Most kids do not have the money or opportunity to shop for nice gifts for their parents. Instead, for birthdays or holidays, they can get busy making or baking a present or planning a favour, event or other surprise. Kids and their grown-up helpers can find almost endless ideas for giving their mom or dad something special and unexpected.
Kids can find many suggestions online for gifts they can make. The Disney Family Fun website suggests ideas such as collages with photos or drawings, an apron dad can wear when grilling, a paperweight or a small book filled with special notes. (See Reference 1) Parents may love a frame their child has decorated with a memento, such as ticket stubs from a big game, a special picture or homemade artwork, suggests KidsHealth.org. Children also could plant flowers timed to bloom at for the occasion, rooted in a pot or container they have painted or decorated. They could also learn a hobby, such as needle crafts or writing poetry, and offer a gift they made using their new skill. (See Reference 2)
The kitchen offers many opportunities for kids to make gifts for their parents, perhaps with the help of a grown-up. A kid can help make cookies or other treats to package in a pretty container or layer dry ingredients nicely in a jar, with the recipe included for finishing the dessert. (See Reference 2)
Gift of Time
Kids need not hand their parents a material gift to make a birthday or holiday special. A child can plan and promise an outing that allows him to spend special time with his parents, Dr. Michael Unger suggests in Psychology Today. (See Reference 3) The child can pay for part of the event and share the rest of the cost with the parent or plan an economical event, like a hike or a family fun night.
Kids can offer their parents a useful service as a gift, such as programming an electronic device, Unger said. Also using their technological skills, children can make their parents a Web page or a family video. They also could create gift tokens pledging services or treats, such as walking the dog, cooking breakfast or a weekend without fighting with their siblings. If they can manage it, children could even make a donation to a charity that the parent supports. (See Reference 3)
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