Everyone loves presents, especially little children. To give presents to kids, there are plenty of occasions in every society. Be it the child’s birthday, a school event, a party or a milestone such as high school graduation, they deserve gifts! Other than common occasions, some parents also use gifts to motivate their kids to work harder. If you are a confused parent, trying to find out what kind of gifts would make your child happy, do not worry! You are at the right place!
Your child would most probably prefer a gift that is trendy and in tune with their likes. Also, the child’s age matters. Thus, we have put together a set of age-appropriate gift ideas for children of all age groups.
Gifts for Kids between 3 to 6 years of age:
At this age, kids are usually trying to learn new things – about the environment around them. It is an age where they slowly try to do simple tasks independently. Thus, it would be great to gift them something that will encourage them to explore things in a fun way. Let us see what your options are.
A bag of building blocks would make a great gift because of the following reasons. It is a simple and easy to play toy. They are colourful and not too heavy. The bright colours intrigue the children. These blocks also help in developing the child’s motor coordination. There are several brands of building blocks available in retail stores as well as on e-commerce websites. When you buy these, make sure that the plastic blocks do not have sharp edges as they may hurt the child.
A ball pit
A vibrant ball pit is sure to keep the child and his/her friends occupied for hours together! It is just a playhouse made of durable fabrics. It is filled with lots of colourful balls. A small group of children (the number depends on the size of the pit), can dive into the pit and have fun playing. Some pits also come with an attached hoop to shoot a basketball. This is a good choice as it can be used for parties – both outdoors and indoors.
A soft toy
Soft toys are a popular gift that never go out of trend. They are cute, furry and completely harmless. There are a multitude of options here – animals, finger puppets, insects, cartoon inspired characters etc… You can go with a soft toy based on the child’s favourite character or animal. It is not just in terms of type; you also have multiple options in size and colour. Life sized stuffed toys are almost a universal favourite! Not to forget, soft toys are easy on your pocket as well.
A rubber bowling set
A bowling set that is meant to be played indoors. Since the material is rubber, they do not cause as much noise when the marble hits the pins. It is a good way to keep your child entertained indoors. A mini bowling set is cute, fun and safe for children!
Gifts for kids between 7 to 10 years of age
BY the time children reach 2nd -3rd grade, they can try and read small sentences. They are also more aware of their surroundings and their own strengths. For example, by now you can identify if your child likes playing with numbers or if he/she has an advanced capability to read/write.
Kids of this age will enjoy putting together pieces of a puzzle. It can be a jigsaw puzzle set, a book of puzzles or a theme-based puzzle game. For example, if your child shows an inclination towards astronomy, you can gift him/her a solar system puzzle. Similarly, there are math puzzles, storytelling puzzles etc…There are several interesting puzzles for children in this age group.
Children who have started making tiny sentence can be encouraged to maintain a journal. It is up to the kid to use it in the way they want. They may record their travel experiences or even everyday happenings in their life. For the more artistic children, scrapbooks are a good gift! They are bright and colourful. Artsy children will be happy to own a scrapbook!
A thematic map/ a globe
One may or may not be able to physically take their children around the globe. But children can certainly learn a lot from a map or a globe. There are various thematic maps that give information about various regions in the world. Children can learn a lot about places, their geographies and culture etc…
Stationary, colour pencils, art kits
If you have identified that the child has a creative bent of mind, it is a good idea to gift anything that will help them express themselves through their skills. This could include colouring books, colour pencils, crayons boxes, art kits or other stationary items. There are several DIY kits for children of this age. These kits will spur the child’s ability to think and work independently. With DIY kits, children also learn how to follow directions. Some kids also love experimenting on their own. Thus, this would be a good gift idea.
Gift ideas for kids between 11 to 14 years of age
By this age , most children become quite independent. Some of the age-appropriate gifts ideas are described below.
There are several children’s magazines – both online and offline. A subscription to one of these will help them enhance their reading skills. They will also observe how other children their age think and write. Thus they can develop writing skills too.
A pet is a good companion for children to grow with. Ask anybody with a pet and you will know how special the bond is. It could be a pup, a kitten, fish or a bird. Know what the child loves and present them with that pet animal. They will automatically learn to care for other species and have a connection with them.
Depending on what sport the child is into, you can gift them the gear required for it. A football, sneakers, hockey stick, cricket accessories etc… are a few possible options. It will not just make the child happy; they will also be able to use the gift in their favourite activity.
A Potted Plant
Like a pet, plants also help children to become one with nature. In this extremely industrialized world, having a plant or two in their room will add to the aesthetic of the room. Some people find tending to their plants therapeutic. If you think your child is one of those people, a plant will cheer them up!