Gifts for Kids

Young or old, get some great advice on age appropriate gifts for kids, no matter their age. Our tip center help you find the most appropriate gift ideas, so that you won’t disappoint your children. No matter if they are in elementary school or if they’re young adults.

Gifts for Young Adults

Gifts for Young Adults

At this age range, getting practical items for the young adult may not be glamorous but will be truly meaningful and helpful. This is true regardless of whether the young adult is going to college or just starting full-time employment. Some ideas for practical items include:

  • A job interview outfit, preferably in the form of a suit or dress pants/dress shirt combo. This outfit will serve internship interviews, formal get-togethers and serious dates all in one go. Opt for wrinkle-free materials to keep the outfit low-maintenance.
    • Cookware and utensils for the dorm or apartment. A crock pot or a dining set can go a long way to help feed a hungry young adult. Pick out a dining set that caters to both the recipient and a couple of hungry friends as well.
      • A tabletop book stand. This will keep the sheets, books,magazines and books organized and easy to locate.
        • Travel items. Keep your young adult prepared should he or she embark on a study abroad trip or great hiking adventure to define their youth. Consider giving them a climbing backpack or luggage set so that they can focus on a euro trip or a quick stop in Vegas with ease. The travel items can double as moving boxes for when they move from place to place.

Gifts for Teens

Gifts for Teens

Teenagers are trendy and continually aware of what’s hip and what’s not hip. They look to music and clothes to help shape their tastes and sense of identity to fellow peers at this time. Consider items that’ll be used to help teens impress other teens, regardless of clique.

  • An SLR digital camera is great for the budding teenage photographer, but it’s also useful for most teenagers who have a taste for capturing memories with their friends at concerts or other popular events.
    • Wireless headphones are an excellent choice for the audiophile teen. These days they come in bright colors and designs, with oversized headphones back in style. Giving headphones to teens who won’t listen to what you have to say might be counterproductive, but if you opt for those oversized types then it’ll be no surprise, which is a much better alternative than noticing the ear buds a moment too late.
      • Jansport monochrome backpack bags for the mature teenager may be just the thing that distinguishes them from middle school kids and their backpacks.
      • You can also give gifts related to big events in a teenager’s life, such as a milly bow dress for prom or a wallet full of money for graduation.

Gifts for Pre-Teens

Gifts for Pre-Teens

When considering a gift for a pre-teen, think about their current stage in life. Pre-teens think of themselves as a species separate and above elementary age kids, so accommodate their new level of maturity.

  • Start steering clear from stuffed animals and Barbie dolls, and maybe think about the latest tech toys from Nintendo or Sony. Of course, keep in mind their studies as well and aim to reward the studious if you opt for gaming system gifts. Great gaming gift options include portable gaming systems like the Nintendo DS or PSP, or gaming accessories like X-BOX 360 or PS3 controllers.
    • For the developing bibliophile, opt for a young adult novel or novella, especially contemporary novels. Pick out books with themes that relate to pre-teens, such as coming-of-age novels. You can also opt for popular subjects in vogue at the moment such as fantasy or vampire books like the Twilight series. These types of books will be a great alternative to school required reading.
      • Pre-teens are hyper-sensitive to trends of all kinds. Help keep them looking stylish amongst their peers with the right clothes. Vans shoes and zip up hoodies are popular clothing items for pre-teens and teenagers that want comfort with style.

Gifts for Elementary Age Kids

Gifts for Elementary Age Kids

Getting gifts for kids can be deceptively easy. You can count on toys to make elementary age kids pretty satisfied for the occasion, but ask around or flip through TV commercials to see what’s popular. Sometimes gimmicky toys with lots of buttons and gizmos may bore the unpredictable child. Opt for toys that foster the imagination and offer plenty of freedom in play, without a rigid structure or purpose. In terms of toy gifts, consider the Barbie dream house or legos sets. Children can imagine all sorts of storylines that suit their imaginations, and even integrate other toys or objects to create their world.

Some other ideas for gifts include:

  • Gifts that encourage exercise, such as bikes, skateboards, or a basketball and hoop. Bikes in particular can win over kids that aren’t necessarily interested in sports. Sports clothing like basketball jerseys or mercurial nike shoes would be great for the sporty types.
    • Action figures and dolls for the imaginative and talkative children, particularly for introverted children or for those without siblings.
    • Board games for kids in large families or those that participate in family nights, possibly even chess for the mature children.

Gifts for Toddlers – Toys vs. Clothes

Gifts for Toddlers - Toys vs. Clothes

For the excitable growing toddler, giving clothes as a gift may be a recipe for disappointment or even tantrums. However, it’s undeniable that toddlers do need clothes just like everybody else. Try to reach a compromise and offer both by giving a simple toy along with clothes.

Simple toys like a bouncing rubber ball or a rocking horse should work their magic on toddlers. Be considerate to the parents and steer clear of loud toys that make noises or music of any kind, unless you’re absolutely sure that they’re welcome to having these in the house. If they are, a toy xylophone or drum would easily win the toddler over.

With regards to clothing, options for toddlers range from special occasions to everyday clothing. Try shopping for a toddler suit or dress if you know that an important date is coming up. This can help the parents de-stress when they’re getting ready for a night out. For everyday clothing, shop for necessary items such as jackets or clothing that is easy to put on such as a jumper jumpsuits shorts. Check the material of the clothing to see whether it’s itchy or comfortable, and always opt for comfortable. Pick out clothing with few buttons or zippers, or basically any distraction that would keep toddlers fidgeting.

Gifts for Newborns and Babies

Gifts for Newborns and Babies

When getting gifts for newborns, consider the baby’s needs and the parents’ needs first. Make sure that any gifts you’re considering are baby-safe by looking for items free from choking hazards and researching any baby products online to make sure they haven’t been recalled by the manufacturer. Pick out items that are explicitly for newborns (0-6 months); even items for toddlers or kids can harm a baby. Picking out a gift for a newborn is surprisingly very complicated, so whenever plausible, ask parents directly for recommendations. If this option isn’t possible, here are some solid picks.

The best toys for a one-year-old have bright colors and soft sounds like those of a Fisher-Price Farm toy. These toys will promote imaginative play and give them something to do with their limitless energy.

  • Consider getting everyday items, especially of brands that you know the parents prefer and need on a daily basis. A ad sutton diaper tote or a case of baby food are just a couple of options that will guarantee that they’ll be used.
  • Think about items that may never have crossed a busy parent’s mind, such as a memory book or hypoallergenic baby plush bears.
  • In terms of baby entertainment, consider a mobile. Some even come with music boxes attached, but do extra research here to make sure your choice hasn’t been recalled.
  • With regards to clothing, bodysuits (also called “onesies”) and bibs are a safe bet. Dress them head to toe as well, with caps and booties or infant Keds.