Kids are a hard-to-please bunch. They expect Christmas presents from their parents and don’t want to be asked to do chores or help with the shopping.
However, there are other things that kids want from their parents. It’s just that these things aren’t on their Christmas list! And if you don’t know what they want, how can you give it to them?
In this article, we will look at some things that kids want for the holiday season and some ideas on how to get them.
What Kids Want for Christmas?
Kids want presents! This is pretty obvious, but it needs to be said, anyway. There are three types of presents: one that they know they need, one that they don’t need but would like very much and one that they do need.
If you know what the child wants, then you can make sure that he gets it. But if you think he wants something different, then you have to be careful not to spoil him by giving him what he doesn’t need. If you do this, then he will get angry and feel that you don’t love him.
When buying presents for kids, try to choose ones they will like. Don’t buy something if you know the child doesn’t like it. You could end up with a disappointed child who hates Christmas!
Another thing that kids want is for their parents to be happy with them. Kids want their parents to be proud of them and love them. When their parents are happy with them, they are happier, too.
If you don’t make your children feel good about themselves, then they won’t feel good about themselves and the world will seem a terrible place!
Kids can often be very sensitive about how others see them. You can help your children by being honest and open with them. And don’t forget to praise them when they do something well!
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Here are some other things that kids want:
Kids love toys! But if they already have a lot of toys, then they might not get excited at all when they get another one. Try to give your child some new toys that he hasn’t had before or ones that he hasn’t played with before.
Kids love clothes! Give them clothes that they like and ones that they can use for years to come.
3) Sports equipment
Kids love sports and would like to play sports at school or with their friends. You can buy them some new equipment or you could even ask a friend if they have some equipment that they don’t use anymore.
4) Computer games
Some kids love computer games and play them all the time. You could buy them a new computer game or ask a friend if they have any old ones that they don’t play anymore.
Puzzles are great fun for kids of all ages! There are lots of different puzzles available, so try to choose one that your child will enjoy playing with!
Or you could ask a friend if they have any old puzzles that they no longer play with but still have in their house.
6) Video games
Kids love playing video games and they also enjoy watching their friends play them. If you know of any video games that your child likes, then buy them one!
7) Music equipment
Kids love music and will enjoy playing music with you or with a friend. If your child plays an instrument, then he will love it even more! You could ask a friend if they have any old instruments that they no longer play with but still have in their house.
Or you could buy them some new instruments from your local music store.
Bicycles are great fun for kids of all ages! They are fun to ride and it is a great way to spend time together. You could ask a friend if they have any old bicycles that they no longer ride on but still have in their house.
Or you could buy them some new bicycles from your local bike shop.
Kids love books and will enjoy reading them at home or school. You can buy them lots of new books, either physical or digital books.
10) Handmade gifts
Kids love handmade gifts and will enjoy giving and receiving them! Make something simple if you don’t trust your crafting skills! Or try things like cooking, baking, knitting, drawing, or painting.
You could even give them a handmade card or some handmade clothes.
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How About Non-Material Gifts?
Here are some ideas for non-material gifts:
1) A gift card
Give your child a gift card to a toy store or an ice cream shop. He can choose whatever he wants from the store and then give it to you or his friend.
2) A small amount of money
Give your child a small amount of money to spend on something that he wants. He can then save the money or use it to buy something else if he wants other things.
3) A promise
Promise your child that you will go out for ice cream with him or his friend after school. If you keep your promise, then you will have time to spend with him and get him excited about going out for ice cream!
4) Free time
Tell your child that he can spend some free time playing with his friends, watching TV, playing computer games, or listening to music at home. Then make sure that you are free when he wants to spend some time with you!
5) An event
Promise your child that if he gets an “A” in school, then you will take him out for sightseeing, family game night, or something else special. Then make sure that you are free when he wants to spend some time with you!
6) A surprise
Give your child a Christmas surprise by giving him something that he doesn’t expect. For example, give him a present of socks or a pair of trainers. If he loves them, then he will be thrilled and might even give you a big hug!
Make Your Child Feel Appreciated
Giving presents to kids is a very important part of Christmas. Kids want to get lots of presents, but they also want their parents to be happy with them. If you do these things, then your child will be thrilled and feel loved and appreciated.
For more tips on giving presents to kids, read our articles on MindfulParent!