Finding the ideal present for your own little bundle of joy year after year is hard work that requires planning and preparation, now imagine having to do it for your friend’s child whom you barely know. Even the closest of friends can have a difficult time figuring out what the other’s child would like to have for their birthday, which only adds to the stress of the entire situation.
If you’re a parent yourself, then you know all-too-well how difficult it is to juggle kids and their ever-changing wishes and expectations, which only emphasizes the need to get something meaningful and personal for your friends and their children on the first try. With that in mind, here are five tips on how to choose cool gifts your friend’s kids will love.
For the new parents on the block
When your friends first become parents and their child is still in its infancy, getting the right gift might seem like a sweet and easy task. With plenty of options to choose from and the fact that the baby is probably going to like anything she can wrap her fingers around or put in her mouth, you can’t go wrong with a washable stuffed animal and similar toys.
On the other hand, it’s important that you show your support to the new parents and their “struggle” to preserve peace in the household by getting them a gift as well. Something like a baby changing mat or a set of colorful duvet covers can really help them stay on top their baby’s daily hygiene needs. If your friends already have it all, then a set of waterproof pants will be greatly appreciated.
Giving the gift of knowledge
It might sound like a major cliché, but the gift of knowledge really is one of the best things you can give to a developing child, and plus, it’s definitely a gift the parents will appreciate and approve. What’s more, you have plenty of options to choose from here, as nowadays you can find everything from interactive books to learning toys and whole playsets filled to the brim with interesting information on any given subject.
Consider a gender-neutral astronomer set complete with a spacesuit, a telescope, and a grand map of the solar system filled with intriguing information about our universe. In the same vein, consider the kids’ interests and ask the parents what inspires their children on a daily basis so that you can get the book or the playset that’s perfect for their current “field of interest”. The kids are bound to love it.
The freedom of choice
Many people who are visiting their friends and want to get a meaningful gift for their kids fall prey to a common error – thinking that they know what the kids need better than their own parents. In reality, no one really knows what a developing child really wants as a present better than their mom and dad, which is why you should consider the option of just letting them take care of the problem for you.
Nowadays, presents that give others the freedom of choice, such as the new master gift card program aimed at taking the pressure of buying a present off of your shoulders and into the skillful hands of the parents themselves. This is a great way to allow your friends to get something truly special for their kids in your name, and spend the money in a way that will benefit the child, as well as their daily routine – so it’s kind of a win-win.
Tech that serves a higher purpose
The inescapable truth every parent should come to terms with is that technology has become an inseparable part of every modern household, and every 21st-century family. For better or worse, your child will grow and develop with the help of technology, so it’s your duty to make it as rewarding and beneficial for their upbringing as possible.
You can choose to buy software or even a new PC for your friend’s kids (and the entire family, for that matter) they can use on a daily basis to learn, laugh, and consume their favorite content. Just make sure the computer is programmed properly in terms of online safety, browsing restrictions and protection, and general ease of use for the children.
For the closest of friends
Last but not least, there is always an option of taking your best friends and their children to a grand escapade somewhere exciting and new. Booking a holiday trip in organization with your friends, and discovering the natural and urban wonders of your region and the rest of the world is one of the best gifts you can give to a developing child, as it will allow them to build a deep desire to travel in their later years, and one day become good parents themselves. These are just some of the positive aspects of taking kids on a road trip adventure – but bear in mind that this present is reserved for the closest of friends.
Choosing the right gift for your friend’s kid is definitely not an easy task. Heck, chances are they have no idea what to get their kids, either. Nevertheless, you can’t go wrong by choosing one or more of these presents that the kids, and their parents, are bound to love.