Children get an awful lot of toys at this time of the year so why not give them something a little bit different, by picking them up a non-toy gift that they will love.
Here are eight ideas to inspire you:
Why not sign them up for a membership to the Zoo, football stadium, an adventure place or a museum that they are interested in. This is the kind of gift that keeps on giving - just be careful though, especially if you need to pay by monthly instalments, as it can get quite costly.
Why not buy them tickets to a particular event that is taking place like ice skating, a play or concert with their favourite group. While they won’t get immediate enjoyment out of it, they’ll certainly have something to look forward to when all the Christmas hype has died down.
Cinema tickets are another great gift to give to kids and are pretty inexpensive as a present. If you are unsure which film they might like or be in to, get them a voucher instead so that they can choose what they want to see and when.
Vouchers are another fantastic gift, especially for things like music shops, department stores and clothes shops. They give the child a little freedom to choose what they like and they will feel very grown up in the process.
Arts and crafts supplies
Kids can never have too many art supplies, so why not make them up a hamper filled with paper both coloured and plain, PVC glue, stickers and craft supplies. This is the kind of gift that won’t go out of fashion or stop working in January.
Children can never have too many books so pick up a few new titles for their particular age group. If you are looking for something a little bigger than one book, there are plenty of sets that you can choose from.
If you don’t want to give them books but still want to gift them with something to read, then a subscription to a magazine that they love would be ideal.
Clothes are another great option as kids very quickly grow out of what they have. You don’t need to spend a fortune either, you can pick up very inexpensive outfits or just buy them a skirt or a pair of trousers to go with a top that they already have.