Presents for Children (0-18yrs): How to Choose The Right Gift

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Presents for Children (0-18yrs): How to Choose The Right Gift

2018-06-20T19:43:51+00:00

Summary: Have no idea when to gift a children and don’t know how to choose the right presents for children that they will cry out thank you to you? Read on and you will get a complete guide on when to give a kid a present, researches to do before buying a gift. And of course, the best gifts recommended by genders and by ages.

Reading Time: 10 minutes

Part 1. When to Give A Kid A Present

The most happiest thing a kid loves is definitely getting a present no matter whether it is a special day or not because what he cares is what gifts he will get after opening the wrapping. He eagerly hoping that he will get the gift every day. Of course, that is unrealistic at all:

1. 4 Drawback of Giving Too Many Gifts to Children or For No Reason

If you randomly gift a kid to reward your kid, it will have counter-productive effects if not appropriately use it.

a). A Full Toys Storage Box or Closet

Presents that a kid is gifted are mostly kids toys and clothes. As day past, there will have no more space for new toys and clothes in the children’s closet and toy storage organizer and some old gifts will be put away which lead to waste.

Kids Messy Playroom Filled with Toys

b). Overspend Your Budget

There are countless types of kids toys which have a different price. Most of them are charged $10 to $50. However, when it refers to RC drone, electric riding vehicle and Kindle, the price can reach $199 to $500.

Buy Gifts for Kids Empty Wallet

c). Kids Can’t Truly Understand The Thanks and Giving

Some kids who don’t really know the true essence of gratitude will take it for granted that giving kids gifts is all moms do. This will spoil your kids and if you don’t gift your kids next time, they might think you don’t love them anymore or even being angry at you.

d). Unintentionally Build An “Exchange Relationship”

Some parents will give their child a gift as a reward for helping with the housework jobs. They think this might encourage their child for sticking to the good behaviors. However, this will unknowingly mislead kids that if I do something good, I will get a gift. They will go the wrong way to offer heartfelt kindness and generosity.

2. 4 Events When You Can Give Your Children A Present

Then, what will be the good time to give my kid a present? You might ask. Let’s check together:

a). Birthday Present

On this date, I get kids birthday party ideas from the internet and celebrate their birth. Tell them to get more mature to set a good example for their younger sisters/brothers. I will choose the gift more careful especially on their special years, such as 1st birthday, the year they enroll in kindergarten, the 18th birthday, etc. I am trying my best to pick up the most meaningful gifts for my kids on their special day.

Birthday Presents for Children

b). Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving

To celebrate Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving, give your kids a full table of delicious foods and a box of chocolate or some candies and then they will go out play with their friends after the dinner.

Thanksgiving Day Family Gathering

c). Christmas Present and New Year:

Christmas is a big day for all American. Early before Christmas, people start buying different things to decor the house for Christmas. It’s the day we have a family gathering and countdown to farewell the past and to welcome the new year. Christmas gift is another gift that I will spend more thoughts to pick for my kids.

Christmas Gift for Kids

d). Presents as A Reward

There are many toddler reward ideas available to help you make a decision when to give what to your kids. You can also make your own reward chart to customize that fits your needs perfectly. Remember to tell him/her what’s the reward gifted for and praise them from time to time.

Reward System for Kids

Part 2. Researches to Do Before Choosing Presents for Children

1. Research 1: What Age Range You Are Shopping for?

Different ages of kids are in need of different toys. Babies need early education toys, Toddlers need learn to walk toys and preschool kids love pretend play toys, etc. So there’s no wonder why baby gift shop categorized kids toys by age or by toy genres. Parents can find the kids’ toys easily by browsing the corresponding category.

Kids Different Age Range

2. Research 2: Do You Know What The Kids Interests Are?

“What to gift a girl?” and “what to gift a boy” are also two different questions. Besides age and gender, kids with different interest can also have a different reaction when receiving the same presents. Some kids love Thomas and Friends toy trains, some love transformer while some love Star Wars. They don’t hate receiving the toys that are not interested in but they would be happier if it’s their favorite character that you gift them. So, do some research on your kids’ interest before you select the toys for them.

