Christmas is just around the corner, and kids have already sent their wish lists to the North Pole. Every year they enjoy reading and listening to the stories about Santa who brings presents and drops them in Christmas stockings, or under the Christmas tree. At the same time, their parents are facing a tough task to successfully play the role of Santa
Most parents will tell you that their kid has too many toys – so when it comes to Christmas gifts, how do you choose the right one, without merely adding to the clutter? For a gift that truly stands out – and will stand the test of time – follow our advice.
First, check the label – most toys come with advice on age appropriateness. Second, use your own judgment. And third, think about what materials the toys are made with.
What do they love to do? Drawing or building blocks? Are they obsessed with dinosaurs or superheroes? Think about a gift that could feed their interest.
In our largely wasteful world, a toy that can be used for years is highly prized. Items like Lego, bikes, and blackboards can be used for years and handed down to other children.
Choose toys that both foster creativity and free play, as well as ones that teach more “formal” skills like numeracy and literacy.
This is a rule we go back to again and again. Books take up very little space, have an infinite shelf life (pun intended), and can be handed down.
This might sound difficult, but you will have to find out what the child is dreaming of, and find a present that will be useful not just today, but in some years to come.
Look for toys that help your child practice current physical skills and develop new ones.
Think small because that sets the expectation for the next year. Determine to make Christmas special by enjoying family traditions, and know that the choices you make today pave the way toward financial freedom in the future.