With the holidays just a few short months away, I know buying gifts is on my mind, and I'm sure it's on many of yours as well. Whether you are a parent yourself, have godchildren, nephews, nieces, or grandkids, buying gifts for kids can be fun. With all the new games and toys available, there is plenty of opportunity for us adults to play with all of them in the toy aisle at the store before purchasing them. We always make sure that the toys and games are fun and, sometimes, educational.
Why not try to plan ahead this year and get the young ones in our lives something more special... more meaningful? There are plenty of great gift ideas out there for things that will entertain kids while teaching them valuable life lessons or skills. These sorts of gifts are the ones the child will most likely grow to appreciate the most as they grow older and come closer to adulthood, where these things are more commonly used. If the child you have in mind is someone special to you, I'd venture to say that you probably know at least some of the things the kid is into. This makes meaningful gift-giving easy, and will let them know that you care enough about them to know what their interests are.

Music is a popular interest that can really make a big impression and impact on a kid. Music is a skill that, not only allows them to learn something new that they can continue for many years, but also exercises their brain every time they pick up their instrument. Now, this doesn't have to be an expensive gift. For example, guitar lessons for beginners are often sold in bundles of 3-5 lessons, and these few lessons may be enough to get the child to a point where they can begin learning on their own from home on their computer. Other instruments like harmonicas come with self-start instructions most of the time. Many art lessons come in a similar bundled-sale situation and are great for artsy kids who maybe aren't that into music.

Many kids have a "collector's" mentality about the things they are into. Whether it's Batman or Cinderella, the internet is loaded with collectible gifts that could feed into this part of the child's personality, and spark the light they need to really start investigating their interests. Many of these collector-type kids learn a lot about research, analytical thinking, and money-handling from this hobby. None of these are bad skills to have later in life. Wouldn't you agree?

There are children across the globe who are exceedingly smart, and love to learn and be filled with new knowledge all the time. For these kids, there is a plethora of options that could really make a meaningful impact on their lives. Chemistry sets, microscopes, science experiment kits, and architecture-style kits (not Legos) are all great options for the more science-oriented kids. These gift ideas are things that could generate a specific interest that leads the kid to a life-long career, give them the idea they needed to win 1st at the science fair, or cause them to understand something about one field of science that helps them in multiple fields. Anything like these ideas, I'm sure, would be greatly appreciated.

Kids rely on their favorite adult role models to assist them in developing into the adults they see themselves as. This holiday season could be the time you need to fill that position for some special youngsters who have a bright future. Maybe instead of deciding on that superhero cape or that plastic horse that can be drawn on, decide to make a real impact on someone who you feel could really use it. The internet is a great tool for finding that perfect, meaningful gift. Use it to make an impression on the lives of the children in your life. 


 


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