You have a niece or your child has a birthday party to attend. Whatever the reason, you want to buy a gift for someone else’s child. Even a simple gift requires a lot of thought. Before going to a toy store you have to know how to buy presents for other people’s kids.
Ask yourself what you know about the kids you would like to buy presents for. Do these children like board games? Do these kids like to play house? Maybe they like to play outside? Will these children need to share the presents you buy them? Try not to buy toys with small parts for young children.
You may have noticed all the commercials targeting children to buy the bright, colorful, noisy toys your parents would never buy you. But there are also advertisements for educational toys, toys any child can enjoy. You can look for games that teach kids how to do elementary things like read or you can venture into the more expensive toys like keyboards that serve as a stepping stone for a child to learn how to use a computer. One other popular present today is the gift card. If you know what store the kids like to visit then you can get them a gift card. That way they can pick out their own presents.
It’s always fun to surprise someone with a gift but many parents prefer a heads-up. To make it easy on yourself, you could try asking the other kids’ parents what gifts would be appropriate to give them. It would take a lot of the guesswork out of the gift-buying present. The other kids’ parents or guardian can tell you what the kids would like as a gift and what they already have. A parent can keep you from showing up with a puppy for a child who is allergic or lives in an apartment where pets are not allowed. Bear in mind that even though High School Musical is everywhere, you could be shopping for the one kid who isn't into it. It’s also important to keep from out-gifting a parent. If you give a child a present which is much more extravagant than the gift he receives from his parent, you may fall out of the good graces of the other parents.
If for some reason you can’t ask the other kids’ parents how to go about buying presents then you can ask other people for help. Ask other children of the same age what kinds of gifts they get from their parents and family. Ask parents what kind of presents you should buy. Keep in mind that kids who are five years old play with different toys than do older children. Good luck and remember: kids get bored easily so ere on the less expensive side of the toy aisle. Don’t forget to ask for a gift receipt!