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Best and useful all time gifts for children

Updated on December 6, 2009

Best and useful all time gifts for children

Aside from quality time and unconditional love we give to our children, it is fun to give them gifts once in a while specially during special occasions.

I love children and I am always happy looking at them when they unwrapped a gift and that beautiful smile upon receiving gifts. I am writing this article because I want to share some nice gifts which we can give to children such as books, educational toys and musical instruments. I am also suggesting what gifts to avoid and some tips in choosing stuff to give.

Book is a nice gift to give to children the whole year round, not only during Christmas and birthdays. It is a nice gift because it helps the children to develop the habit of reading. Exposing them to books at an early age will make them inquisitive and become analytical later in their life.

Musical instruments are also nice gifts for children, but when you give the instruments, you should also be prepared to accompany it with how to learn the instrument kit or else enroll them so that they can learn it more. If you are just giving this type of gifts to other children, you might like to suggest it to the parent. Learning music at an early childhood will make them inclined to music later on in their life and besides it is a nice way to while away their time so that they don’t get bored and to keep them busy while enjoying what they are doing. Music or different form of arts is a nice hobby for children. You as the caretaker knows what type of music instruments will be best for them. Good choices are: guitar, violin, flute, clarinet or piano tops the list of possible gift for children. We choose gift base on the budget we have and on the usefulness of it.

Educational toys

Educational toys are also good gifts for children. Give age appropriate toys which will make them think and encourage learning. Blocks are classic for toddlers, while music and chimes for 0-2 years old, You can also give them alphabet and numbers learning toys. A walkie-talkie is also nice one or a phone toy which is battery operated so that you can teach them how to dial a number and you can pretend to talk to them using your cell phone. In this way children knows how to use telephone in case of emergency or dial the help number. This goes along with learning alphabets and numbers and colors. For older children, they love to do things themselves so it is preferred to give them learning kits on how to do certain things, drawing, art etc. They become more adventurous too and would like to explore the outside world. If it is not summer, it is also nice to have a bicycle or balls (soccer, football, basketball etc.) to get them involved and to be sports minded.

Stuff toys are also wholesome and a nice gift as they comfort the children specially when they are sleeping.

Simple tips in choosing toys for children:

I usually avoid giving toys which I call gender unfriendly toys like dolls and kitchen stuff (for cooking) for little girls or tools for boys, cooking to avoid some gender specific stereotypes, sometimes children get the idea that their role is just to cook or just dress up like the dolls they are playing. I don’t give gift which are color specific like pink for girls or boys to avoid categorizing them.

When we give gifts to children we must consider if she has a hobby so that they can appreciate it more.

The safety and condition of the toys are also important. I am not here to advertise but then in my own opinion, I wouldn’t give any child toys which are cheaper and yet toxic. I have read that lead in toys is poisonous. This is important because children put toys in their mouth oftentimes.

Simple toys are better than the most complicated ones and the size of the toy is important too. Usually they put it in the package and instructions if it is appropriate for the child and the age too. They might swallow small sizes and to avoid choking hazards.

It is also important that we give gifts which they can play with at appropriate time of the year. You don’t want to give a gift like bicycle or fishing gears to a child during winter. Sure it is a nice gift but you don’t want it to stay in the shelf for long.

And now, we are ready to buy a gift for a child we care for and love. I hope this simple tips will help you in choosing gifts for children.

Thank you all for reading this and you have a good day!


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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my kids prefer educational toys over books. I made them myself

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      thank you daisy, Maita

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      daisyjae 8 years ago from Canada

      I liked this hub, lots of good gift ideas.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      thanks pddm67 for the read, yes they are my top choices too! Maita

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      pddm67 8 years ago from Queens, New York

      Great ideas prettydarkhorse. Your first three choices are always my top pics for kids. All the kids in the family know they will get at least 1 book from me at Xmas along with something else. They actually put together a list of the books they want now! Rock on!

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi beccas90, yes love those choices of yours too! they are awesome to give to children as they develop some talent and skills too!

      thanks for dropping by! have a good day!

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      beccas90 8 years ago from New York

      Great ideas and hub. I've always loved the musical instruments and educational toy and felt the leapfrog table was such a great choice to combine both.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi king7 thanks for dropping by!

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      socit2009 8 years ago

      Links :-

      You are the best gift

      Parents and their behavior also teachers and surrounding people

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi sabreblade, how are you! you are funny, yes her kness dont bend, how can she really drive that corvette, isnt it!

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      sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      "Although i will not recommend Barbi because it is teaching wrong values to children-gender stereotyping and the concept of beauty of distorted,,,"

      And her knees don't bend.

      So how does she drive that Corvette?

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi needful things, thanks for dropping by, and your nephew is a smart kid, knows the specs already?

      Although i will not recommend Barbi because it is teaching wrong values to children-gender stereotyping and the concept of beauty of distorted,,,

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      needful things 8 years ago from Poland

      My nephew a 5 year old kid is demanding a sony playstation. She even recited the specs. Tsk tsk tsk tsk... Why can't she be contented with a barbie...

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      hi Beth, thanks for dropping by, I know you are busy buying gifts now, christmas comes early in the Philippines,

      hi Dohn, yes youre right blocks are classic but they are usperb for children mental growth, as well as Legos...thanks for dropping by!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks for all of the wonderful tips, Pretty. I find that Legos and Duplo blocks never go out of style, but that's just me. Old fashion wood blocks are great too. I guess that there's a reason why they're still widely sold all around the globe. Awesome ideas, thanks!

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      beth811 8 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      Good tips, Maita! Great timing as Christmas is fast approaching.