Star Wars Toys for Kids

3. Research 3: Is if Safe for Kids?

a). BPA-Free and Toxin-Free or Not?

Most of the products of kids are made of plastic, so make sure that whether the plastic adopted is BPA-free and toxin-free for kids. Check the certification and toy safety symbols to see if they are certified by FDA, LFGB and EU.

Kids Toys Safety Symbols

b). Food-Grade Or Not?

When choosing a gift for your newborns, infants and toddlers, make sure that the products are food-grade because babies have no idea what it is and put anything into their mouth.

Kids Put Toys Into Mouth

c). Too Small That Kids Might Mistakenly Swallow

Some toys can be taken apart into tiny pieces. This is very dangerous gifts for kids under 5 might mistakenly swallow or get choked up. A number of kids get injured or choked to death because of mistakenly swallow small pieces of toys. So, check the age instruction before buying the toy and play the toy with your kids if they are too young.

Tiny Toy Parts Mistakenly Swallowed Kids

Part 3. What Kinds of Presents for Children to for My Kids

1. Gifts by Genders

a). Toy Ideas for Boys

Ride-on Bike
Most kindergarten boys love ride-on vehicles that is so much like the new ones. Some of them are electronics ride-on motorbikes and cars.

Kids Ride on Vehicles

RC drones
Some boys love RC drones that they can play them in the park or when going out for a picnic. The prices of RC helicopter drone range greatly for different built-in drone technology. Some RC drone enables you to shot a video at a distance with high resolution. And of course, the price will be different. Less than $30 RC drone gifts for boys age 14 is adequate.

Kids Toys RC Drone

Gifts for Boys Age 20 and More: Amiibo
If you are gifting a boy who is a big fan of anime or cartoon. Buy him an Amiibo is an ideal choice. But be sure that you know which figure he is crazy about. I am sure he will scream out happily once he opens this gift. Check the Amiibo list here.

Dinosaur
Another toy category a boy love is the dinosaur. They can play with the dinosaur all day long. Remember to keep your boys away from them when it’s dinner time, or you will regret you didn’t because your kids are distracted while having dinner and take the supper for almost 2 hours…

Kids Toy Dinosaur

b). Toy Ideas for Girls

Girls have different hobbies compared to boys. They love to pretend play toys, pinky toys, princess and more.

Pretend Play Toy
They have a great talent to imitate parents and people around them. So they are interested in playing with pretend play toys on doctor theme, kitchen theme and makeup theme and more pretend play examples.

Girls Toy Pretend Play

Princess
Every girl has a dream of becoming a princess and encounters their Mr. Charming one day. So, if you ask me what to gift a girl, what comes to my mind first will be Disney Princess! Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel and Merida.

Girls Toys Disney Princess

Musical Instruments
Girls who love singing a lot might prefer a musical instrument as their birthday gifts. Consider buy her one, maybe this will help foster your daughters’ interest on music and if fortunately, you will have a pop star daughter, LOL.

Girls Toys Musical Instruments

Gifts for Girls Age 20: Stuffed Animals
Every girl has at least one stuffed toys on their bed. Stuffed toys especially stuffed animals are cute and soft so girls who hold them in bed at night can feel comfortable and easily getting sleepy. In other word, stuffed animals are one of the tip on how to get baby to sleep through the night.

Girls Toy Stuffed Animals

2. Gifts by Ages

a). Babies

Baby Bath Seat & Floating Bath Toys
Baby bath seat is a mothers’ good helper to make it easier and safer on bathing a baby who is too young to sit. Baby Floating Bath Toys will delight your baby and keep him/her occupied so that you can give him a clean, quick and comfortable bath.

