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Tips For Buying Birthday Gifts For Kids

Tips For Buying Birthday Gifts For KidsIf you have a toddler or a pre-teen, it probably seems like there's a birthday party every other weekend… and you are probably right. You go out to the toy store, get a gift, come back… and there's yet another invitation.

I used to find myself spending lots of time scouring shelves looking for just the right gift or for something that I'd bought in the past that seemed like a big hit and was both appropriate and affordable. But I've learned some shopping lessons I'd like to share.

First of all, I no longer purchase one gift at a time. I know that my children have many kids in their class, so I often try to purchase two or three gifts (or more) at once. It saves time, gas, and sometimes money. Here are some tips:
  • You don't need to purchase a gift the day you receive an invitation. Wait for a day of a big sale and plan to make that big multiple-gift-shopping day.
  • Look for online coupons.
  • Don't purchase gifts that are strictly for a boy or strictly for a girl. For a toddler, those giant puzzles are wonderful, as are books. You can purchase several and parse them out as needed for a boy or a girl.
  • For a child who is approaching 7 or 8 years old, you can buy science kits, cooking kits, or educational toys.
  • Talk to your local toy store and find out if they will give you a discount if you purchase in quantity. I was able to secure a discount when purchasing several gifts of the same type from a small merchant.
  • Avoid no-name toys. If a toy doesn't have a manufacturer name and model number, don't bother. If it is later recalled, it may be difficult or impossible to check.
And most important: Remember to keep safety in mind when buying a child's gift of any type.
  • Always start by checking the age recommendation on the packaging. The age grading relates to safety as well as play value. If a toy is labeled for a child over 3 years old, then it may contain small parts and pieces that are potential choking hazards for a child under 3 years old.
  • Electric toys must be age-appropriate. Check the package for the minimum age and only buy an electric toy for a child who is mature enough to use it—and only with your supervision.
  • Check toys for small detachable pieces. Do they have small buttons or eyes that can be removed by a curious 2-year-old? A 3-year-old will prod and twist toys. Look for ones that are well made, with tightly secured eyes, noses and other parts—possibly with stitched eyes and pieces rather than removable components.
  • Beware of no-name products. If a product doesn't have a manufacturer's name and model number, it will be difficult or impossible to check if the product has been recalled.
  • Toy tools need to be the right size. Toy tools, such as rakes and shovels, should be lightweight and fit in your child's hand. A toy that is too large or too tall can be dangerous for a small child.
  • Keep crafts safe. For children under 3 years old, purchase age-appropriate material that can't be swallowed—no beads, small foam pieces or small pom-pom balls. Look for water-based washable paints.
  • Be cautious with play clothes. Look for buttons, beads, tassels, pom-poms, bows, or any other small pieces that could come loose and pose a choking hazard.
If you do stock up on gifts, check that the products you are giving haven't been recalled.

By Jamie Schaefer-Wilson


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    fadlisastra 21st of Apr, 2009

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