In a world of fast-moving trends and touch screens, finding a unique gift that holds a child’s attention without annoying their parents can be a tall order.
Add a vague obligation to choose something educational or wholesome, and it’s easy to see why this simple task paralyzes otherwise decisive adults. Thankfully, the parenting team here at Home Worth has had a lot of experience both giving and receiving gifts for children of all ages. Here are some ideas that are sure to please.
Infants and toddlers (ages 1 to 3)
At this age, babies and toddlers may struggle to speak, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know what’s going on. Young children learn through play, much in the way scientists learn by doing experiments.
In the same way, preschoolers can get the most benefit (and enjoyment) from toys that also teach them about how the world works. With that in mind, games that encourage pattern matching but don’t depend on numbers or words are a great way to encourage logical thinking among toddlers.
Kids in this age range don’t typically need a reason to let their imaginations run wild, but adding some props can encourage magical thinking.
Whatever gift you end up picking, don’t forget to wrap it. At that age, your children may be just as interested in the packaging as the toy itself.
Preschool (ages 3 to 6)
By the time kids approach preschool, they already have clear and vocal opinions about what they’re into (and not into). You’ll certainly have better success giving them something useful over trying to guess blindly at their interests if they haven’t made them clear already.
This age (like any age) is also a good time to read together. With their familiar characters and comfortable settings, illustrated series are a great place to start.
Elementary-schoolers (ages 6 to 10+)
By the time your child enters elementary school, you may have a hard time finding whatever hot new toy is trending with kids that age. Rather than trying to stay on top of the latest craze, we recommend giving gifts with long shelf lives that invite youngsters to learn about the world at large, or simply to build and play with the people around them.
This is also the age when children see their parents working, and start to think about their dream jobs. Ask your child what their dream job is and get them gifts that will add to their understanding and knowledge of the industry.