The end of the year marks a number of gift-giving holidays. From Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa, there are many opportunities to give gifts to children. But how do you keep your gift from being lost in the shuffle, or losing meaning in the bustle of the holiday celebration? The important thing is to put thought into your gift and give things that have meaning for the child receiving them.
During the holidays, the emphasis on spending time with loved ones can be reinforced in your gifts to kids. Present the child with tickets to a sporting event or movie that you can take them to, a book that you can read with them or a puzzle that you can work together. By doing things with the child, you are giving them a second intangible, but no less valuable, gift: the gift of your time.
While fad toys may come and go, a gift that nurtures a child’s talents will be fondly remembered and develop skills that will serve them for years to come. A set of dance shoes or musical instrument and a tape of lessons can help stimulate mental development as well as build a child’s poise and confidence.
Children are filled with curiosity about the world around them. A wide range of science-based and other educational toys are available to indulge that curiosity. Younger children may appreciate terrariums filled with bugs or ants, while older children may enjoy a telescope and a book on astronomy. Subjects such as ancient Egypt, dinosaurs or geology also capture a child's imagination. Ask the parent of the child in advance which subjects interest the child before purchasing an educational toy. This will ensure that you purchase a toy that the child appreciates.