If you have children, you know just how much money gifts for them can end up costing you over the years. You may feel like you are constantly buying them toys for birthdays or holidays that they end up losing interest in very quickly. This can be frustrating, as well as the fact that almost anything they want you to buy for them ends up being not so great for their brains. But there’s a simple solution to this! Try to give gifts to your children that will actually help encourage them to learn a new skill. Here are some of the best gift ideas to choose from.
Depending on what age your children are, they may have already expressed interest in learning a musical instrument. If not, try bringing it up to gauge their interest before you make the investment. Buying a piano or other instrument can actually end up being a gift for the whole family, as it’s a new skill you can learn together as a family, and have fun while doing it!
Giving your child sports equipment such as a basketball or a baseball and mitt can be a great way to encourage them to learn how to play a sport. If there is a sport they like to watch or have shown interest in playing, foster that interest by purchasing legitimate sports equipment for them. Just be sure to also get them proper safety training so that they don’t get hurt while playing!
Most kids draw with crayons when they are small children, but once they’re a little older you may consider gifting them proper art supplies so that they can learn to draw or paint. This is a great stress-relieving hobby for kids, and who knows, with a little practice, they may actually become talented artists!
For teenagers, cameras can make great gifts that they will love and that will also teach them about photography. Since most things are online now and they may not have access to a dark room, you should probably stick to digital at first and if they show interest later on perhaps you can suggest they get into film. Photography is a fun and soothing hobby that many teenagers become so passionate about they end up wanting to make a career out of it, and having a photographer in the family is never a bad thing!
You should feel like the gifts you purchase for your children are helping them grow as children, not rotting their brains. If you put an effort into getting them things that will help them to learn new skills, it will not go unnoticed and they will always thank you for being the one to introduce them to something new, whether they end up loving it for years to come or not.