Baby Bath Seat

b). Toddlers

Toddler Walk Learning Toy
A toddler learn-to-walk toy is chosen by many moms. Playing with a learn to walk toy can help build leg muscles of your kids and help your kids learn to walk on their own.

Toddler Walk Play Toy

c). Preschooler

Little Kid Backpack
The first present you can give your kids when they are at their preschool age is a school backpack. They will be so happy having this gift and would love going to their kindergarten with their new schoolbag.

Kids School Backpack

d). Teenagers

Gift Ideas for Teenage Guys 17-year-old: Transformer Toys
Is your son a big fan of Gundam, the Japanese cartoon character? If the answer is yes, then buy him a transformer toy will be highly appreciated.

Transformer Toy for Teenager

3. 6 Non-Toy Gifts Recommended for Children

If you want your kids to stop getting addicted to toys and focus more on study and learning, you would reconsider gifting him a toy. What else can you gift your kid on his birthday except for toys?

a). Clothes for Best Dressed Child

Besides toys, another way to get boys happy is to buy him beautiful clothes like T-shirt, jackets, jeans, shoes and even sunglasses to make your little boy fashion. Gifting clothes to your kids is a more practical way to show your care and your love.

Little Boy Fashion

b). Baby Onesies Pajama

A baby onesies pajama is a good choice to give your toddler as a gift. Your kids will be happy about receiving this gift, and you can also happy to take photos of your lovely blue elephant and share them with your friends on Instagram and Facebook.

Toddler Onesies Pajama

c). Books

For school children, reading can broaden your kids’ mind and horizon without going out. The importance of reading books is remarkable if the reading habit is formed at his early age. Kids in different age group need different book genres: For baby boys, fairy tales and bedtime stories are good; for kindergarten, fiction, science and action books; for teenagers, books related to history, poetry and drama.

Pop Up Books for Toddlers

d). Lunch Boxes

If your toddler kids are about to reaching his/her preschool age, giving him/her a bento lunch box will be suitable. The elegant lunch containers and attractive toddler lunch ideas for picky eaters will stimulate your kids’ appetite and intake as much nutrition as they need.

Lunch Boxes Gift

e). Travel

Travelling is a good rest for kids’ mind and their bodies, to set your kids free from the heavy study load after a semester, you can arrange a short trip to the nearby attraction as his birthday gift or if it is summer vacation and you have time for a long trip, maybe a vacation abroad is not a bad idea. Traveling abroad can give your child the opportunity to learn a different culture, witness a different architectural style, appreciate a different scene and of course, taste a different food.

Non Toy Gifts Travel to China

f). Personalized Recipe Cards

The idea of giving your kids a personalized recipe card where they can write down what they would like to try on Saturday night. This is perfect for those raising a picky eaters who seldom love what you serve him. Allow kids to get engaged when making their dinner. Allow them to vote their favorite foods can help picky eaters grow interest on the foods that they chose or they helped to make.

Kids Personalized Recipe Cards

Part 4: Conclusion – The Best Present for Children is Your Presence

Some parents, who are busy working all day long, will feel guilty for not having much time to accompany their child and witnessing their growth. These parents might gift presents for children in order to compensate for their child.

However, for many children, if parents are absence for many important events of the child, or disconnect from their inner worlds, children might feel betrayed and incomplete. As a result, it is very likely that kids will sense insecurity and fail to foster intimate relationships with their parents.

Kids with Families

The word “Presence” pronounces alike “Presents” but their impacts on your kids’ childhood are apparently different. Parents’ presence on important school events means a lot on kids’ confidence. So I highly recommend that working parents should squeeze more time accompany them and show kids your love. This can mentally be the best gift in cultivating a healthy and positive childhood.

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2 Comments

  1. John Adams September 5, 2018 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Hi, The way you covered every aspect of it is very impressive.
    Would love to read more such Ideas from you. Thanks for this one though!

    • CoolKidPlus September 5, 2018 at 3:35 pm - Reply

      Hi John, I am so glad that you like it. I will keep the work on.

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