Every family is different so it is a sweeping generalisation to say that most kids are overwhelmed with toys and clothes at Christmas, however true that may be in many families. Clothes or toys might be the perfect presents. Gift vouchers for clothes and shoes are always welcome by any family with children.
A present for a preschooler is a present for the family so it is always advisable to discuss ideas with mum or dad before making a big investment. The child in question might need a suitcase, a sleeping bag, a new car seat, a coat, welly boots and any other number of things which are not obvious Christmas gifts.
Keepsake Gifts for Baby’s First Christmas
A special festive Christmas decoration can be lovely, brought out out and packed away each year. This could be added to each year to develop a nice collection of seasonal ornaments which the child will still cherish in adulthood.
There are many different types of keepsake gifts. Some may commemorate events of the year, such as special coins, stamps or books. Others may simply be lovely, beautiful and timeless items such as a piece of art or jewellery. Art may sound very grown up but there are some wonderful artists whose work appeals across the generations, such as humorous artist, Sarah Jane Szikora or the creator of cute characters, Doug Hyde.
Christmas Gift Idea: Start a Collection for a Young Child
This time of year could be a good opportunity to start a collection. The coins of the year, for example, are inexpensive but could grow into an interesting and valuable collection over many years.
The collection could be something fun and exciting, such as teddy bears or radio controlled robots, but it could be something less obvious, such as a signed copy of the best-selling children’s book from that year.
Tips for Buying Preschool Children’s Toys at Christmas
Preschoolers generally enjoy playing with the same toys. They are learning and developing new skills incredibly quickly so toys can be challenging. It is advisable to choose toys which are age appropriate according to the packaging. Toys which are too difficult to play with can result in frustration, and the toy being neglected.
Great toys for children aged 2 or 3 years old include building bricks such as Mega Bloks and Duplo, ride and push toys, or playing imaginary home. Children like noise so toys which make a noise such as vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, drums and musical instruments are good choices.
It is advisable to buy recognised brands or from reputable retailers and steer clear of offers that seem to good to be true. The risks are the disappointment of poor quality toys which break within days, or worse the danger of buying toys which do not conform to rigorous safety standards.
Christmas Gifts of Money and Savings Policies for Babies & Toddlers
For the child who already seems to have everything a far better gift might be to put the money into a specific savings policy. A regular payment over 16 years could add up to a useful sum to start out in adult life. There are many different types of tax efficient policies to choose from. It is even possible to start paying into a pension for old age or a life insurance policy specifically for children.
Christmas Presents Ideas for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
The obvious gifts of toys, books and clothes are perfectly good presents as are gift vouchers. Unusual and special presents can be bought for any budget. Christmas gift suggestions include:
- investment in savings plan
- starting or building a treasured collection
- mementos of the year as a keepsake
- Christmas ornaments
It is always advisable to discuss any ideas with the parents or guardians before buying presents for children.