As a parent, whenever a birthday or Christmas rolls around you guarantee one thing. Toys, toys and more toys. It’s near impossible to stop all the toys from just blending into the carpet, the kids probably don’t know what they’ve even got by the time they’ve opened everything.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful when our families and friends spoil our children, but when everyone collectively spoils them, those well thought out gifts and expensive items just get pushed into the background, seemingly played with once and never seen again; until the inevitable bedroom clear out 6 months later…
So, what can you do to stop family and friends effectively wasting their money on gifts that won’t get as much attention as they deserve? Well, read on for some gift ideas you can plug when your generous friends and family start asking you what the kids like these days.
Don’t worry, they don’t have to gift them their house or anything. But something that grows in value over time is a great idea. Commemorative coins, even gold and silver – browse here – stocks and shares or even a Junior ISA they can pay into. Sure it might not be something they can show their friends, but when they turn 18 chances are their friends will wish they had one too.
The Gift Of Giving
How about a gift to a deserving cause, or a charity? Suggest a donation – in the child’s name – to a charity, perhaps an animal shelter, where they can then go and meet the animals they’re helping. Or how about sponsoring a child in a faraway country; they’ll get a pen pal out of it too and know that they’re really making a difference to someone less fortunate than them. Endangered animal charities usually send monthly updates and gifts from the animal too, so it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
The Gift of Reading
The gift of reading is utterly timeless. If the child is quite young, then someone gifting books that you can enjoy together is a sweet idea. If your child is an independent reader, then why not let someone treat them to the entire works of Roald Dahl, JK Rowling, or CS Lewis?
Or if books might not be too popular, how about a magazine subscription? Kids love it when they get mail, so having a bright and colourful magazine, filled with puzzles, crafts and a small gift every month will go down a treat. Plus, they’ll be building on their reading skills without even noticing!
A Sleepover Kit
Does your child spend a lot of nights or weekends with Grandma or an Uncle and Aunt? Why not put together a sleepover kit for them? A colourful sleeping bag, even a personalised bag with their name and destination on the front, not forgetting a special washbag to keep their toothbrush and toothpaste inside! It’ll make sleepovers even more special.