Coming up with gift ideas for young children is relatively easy, as they’ll either tell you what they want, or it’ll soon become obvious by the commercials they see (and react to) on television. Coming up with gift ideas for older children, on the other hand, is much more difficult, especially if you want to move away from the obvious and think of something exciting and alternative that they’ll enjoy every day.
To help you in your search we’ve compiled a short list of five alternative gift ideas for older children. Though there’s a good chance not all of these gifts would strike the right chord with your child, chances are at least a couple of them will get you thinking.
1) A Bicycle
The classic gift for older children, your child won’t be able to help lighting up the room with their smile when they unwrap a bike that’s been bought just for them. If you’re giving them this bike as a Christmas gift, make sure both you and your child are aware of the essentials for cycling in cold weather, as the only thing that could spoil such a great gift is your child immediately falling off it!
2) A Trampoline
Trampolines are the height of fun for older children, regardless of whether you’ve heard your kids mention them in the past (though if they have a friend who has one, there’s a good chance it’s the only thing they’ll ever talk about). When looking to buy trampolines online take into account the customer reviews on the site, as this can help point you in the direction of the best model on offer. After all, your child deserves the very best.
3) Video Games
Now, this gift idea for your older child will depend entirely on whether or not this is something you believe in, and something you already allow your children to play. Though there’s a lot of literature claiming that you should let your children play video games, many believe otherwise. At the end of the day, of course, this choice is very much up to you, though if you do choose to go down this path you may want to look into video games that encourage movement, as when your child plays these games they’re able to get some exercise at the same time.
4) A Pet
Even when it comes to older children, if you’re buying your child a pet, such as a cat or a dog, you have to keep in mind that you, as their parent, are ultimately going to be responsible for it (regardless of what you tell your child) should they stop looking after it. The old saying goes, dog is for live, not just for Christmas,therefore make sure you think long and hard before giving a pet as a gift to your child at any time of the year.
More popular with girls than boys, as your child grows older they may start wanting to look towards gifts popular among adults, with clothing being at the top of this list. Often, rather than purchasing an item of clothing for them that they’ll dislike, it’s a better idea to give them a clothing gift voucher then accompany them on a shopping trip to spend it.
In conclusion, coming up with gift ideas for young children is relatively easy, but coming up with gift ideas for older children, on the other hand, is much more difficult, especially if you want to move away from the obvious and think of something exciting and alternative that they’ll enjoy every day.