Gift giving is a fun way to show someone you care; whether it’s for their birthday, the holidays or just because you can. But finding something unique and enjoyable can be a struggle, especially when it’s for a child you don’t know very well. Take the tough stuff out of kids presents with these four fun ideas.
1. The gift of imagination
Imagination is an essential element of a happy childhood. Children with good imaginations are on average happier, more alert and more likely to grow into well-adjusted, secure adults. MyDeal pretend play toys offer ample opportunity for them to stretch their brains. They can practice adulthood in their own shopping mart or kitchen, act mythical like a pirate or play families with a dollhouse.
Looking for something way outside the box? Take roleplaying to the next level as a real-life Barbie in a pink ride on car. Don’t fret - there’s an adult remote control so they aren’t really driving.
2. Make a splash this Summer
Learning to swim is one of the most important skills for children in Australia. So why not give them the gift of the Summer with a brightly coloured swimming aid endorsed by four time Olympic gold medallist Libby Trickett. Emma Brodie, from SwimFin has more:
“SwimFin is a unique, self-adjusting swimming aid suitable for all sizes and abilities and for anyone aged 2 and above. It can be used on all four swimming strokes and can help children learn to swim faster (by up to 30%)!”
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3. Revive a classic gift
What ever happened to family games night? Board games have found their way out of favour and into the dusty attic as we become increasingly technology focused. But there’s benefits to bringing out the kid-friendly classics from Operation to Jenga. They’re the perfect opportunity for family bonding away from the screens and a great way to develop your child’s social skills. Budget friendly and easy to wrap, bring along a board game for the next kids birthday party present.
4. A book a day keeps the boredom at bay
It’s hard to beat a good book when it comes to gift giving. Susan Spelic from The Reading Mountain describes the benefits of colourful, locally produced books:
“Nothing can beat cuddle time with your child and a beautiful book. It's beautiful down time for everyone. The Reading Mountain’s books are innovative and engaging. Produced and printed in Melbourne, five new 'super cool’ chapter books are proving to be popular among 3-7 year olds. The Reading Mountain books offer a personal touch and an affordable option when Santa is looking for Christmas stocking gifts.”
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There’s nothing quite like bringing joy to another. Watch the joy and surprise on your little one’s face as they rip into one of these great gift ideas.
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