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Christmas Presents for Children
It's that time of year again. What to do about Christmas gifts for children. The best way to decide what to get your child for Christmas is to keep the child's age in mind. If a child is under 2 years old we should not spend a great deal of money on toys which they will soon outgrow. Not only will you find that the child will not play with the toy for long but will often play with the box that the toy came in on Christmas day. Save your money and buy the child one Christmas present so that you can take pictures to put in your memory book.
Once a child is three and older, they can tell you what they want for Christmas. This is the time to start spending money on more than one present if you can afford it. Between the ages of 3 and 6 is when we really need to begin to buy presents based on the child's gender and age. The first step is to ask the child what they like to play with. I recommend buying items that will help the child develope his learning skills and maintain some physical activity. I do not recommend all of the computerized games.
Children between the age of 6 and 10 are sometimes the hardest to buy presents for because there are so many commercials aimed at this group. They are capable of understanding how things work as well as voice their opinion if they are not thrilled with your choice of Christmas present. I therefore recommend that you ask them for a list with the understanding that they will not be getting everything on the list. This worked very well with my children when they were this age.
Christmas Presents for Teenagers
There are several things that you should do before buying Christmas presents for teenagers. The first thing is to have an honest conversation about the family finances if you have fallen on hard times. Let your teenager know that you cannot afford the most expensive presents and let them decide on what there present should.
Even if you can afford to give your teenager the most expensive present, this may send the wrong message. I began at the age of 12 informing my children that it is better to wait until after Christmas because everything will be on sale then. From this point on my teenagers never asked for Christmas presents. Instead we went shopping on the day after Christmas where they could get more for their money.