Christmas is fast approaching, we all know that. Thanksgiving is done for another year, black Friday sales have finished, or not with some retailers, and so now Christmas is on the countdown and the panic could be starting to set in. Many parents can become really preoccupied with what to get their children at Christmas. They may not know what might be the right gift, what they really want, or what might prove useful in the months to come. Thinking all of that while trying to not overdo it, buy too much, or spoil your children. It can be confusing. However, I wanted to share with you a different approach to choosing your children’s gifts this Christmas. I hope it offers you some inspiration for the next few shopping weeks.
A gift that encourages your child to be active
We all know that these days children are spending more time inside where they play with their online games, their tablets, and even their smartphones. While there is nothing wrong with embracing technology, it’s also good to encourage your children to get outside and be more active. If not for themselves but for their health. So a Christmas gift that encourages this could be ideal. You could consider looking into a bike, maybe a standard pushbike for younger children and then looking at dirt bikes for youth for your pre-teens or teenagers. You might want to give the gift of a sports membership, paying for lessons in advance for certain sports, or even other active presents such as sports equipment. The options are endless when you think about it, and it could really open up another hobby or dedication for your child.
A gift that inspires your child
Maybe you want to inspire your child this Christmas. Perhaps you have noticed that they have developed a love for a certain type of music or particular artist or band, perhaps they play themselves. Maybe they have taken a keen liking to watching a particular sport on the TV or following a sports personality or team. Whatever the case may be, if you are wanting to inspire your child in some way, maybe to learn an instrument, or play a sport, then buying them tickets to an event could be the ideal Christmas gift. You get the excitement on the day but also the lead up to the event date itself.
A gift that is useful
Finally, you may want to consider more useful gifts this Christmas. Perhaps gifts that would help them in their education. Maybe some art pencils for projects, school books and stationery for the school year ahead, or even some educational technology to help them learn. You might want to think about something like a watch, which isn’t just a good present, but helps a child to learn about time, and telling the time. Being accountable for where they are and the time it takes to do things.
I hope that these three tips help you to think outside of the box this Christmas with your choice of gifts.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.