Unsure what to buy a child as the perfect gift? Leave the noisy toys on the shelf and instead, opt for one of these fun and practical presents that kids will love (and their parents will too!).
#1 The gift of time
Wouldn’t it be great if you could quite literally bottle time and give that as a gift?
This present is the second best thing: giving a child the gift of time with their family or caregivers in a way that is fun, thrilling and exciting.
Experience days out are not just for big kids in sports cars zooming around a track at break-neck speed. There are gift companies that are offering family days out too.
And there are some great options for kids too;
- How about buying them a guided tour of their favourite football team ground?
- Enjoy a family day out at an adventure park
- Or enjoy tea for two with tigers in Paradise Wildlife Park
The list could go on and on…
Age group – something for every child
Budget – middle of the road to all-you-can-spend. You’ll find something no matter what your budget. Bear in mind that if you buy an experience day that requires travel and accommodation it will have implications for the family budget.
#2 Personalised kid’s books
The skill of reading is one that allows us to be transported to imaginary places. Expanding the mind, developing imagination and being a great tool for teaching kids to relax, there is nothing better than introducing and encouraging children to read.
As well as investing in the latest top 10 selling kid’s books and young adult fiction, why not take a look at some of the personalised reading books available?
Papier is just one of the many companies offering this service. A pleasant story is brought to life with your child’s name inserted for that of the main character.
You can also choose the drawing that you think best shows the character of the birthday child too.
Bright and colourful, for the young age group, this is a great gift.
And on the same note, what about an audiobook that follows similar lines? There are a few examples online to choose from but we have a better solution: pick a story, you record it (many audio editing suites are free to download) pop on a CD or transfer via audio file attached to an email. Perfect!
Age group – toddler to age 7 or 8 we would say
Budget – £18 upwards not including postage. Order in plenty of time as turn around can take a week or two between ordering and delivery.
#3 Outdoor gifts
Enjoying the great outdoors is something we are all encouraged to do but in our own way.
Swinging through trees on the end of a rope and a harness may appeal to some children but not all.
However, in the modern digital age where games seem to take over quality and social sharing sites have become the norm, outdoor gifts are a great idea:
- Coat, brolly and boots – there is a saying, is there not, that there is no such thing as bad weather just poor choices of clothing. But no more with this personalised rainy weather kit. Choose from our children’s umbrellas rang, match a rain mac and welly boots to the colour and you have the perfect children’s gift.
- Sunny weather kit – when the sun is shining, kids should be playing outside but at the same time, they need to be protected from the sun. How about a personalised towel for the beach or for when they go swimming in the pool and a range of matching accessories, including a sunhat?
Age group – age 7 upwards
Budget – £20 to £30 should be enough to create a really good personalised weather pack.
#4 Grow Your Own Garden
Another great idea is to gift the child gardening skills with their own seeds and gardening gift set.
You can either buy a readymade gift – there are specific ones for children you’ll find online – or you can create your own, always the better option in our opinion. And here’s how:
- Buy a few small terracotta pots or a large plant pot or trough
- Adds a few bags of compost
- Choose a few different seeds – don’t forget vegetables make a great plant to grow
- Include instructions
- Pack it all neatly into a wicker basket complete with child-sized gardening gloves, small spade and gardening form too
Age group – from pre-school upwards
Budget – £10 to £15 should see you pack a full grow your own garden.
#5 ‘Name a…’ or ‘Adopt a…’
Not a new idea but we think these are a great idea, especially as some option give updates and gifts throughout the year, something that’s important for keeping a child’s interest.
- Name a Star is a fantastic gift and one that fires the imagination about stars and space. Why not include a telescope so they can spot their star at night?
- Adopt an ‘animal’ – from helping endangered tigers in foreign climes to adopting animals in zoos to enjoy a better habitat, there are various options for adopting animals. Adopting retired donkeys at sanctuaries is another great idea, especially as you can visit them at various times in the year.
- Adopt a plant – we couldn’t believe it either but it’s a great idea and one that will work for a child or young person who has the makings of a botanist in them. Helping to protect and promote native plants and meadows, there are various plants to choose from and the cost is not overly pricey either.
Age group – age 7 upwards
Budget – as well as the cost of adoption packages that you choose, why not include a gift voucher to visit their donkey/meadow/zoo animal too. Prices start from £20 upwards.
What ideas do you have for a child’s gift that is a little different?