There’s less than two months until Christmas - time really is flying this year, which means it’s time to get planning. For most parents, when it comes to selecting gifts for the kids, the main bulk of presents are made up of toys and games. While that’s all well and good, the chances are your kids don’t actually need any more toys or games. Or, at least, not a Santa sack full. Believe it or not, toys aren’t the only things that make great Christmas gifts for kids. There are plenty of other things that you can put into your children’s stockings that they’ll love. It’s just a case of getting inspired and thinking outside of the box.
Whether your child already has a favorite magazine or not, a magazine subscription can make a fantastic gift. For Christmas, buy your child a one-year subscription to a magazine that you know they will enjoy reading. It could link to their hobbies in some way, or it could simply be a magazine that’s made for their age group. If you’re not sure which one to go for, take your child to your local store and see what they show an interest in.
Reading for pleasure is a hobby that all children should partake in. Not only is reading a great alternative to watching TV or playing computer games, it’s also a great way to help your children to do better at school. Studies have shown that children who read more tend to be smarter and achieve higher grades. So giving your child a book or two for Christmas is ideal. Once you find an author that they like, they’ll realize just how much fun reading can be.
Fun items of clothing
Clothing might not be something that you think of as a gift, but it can be. If there’s a certain item of clothing that’s more expensive than normal or that your child really wants, it can make a great gift. The same applies to shoes - stylish shoes or trainers can also make a great gift. To get some ideas, have a look online. From funny kids shirts to pretty dresses and designer coats, there are plenty of clothing items that make great gifts for kids. It’s just a case of finding the perfect ones for your child.
Jewelry or a watch
A great non-toy present could be the gift of jewelry or a watch. Children of all ages appreciate jewelry. It’s just a case of finding a piece that’s age appropriate. For younger children, a bracelet or an anklet is often the best option. If you’d prefer to get your child a watch, it’s best to get them one that’s smart, so that it can be worn to school, but isn’t too expensive. If your child is forgetful, it’s a good idea to opt for a waterproof watch, so that it isn’t damaged if they wear it in the shower.
These are just a few suggestions of non-toy gifts that kids are sure to love; there are also plenty of other options.