Christmas Shopping for Kids

Christmas Shopping for KidsChristmas Shopping for Kids

Christmas is a truly magical season that is enjoyed by many, but no one enjoys the Christmas season more than kids. It might be the prospect of some well- deserved time off from school, the allure of the lights and decorations. It could also be the beauty of the snow that often accompanies Christmas or just the anticipation of Santa and his sleigh filled with toys that is so exciting for children, but it is evident that most kids are truly enchanted by Christmas. For this reason many adults really enjoy Christmas shopping for kids.

While Christmas shopping for kids is a great deal of fun, there are some factors to consider. A few of the specific concerns include:

Selecting age-appropriate toys:

Selecting age-appropriate toys is very important when Christmas shopping for kids. This is important for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is important because toys which are designed for older children might be potentially dangerous for a younger child. For example, toys designed for children over the age of three may contain small pieces which pose a choking hazard for younger ones under three. Children under the age of three still often put toys and other objects in their mouths so they must receive toys which contain only pieces large enough to not be a choking hazard. Toys which are designed for an older child or even a younger child may not be as much fun for the child as they would be for children of the appropriate age. If the child is too young for the toy, they may get easily frustrated because they can not use the toy appropriately. Conversely a child who is too old for a particular toy may become bored with the toy quickly.

Selecting toys which are not too noisy or too big for the child’s living situation:

When shopping for Christmas gifts for kids, it is also important to consider the child’s parents and their living situation. This includes the size of the living area and the proximity to neighbors. Specifically toys which are particularly noisy may not be appropriate for a child who lives in an apartment building with other apartment units nearby. Also, large toys such as a trampoline may not be appropriate for a child who does not have a yard large enough to accommodate such a gift. Similarly, large indoor items such as a foosball table would not be appropriate for a child who does not have a dedicated space to accommodate such a large item. As a general rule, it is best to stick with small items which do not make a great deal of noise when Christmas shopping for kids.

Selecting toys which the parents consider to be acceptable:

It is also important to consider the personal beliefs of the parents when shopping for Christmas gifts for their children. Specifically you should not purchase an item for a child if you know their parents are ethically opposed to such as item. Guns and violent video games are a couple of obvious example of Christmas gifts which may offend parents. There are many parents who do not allow their children to play with these items because they believe they promote violence. If you are not sure about the feelings of the parents, it is best not to select these items, or to ask in advance of buying.

Selecting toys the child will enjoy and toys the child does not already have:

Finally, when Christmas shopping for a child, it is wise to consult the parents beforehand. This can be helpful for a couple of different reasons. First the parents can give some insight into the child’s hobbies and interests which may make selecting a gift easier. They may even suggest a specific item from the child’s Christmas list, ensuring you are giving the child something he really wants for Christmas. Consulting the parents can also prevent you from giving the child a gift he already has. Try calling the parents before you make a purchase to suggest a particular item. They can let you know if they think the child will enjoy the item or if the child already has the item.

These things can make Christmas shopping for kids a little more difficult in some ways, but also somewhat easier because you’re not roaming around a huge department store with no clue what to buy.


  1. My kids (and now grandchild) will vouch for the fact that my gifts almost always were tomes of various weight (intellectual and actual avoirdupois). Poetry, novels, humor, biography- chosen for where I thought the person really was and would bring a smile to their visage for days on end.

    1. There is nothing like a good book to stir the imagination. Reading is becoming a lost art.

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