Holiday Shopping: Gift Ideas
For A Child You Don't Know
It's the season of joy and giving! Every year our gift lists get longer; marriage and babies expand it, and occasionally, a little one we've never met makes the roster. Whether it's a new nephew or a new cousin, figuring out what to give a child can be a tough task. While DVD storage containers might work for the brother-in-law you don't know, it won't win over your new 7-year-old nephew. Here are 4 ideas for buying toys for kids you don't know.
Part of the fun of being a kid is having so many creative outlets. As adults, we get too busy to sit down to paint pictures and build things. Consider the gift of a craft kit or building kits to encourage creativity. Kids use their imaginations and put those ideas on paper. They learn the value of contrast and perspective to build on concepts and how they see the world around them. Not only does crafting and building get their brains working, but crafting also helps with fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Games, puzzles and books are excellent gifts for giving kids' brains a good workout. No matter what age children are, puzzles exercise reasoning and problem-solving skills. Putting the pieces together helps encourage visualization and spatial reasoning, which helps with day-to-day things like navigating the walk to school and understanding daily schedules. Puzzles also increase the production of dopamine in the brain, which helps us feel the pleasure of reward. Puzzles, as well as games, also present an opportunity to build teamwork and social skills by encouraging communication to meet a common goal.
Nurture By Nature
Most, if not all, kids like a good stuffed animal. Though stuffed animals seem like they're just toys to cuddle with, they actually have developmental value. Their furry exteriors are excellent for sensory learning, and the idea of having an animal -- even if it's just a toy -- teaches empathy and develops nurturing skills. For older kids, stuffed animals boosts their imaginative play and can be a learning source for feelings and how to deal with them. If you want to give them a living gift, plants and seeds can foster some of the same skills for older kids. Watching a seed grow into a flower or herb teaches empathy, encourages nurturing, and helps teach responsibility.
There are few kids who don't enjoy a good campout, whether it's in the living room, backyard or on a far-off mountain side. Of course, finding the gear they need for the perfect overnight adventure buried in a box wrapped in red and green tissue, tied together with tinsel is something to get excited about! In the winter, no living room fort is complete without a fun sleeping bag made just for kids. In the summer, they can use them again outside, where parents can put together a fire pit to roast hot dogs and marshmallows for s'mores. If you want a curated gift, add a flashlight and book so they can have a well-rounded camping experience.
The Lakeside Collection has a dozens of products to make the holidays brighter for everyone in your family. Whether you need bathroom decor ideas to welcome guests or you're looking for stuffed animals for a niece, Lakeside has great products at discount prices to bring a little more cheer to the season.