Continuing on with our Christmas gift guides, today’s post is all about choosing gifts for children. Now, we’re not really talking here about parents choosing gifts for their own kids for Christmas (that is outside our expertise as mainly selling gift basket-type products), this is more a guide for extended family or friends who may not have a lot of day-to-day contact with the kids but would like to give them a present at Christmas.
In this post we want to start with some of our top tips for choosing gift ideas that kids will love, then go on to showcase some of our children’s gifts from The Paper Package, and finish up with a few fun examples of homemade gifts kids will love…
1. Top 5 Tips for Choosing Children’s Gifts
Tip # 1 – If at all possible – check with the parents first
Children’s interests can change markedly from year to year, so a quick email or phone call to the parents could be the best step towards finding that perfect gift. They often have interests (obsessions?) related to what is currently popular at school or on TV, and although the trend usually only lasts for a little while, at the time it can be all they want.
Tip # 2 – Online toy stores can have great gift buying guides
It’s really hard to keep up with what stages kids are at, so online stores where you can research what’s age-appropriate and popular can be a great help.
IQ Toys (www.iqtoys.co.nz) is an example of a great website in NZ for checking out kids toys. They have “shop by age” and “shop by price” categories, buyer’s guides for different age groups and customer reviews of products (note: we aren’t affiliated or associated with IQ Toys in any way )
Other good places to look for ideas include lists of the latest book award winners (try NZ Post Children’s Book Awards Finalists) or toy awards.
Tip # 3 – There’s always the classics
There are just some gifts for children that never seem to go out of style – for example Lego, Barbies, crafts, stationery (especially for girls), stickers, magic tricks, bouncy balls and books.
Tip # 4 – Family presents make great Christmas gift ideas
Giving a gift to the whole family at Christmas time can be a nice idea. For example – movie passes, tickets to the local swimming complex, vouchers for a simple meal out or items like board games that the whole family can play.
Similarly, a family gift basket can make a great present. A family DVD with a big bag of popcorn (or packets of microwave popcorn if you’re posting the gift) and chocolate bars, minties etc. makes a great movie night basket. Or try a new tray of cupcake tins with cake mix, icings, liners and lots of sprinkles and little sweets for decoration – kids love making and decorating their own cup cakes, and this makes for a fun family-orientated holiday activity.
Tip # 5 – If in doubt – add something sweet!
A few lollies or sweets added to a gift for children always has the effect of turning it into a huge hit! It’s especially fun to add things that sensible parents might cringe at – like those huge lollipops as big as your face, or their own individual boxes of chocolates. 100% Guaranteed to please.
So, on to some of our own lovingly wrapped gift ideas…
2. Children’s Gifts from The Paper Package
First up, gift boxes. Although it might not be the first thing you think of in relation to children’s gifts, receiving their own “brown paper package tied up with string” in the post or in person can be a fun idea for Christmas. In our Christmas gift basket range we have 4 that are particularly suitable for children (as well as anybody else who is young at heart :)) Please click through the links or images for more details.
Just like the name says – a nostalgic little package of treats…
A traditional taste of the tuck shop in a box – with lots of freshly made old favourites like sherbet, candy rock, gingerbread, cola fizzies…
This is a guaranteed to please idea for most teenagers. Chock full of chocolate and wrapped in a lovely vintage-style…
Particularly suitable for tween or teenage girls, this lovely gift box contains cute stationery and more…
As well as these Christmas gift baskets, we also have available a small number of quality paper products for children that could make a great Christmas gift.
For example, these puzzles from the multi award-winning Mudpuppy Press, New York.
Or these imaginative and creative gifts with a nostalgic twist…
In the final part of this post we’d like to show you a few homemade gift ideas for children this Christmas…
3. Homemade Children’s Gifts
Candy Cane Playdough
A cute and inexpensive idea for littlies…
From The Artful Parent
Picnic / Adventure Basket
This awesome gift was given for a wedding, but the idea could be wonderfully adapted to make a children’s version (or an adventure basket). Thinking along the lines of… a butterfly catcher, binoculars, magnifying glass, notebook & pencil etc. along with the blanket and drink bottle (absolutely love the idea of the viewfinder too!)
From Tiger in a Jar
Ice-Cream Sundae Kit
Along similar lines, this collection of toppings, sauces and cones makes a perfect summer Christmas gift…
From Family Bites