A Guide to Buying Christmas Gifts for Children

A Guide to Buying Christmas Gifts for Children

Are you going shopping for Christmas gifts for children? Not sure what to get for your godchildren, nieces or nephews? Here’s a guide for you!

Christmas is the most exciting season for children of all ages. Shopping for presents, wrapping them up and giving them, as well as opening the ones under the tree are all fun activities for kids. However, the pressure of what presents to give usually lie on the adult gift giver – parents, godparents, grandparents, uncles and aunts: YOU. If you have a long list of kids in your family and friends that you have to buy presents for, things can get really complicated.

A Guide to Buying Christmas Gifts for Children

Below 3 Years Old

According to psychotherapist and owner of New York's Gold Parent Coaching, “A 1-year-old cannot comprehend giving, but you can start these messages at an early age.” You can teach sharing and charity at an early age. Here are some age appropriate educational and developmental gifts for this age group:

  • 0 to 6 months: crib gyms, floor gyms, activity quilts, mobiles, safety mirrors, teething toys, large interlocking rings or keys, cloth toys, soft dolls, stuffed animals, musical and chime toys, rattles
  • 6 months to 1 year: 1 ¾ inch balls, push-pull toys, busy boxes, nesting and stacking toys, simple shape sorters, pop-upChristmas Gifts for Children toys, soft blocks, bath toys, teething toys, large interlocking rings or keys, soft dolls, stuffed animals, simple musical instruments, rattles, squeeze/squeak toys, cloth and cardboard picture books
  • 1 to 2 years: 1 ¾ inch balls, push-pull toys, feet-propelled ride-on toys, wagons, backyard gym equipment such as infant swing, small slide, small climbing apparatus), nesting and stacking toys, simple shape sorters, pop-up toys, blocks, bath toys, sandbox/sand toys, wading pool/water toys, puzzles with knobs, stuffed animals, dolls and baby gear, play vehicles, kitchen equipment and gadgets, play household items (telephone, shopping cart), playhouse, child-sized table and chairs, non-toxic art supplies (large crayons and coloring books), musical instruments, cardboard picture books, pop-up books
  • 2 to 3 years: balls that re 1 ¾ inches or larger, backyard gym equipment, building blocks and building systems, blocks with letters and numbers, wading pool/water toys, puzzles with knobs, dolls that can be bathed, fed and diapered, dress-up clothes and accessories, hand and finger puppets, kitchen equipment and gadgets, play household items (telephone, shopping cart), non-toxic art supplies (crayons and coloring books), child-sized table and chairs, play scenes (e.g., farm, airport) with figures and accessories, sandbox/sand toys, tricycle and helmet, play vehicles, wagon, shape sorters, playhouse, storybooks, stuffed animals

3 to 6 Years Old

Kids in preschool or kindergarten are masters of make believe. They like playing grown up roles and wear costumes. Kids in this age group usually develop special liking to a favorite toy, and express their feelings to a doll or stuffed toy they consider special.

This is also a great time to teach your kids the notion of pairing the right gift with the right person. If you’re taking your children shopping with you, you can explain to them why you’re buying a particular gift for someone.

Here are some educational and developmental gifts you can choose from when buying Christmas gifts for children in this age group: tricycle and helmet, bicycle and helmet, backyard gym equipment, construction toys, lacing and threading sets, puzzles (10-20 pieces), stuffed animals, dolls and doll clothes, dress-up clothes, accessories and props for make believe play time, play vehicles, hand and finger puppets, play scenes with figures and accessories, tape player and tapes, non-toxic art supplies (safety scissors, construction paper, crayons), simple board games; word and matching games, storybooks.

6 to 12 Years Old

Grade-schoolers like the challenge of games that require skills and strategy. They are also eager to learn new information and experiences. Here are some suggestions for Christmas gifts for children aged 6 to 12 years:

  • 6 to 9 years: complex gym equipment, bicycle and helmet, ice or roller skates/roller blades and protective gear, sporting equipment, simple swimming equipment, stilts, pogo sticks, jump ropes, construction toys, jigsaw puzzles, fashion/career dolls, puppets, marionettes and theaters, doll houses and furnishings, action figures, paper dolls, science sets, model kits, craft kits, magic sets, art supplies, tabletop sports, video games, electronic games, board games, tape player and tapes, books (children's classics, fairytales)
  • 9 to 12 years: sports equipment and protective gear, bicycle and helmet, ice or roller skates/in-line skates and protective Christmas Gifts for Childrengear, advanced construction sets, jigsaw puzzles, including three-dimensional puzzles, puppets, marionettes and theaters, remote control vehicles, model kits, Science kits, magic sets, craft and handiwork kits, art supplies, playing cards, board games, chess, checkers, dominoes and other strategy games, tabletop sports, video games, electronic games, electric trains, musical instruments, books (biography, mystery, adventure, science fiction)

Because kids in this age group have developed motor skills, you can include them in gift wrapping activities, and encourage them to send thank you notes. If they have allowance, you can start teaching them the value of money by letting them pay for presents they want to give (or part of the price).

A Guide to Buying Christmas Gifts for Children

Still undecided? Call the parents or guardian of the child you wish to give a present to and ask them what the child is into at the moment. Clothes (make sure you have the right size) and books are also Christmas gifts for children that never go out of fad.

While shopping, wrapping and giving Christmas gifts to children is always worth it when you see the smile in their faces, don’t forget to remind them what Christmas is truly about.

A Guide to Buying Christmas Gifts for Children


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