Sometimes it seems like there are too many formulas for buying birthday presents for kids. One, of course is fulfilling the children’s sugary cravings. The other are piles of toys, with one special variation – a toy that is currently occupying most of the ad space.
The end result of a birthday party as you can imagine, would be a house filled with stuffed things and an unbearable amount clutter. Understandably, it is easier to go with the flow, but there are many other places to look and ways to find the items that will intrigue kids’ minds, make their hands busy and provide them with great fun.
Go through Pre-Loved
Kids do not care if someone owned something before them, and in most cases, they don’t even notice. Visit some local flea markets, garage sales or websites that sell used items. Who knows what can you find there? There can be many interesting toys which are no longer in stores, or even some that were never available in your state. Just make sure that the item you are buying is not damaged in any way, that it is safe for children to use and age-appropriate.
Sign Up instead of Buying
Buying a tangible gift is overrated. You will do a greater favor to children and the parents (if you are not buying a gift for your child) if you enable them to learn something new. Try to learn about kids’ interests and talents, and based on that figure out what might be the perfect course. It can be everything ranging from language lessons and coding course (after all, coding is the new writing) to a hobby like music lessons or skills like karate, football, etc.
Think about the Priceless
What is priceless in life? Emotions and experiences. It is possible to give the kids both of those, along with something as simple as a day out, a picnic, a travel, etc. Depending on the children’s age, you can make that experience a kids-only thing, or join the fun.
Enter into the Online Realm
Think of internet as one giant shopping mall, with more options and a wider offer than you could ever imagine to find in some brick & mortar store. In fact, there you can find many things that you wouldn’t find even if you went through all the malls in your town. Go through various online shops to find collectibles, sports memorabilia, and creative quirky gifts that can put a smile on every kid’s face.
Travel Back to the Past
Remember that excitement when you saw your little Tamagotchi hatch from an egg (nowadays they use an app for that)? Or the time when you first pressed the ‘on’ button on your Super Nintendo? Give your kids the opportunity to experience those feelings the same way you did. You might think that they will not be interested in such “ancient” items, but it is quite possible for them to find this stuff intriguing and challenging. Have faith in them.
Take the Kid with You or Ask a Parent
One of the simplest ways to buy the right gift is if you know what the right gift is. If you take the kid with you, you may be surprised about his/her choice. Perhaps he/she does not even want Minions stuffed toys, but prefers a Rubik’s Cube or a Lego set.
If you are buying a gift for someone else’s child, you can also ask the parent about the best choice of gifts. That may ruin the surprise, but at least you will know where you stand. If you have some special and rather unconventional gift in mind, it is always best to ask first.
Now you see that you are not limited to several gift formulas. Search beyond what you think is usual when it comes to buying gifts for kids. Do not stop at regular toy stores, and do not hook on the ideas we gave – be creative, inventive and imaginative and you will surely find the perfect gift to buy. If you do not want to buy it – make it – it is as simple as that.