Note: This article contains affiliate links (hyperlinks, widgets, or through images), which means I receive compensation if you purchase a product through them. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers. Visit my disclosure page for more information.
Buying gifts for kids can often be a source of great stress for families, especially as they age. I’ve noticed as my son ages his likes become less and more expensive. I miss the days where he wanted everything in the toy aisle. Nowadays he can barely tell me what he likes which makes buying presents a pain.
Another part of the difficulty lies in finding something that they will genuinely enjoy yet is relatively educational. This can be quite a predicament! But with the right approach, it can actually be easy and fun. Here are a few gift ideas that will satisfy all needs – theirs and yours.
Classes, Camps, And Activities
Most people think of presents as a physical object of some kind. Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be the case. The truth is they can be all sorts of things. One thing that is likely to go down pretty well with your child is buying them a class or activity to attend.
Think about what your child enjoys doing and go from there. Some of my top choices for my kids have been swimming lessons, Seaworld camps, Play-Well TEKnologies, and art classes.
This is a great gift idea because it gives them a chance to do something they truly love but at the same time benefits them. If possible, you might even consider letting them do some trial classes. This is a popular option for things like karate and gymnastics. This way they can choose between their favorites and you will know they like it BEFORE you pay.
If you want to get them something that will encourage more writing and old fashion communication, then buying fine stationery is a great way to go. I know it doesn’t sound that exciting at first. Trust me, depending on how its made they just might love it. You can find stationery which is both personalized and actually quite special these days.
Get them away from social media and talk them into making a pen pal. Perhaps, they have a friend that will be moving away soon or have long distant family they are gravely missing. Or maybe they have a special circumstance and want to connect with like-minded people. Write them!
Who doesn’t love a good experiment? Discovering how things work and why is always fun. This is an option which all kids love, no matter what age they are. You could invest in a decent science laboratory for your child. These come in a wide variety of sizes and types, and you will probably find that they are generally quite affordable too.
Just make sure that you buy them one appropriate for their age, as the quality varies widely depending on their intended age of use. If you shop around a little, you should find the perfect match. I’ve had success with Discover With Dr. Cool and Snap Circuits. My boys love them!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.