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Gifting Ideas for Children

Updated on March 31, 2012

Going back in time..

Helen Hedgehog's Party- That was the name of my first prize at school. I was in Prep School and it was a book.

More than 25 years ago, my mom got me ready for the big event- my first Annual Day at my first school. My father ironed my uniform crisp and shined my shoes so much because he was trying to make the brown ones look black and shiny.

I don’t remember if I was nervous or excited or both. My picture shows me smug and shy.

I am sure mum still has my prized possession tucked away in her bed box somewhere.

Collecting my first prize at school
Collecting my first prize at school | Source
My first book prize
My first book prize | Source

I do know that it had a huge impact on me. I treasured it, I read it loads of times; I copied and drew the pictures shown in the book. I remember the story was about a party thrown by Helen the hedgehog and one of the characters (aah I can’t rember who, I think it was the mouse) was very pleased to receive the invitation but was worried because she did not have a nice dress to wear to the party!

I was proud of my prize and I think I won it for merit, for achieving a ranking among the top five or something. What a wonderful way to encourage a young student!

Later of course my mother introduced books and reading to me and bought me many children’s books, I always yearned for more! As young as age 5 I was reading little books voraciously.

Even today years later when I buy gifts for my nieces and nephews I prefer books and my husband thinks that I am a bore! I argue, it is the best habit you can inculcate in a child and you need to do it while they are young. With so much exposure to the internet and video games and other media today, children are not so attracted to reading books or exploring their creative skills like writing, drawing and other arts and crafts.

With 4 nieces and 3 nephews ranging from 6 months to 15 years, we are always scratching our heads for nice gifts for these growing children.

Some of the most common I figure are :

  • Books
  • Games
  • Arts & Crafts Kits
  • Bicycle, rollerskates
  • Sports goods and apparel

Any other great ideas that kids will enjoy as well learn something from? This is going to be one lifelong endeavour to get them great stuff for their birthdays and every milestone they cross!


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      askpanditji 6 years ago

      I like your article, very useful and inspiring. thank you.