Kids are sometimes difficult to cheer up, but one thing’s for sure – they all love presents. On the other hand, if they already have plenty of different toys, it’s understandable that you don’t know what else to buy them. No matter the occasion, buying a perfect present requires some creativity, but you don’t have to spend a fortune in the process. We’ll give you a few ideas that will help you choose the perfect ones.
Know their interests
If the child already has many different toys, it is highly possible that yet another toy won’t be as appreciated as you hope. Parents have a tendency to spoil their children by buying them way too many different toys whenever the child wants, so the children don’t have the time to really enjoy the “newness” of the toy and get bored easily. Before you get them a new toy, take a look at the ones they already have. If you really want to impress them with a gift which no one expected, try to find out what they like and love, and where their interests lie. Perhaps they like Peppa Pig, dinosaurs, cars, dolphins, or detectives – find out what they like best and start there.
Most toys kids use these days are meant to be used indoors, but by getting them an outdoor toy, you will not only keep them entertained, but you’ll aid their physical development too. You can choose from a variety of outdoor toys: buy a kite and show them how to fly it, get them a scooter or a pair of roller skates (along with some protective gear). Nerf guns are also a great idea because they can play with their friends, and rubber balls will never become obsolete. Outdoor toys are great presents because they can either play alone or share it with their friends and siblings and enjoy spending time in the sun and breathing fresh air.
Toys that ‘grow’ with them
There are plenty of toys that children play with for a day or two and then forget all about them afterwards. It’s because these toys have only one purpose and children can’t use their imagination when playing with them. Try to choose toys kids will keep coming back to: stuffed toys for pretend play, Disney Funko Pop vinyl figures, themed Lego sets (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean), or get them a DIY kit and help them make their own toys. These toys allow kids to use their imagination every time they play with them, help develop their creativity, and some of them might even be collectibles in the future.
“Get ready to read” toys
Reading is a skill that takes time and patience to master, and if you start encouraging your child to read early on, they’ll be more likely to love books when they grow up. Introducing reading is not easy because children can see it as a difficult task and might be discouraged if they aren’t immediately great at it. You should present it as a fun and interesting activity, and the best way to start is by playing different games with magnet letters. The easiest way for young children to learn to read is through play, and when they are old enough, you could also consider interactive books.
Musical toys are perfect when you want to introduce children to music. You can use this opportunity to see if your children have a knack for music, singing, or a particular instrument. However, you should probably consult the parents before you buy their child a little trumpet or a drum set. It might be the most interesting and entertaining present ever, as long as the parents (and the neighbors) learn to live with the noise.
Finding the right present for a child isn’t always easy, but if you choose it carefully, you’ll be able to get them something wonderful. Choosing the perfect present will mean that they will play with it and cherish it for years to come.