As time goes on, you are apt to find more and more children in your extended family; even if you are not a parent yourself, you may well have nephews, nieces or younger cousins. When Christmas rolls around, each of those younger relatives will need a present, and you will likely find yourself scouring for everything from the perfect gift for little girls to the hot new toy for boys. There will always be general trends – girls may appreciate the Sofia 10 inch Doll + Animal Friends, while boys will likely plump for the latest Transformer – but much of the decision will depend on the specific age group of the child in question.
If the child is very small, then it will be worth checking with the parents to see what would be appropriate: at this age, parents will often want a tight control over what their kids play with. Generally speaking, basic educational toys – with no small parts that could cause a choking hazard – are the order of the day for the lowest age bracket.
As kids get older, they will develop their own tastes and interests, often influenced by whatever trends and fads that their schoolmates are into at the moment. It would be a good idea to look into what the popular toys are right now, and check with the child’s parents to make sure that the gift is appropriate.
Children in the age bracket that is now popularly known as “tweenage” will often lose interest in toys and move more towards DVDs, music and video games. For this age the parents will surely appreciate it if you give the child something educational: a book, an age-appropriate activity set, that sort of thing.
Each age demographic of child will have a set of gifts that are appropriate. Beyond this, the taste of each individual child will also play a decisive factor. If you are shopping for gifts for children, things can get a little overwhelming; however, by keeping the right balance between age appropriateness and personal taste, you will be able to find a set of gifts that the children will love.