I have 3 amazing children. They are adults now, but I still take several things into account when shopping for their birthdays. One reason is because they are all individuals. Although they were raised in the same home, they are three different people. It is always good to take this into consideration when shopping for anyone. For now we are gonna speak on three things I take into account when shopping for my children and clients.
When you think of traditional gifts for kids what are some of the first things that come to mind? Savings Bonds, Bikes, Piggy Banks, Gift Cards, Etch-A-Sketch, Jacks or Legos. This could go on forever if we all chimed in (you can do so in the comments below). Yes, our first T is Tradition. Looking at the list above probably took you back down memory lane. Some of your old school toys are probably hand me downs that have been in your family for years. Nothing replaces memories.
What’s also a cool idea is to start your own tradition with your kids that they will pass down to their children. For one of my clients, I made a journal for her mom that the family wrote in telling her some things that each member felt for her and the impact she made on their lives, then leaving some pages blank in between entries for her to respond to what was shared and her thoughts about that family member. This journal then would be passed on for generations to come.
Another T that always gets crossed, that at times makes shopping very easy is the latest Trend. Some favorites are found this way, but most of these are fads and may fade with the announcement of the next big thing. Fidget Spinners, Hatchimals, LOL Dolls and Slime, to name a few, although we may have some contenders in the list, but I’m sure some will fade to black. If not, the child will out grow them. However brief, trends are still fun so these are still great options according to the child’s attention span.
Speaking of holding attention, the last T in this group is Talent. Nurturing a child’s interest is a great way to feed their soul. It also strengthens their confidence. Even if it’s not your child, knowing that someone has taken notice of something they enjoy encourages them to keep trying new things or stick to what they love. Talent enhancing gifts are things like sewing machines, cameras (beyond the cell phone), chemistry sets, books and journals for the writer are great, air sticks, because drum sets take up a lot of space and let’s not mention the noise (Scenstar Creative Children Lightweight Rhythm Sticks are reasonably priced if you’re in need of a pair on amazon.com for $14.99).
Several other factors may go into choosing the perfect gift, like, favorite color, age, maturity level, allergies etc… Tradition, Trends and Talent are just some other factors to help you find the perfect gift based on who the child is becoming. My three all could easily be put in one of these categories.
Cross these T’s for the remainder of this year when shopping for play dates and birthday parties. If you have any suggestions or other ideas when gift shopping please let me know. Feel free to share the above tips with friends and family. Tag me on social media @mercicadeaux if you use any of these tips on your next purchase.