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Buying The Right Gift - Top Tips!

Updated on March 13, 2011

Unique Gift Ideas For Kids

As parents we are always looking for toys for our children, from babies to teenagers. Do YOu always struggle finding the right gift or a gift? Here are some top ideas to gift giving. Don't get wrapped up in the educational toys, action figures toys, electronic toys, collectable toys, wooden toys, talking toys, wind up toys and so many other different toys that I can’t write them all down. But which toys are the best toys for our children? That is the question all parents want to know and find out. During Christmas or Birthdays, toys are the most important part of these special occasions. After much research, here are the toys that ranked in the top for our children of today;

Itouch by Apple (favorite among teenagers)
Itouch by Apple (favorite among teenagers)

Top Gifts By Age Group

For Babies or Toddlers Between The Ages of 1-3

Little People by Fisher-Price

Laugh and Learning Puppy by Fisher-Price

Stack Around SillyTown by Fisher-Price

My First Dollhouse by Fisher-Price

Light Up Learning Phone by V Tech

Littlest Pet Shop by Littlest Pet Shop

For Children The Ages of 4-7

Fun 2 LearningComputerCoolSchool by Fisher-Price

Walk and Giggle Doll by Mattel

Leapfrog Tag Learning System by Leapfrog

Wooden Shape Sorting Clock by Melissa and Doug

Triple Hit Baseball by Fisher-Price

Thomas The Train by Thomas & Friends

Kids The Ages of 5-8

Polly Pockets by Mattel

Nintendo DSi by Nintendo

Ultimate Bumble Bee Transformer by Hasbro

Crayola Hannah Montana Light Up Designer Studio by Binney & Smith

Power Rangers Action Figures by TRU

Any footballs, baseballs, swords and guns by Nerf

Older Kids From Ages 9-12

IlluStory by Creations by you

Fashion Studio by SmartLab

Wii by Nintendo

Bakugan Board Game by Bakugan

PSP by Playstation

Cranium Games by Cranium

Teenagers From Ages 13-16

IPod by Apple

Itouch by Apple

Cell phone



Yes, this list is broad but it will help you as you are deciding to choose a gift for the child within that age range. Action figures like Power Rangers, Ben 10, GI Joe, and Transformers are always a hit with boys from 5 to 8 years of age. In fact, Barbie dolls that I don’t list above are wonderful for girls from 4 to 10 years of age.

I like to buy my son toys like an action figures to work on his imagination and this helps him when he is playing. Let your children get bored, they will start using there imagination and it is wonderful to see them start playing and watch as they develop games, people, and places in their little minds. In addition, I like to buy him educational toys as well, like the Leapster by Leapfrog, the cartridge games for drawing, learning your alphabet and sounding out your words.

Keep in mind that children of any age should be playing and playing a lot, not just watching TV. Interaction with parents is very important so I suggest that parents play with their children as much as possible but don’t let your child become dependent on you as a playmate. It is fine line, I know.

As parents, we know that children grow (as much as we hate it) and then start getting more into bikes, motorcycles, skateboards or scooters. Most girls and boys like board games as they get older or camera’s or phones. Not to mention the IPod that is very important for most teenagers. They grow so fast and want the bigger items like a new wardrobe or cell phones. But for my nieces and nephews I try to buy books and board games because I think it is important that the read and learn to play games. Clothes are great gifts but not toys in the teenage years. I love board games as presents because we can play together as a family and I think that is very important for us all.

As your children get older they want to spend less time with you so make sure during all of these years that you have toys that you can play with them, if possible. Regardless if they are wooden or electronic, play with your kids. The Wii is our favorite toy in our house because we have “bowling night” and “baseball night.” It is good for our family; we laugh, and just have fun with each other. So review the toys for your kids, nieces or nephews and think before you buy. Make it special; make it fun and most of all make the toys about them and what they need to develop and grow as the years go by.

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    • theguru-reports profile image

      theguru-reports 7 years ago from Montana

      Never can get a good idea. This will help a lot. Thanks

    • Ladybird33 profile image

      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Guru, thank you, I hope it helps. I appreciate you reading and commenting!

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Lots of good ideas. I don't have many little ones to buy for so I don't know much about what younger children really like either. Good hub.

    • Ken R. Abell profile image

      Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

      Good Hub & timely. Thank you for all the good suggestions & information.

    • Ladybird33 profile image

      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Pamela99, thank you so much for reading and commenting. Glad you liked it.

      Ken, Yep, I hope this hub helps a lot of people. thanks for commenting.

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