The “It’s an avocado!” Thank you!” It may seem simple to children, but finding the best gift for a child requires attention to detail – and an ear for reactions to various toy advertisements – as if parents and loved ones don’t already have their hands full when it comes to anything that has to do with children.
Children can be special. The things kids like change not only with age, but also with evolving trends from television shows and new technologies. If parents are lucky, their child will write a long list of the exact items they want as a birthday or Christmas present and proudly hang them on the fridge – but sometimes it can be a pretty stupid gift idea for the child to develop another.
Instead of buying yet another stuffed animal, here are some tips on how to successfully find the best gifts for children of all ages.
What to give a toddler
Everyone knows the reputation of the “terrible two,” which is given to the stage of development when you are not a baby but not yet an independent child. At this age, children constantly oscillate between the desire to explore the world on their own and dependence on parents for most basic needs such as eating, dressing, or going to the toilet. That is a much of frustrating emotions to go through in a day. Kitchen playsets, toys that encourage different motor skills, and anything music-related are gifts that make toddlers feel in charge to lots of support from a parent – ideal for this age group.
What is there to buy for elementary and middle school children?
Possibly a more daunting phase than the terrible twos: the phase where the pressure to be cool is unrelenting. This is that age. Although “cool” can have multiple interpretations, gifts that help develop an older child’s critical thinking skills and sense of independence, responsibility, and style are all smart ideas. This can be anything from STEM toys to makeup tools for beginners to a fitness tracker or a pretend pet that encourages practice routines. Anything involving an app, tablet or e-reader is also a guaranteed win.
What is there to buy for teenagers?
Finding a gift that a teenager thinks is cool (and that will stay on trend for more than a few months) might be one of the most difficult purchases you’ll make all year. They’ll probably make a few big softball suggestions, but if you go the surprise route, remember that they care about brands. Thanks to social media influencers promoting products directly to teens on Instagram and TikTok, Gen Z kids are loyal to specific brands of tech, accessories, and even water bottles. If you follow the trends as closely as she does (trust us, We do), it’s not rocket science to crack the code “The best gifts for teenagers”.
So, without further ado, here are the best gifts for kids of all ages – both toy and non-toy gifts:
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