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Two tips to follow when choosing a gift for your young child

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If you want to get a gift for your young child, here are some tips to follow.

Consider getting a practical-but-fun item instead of another toy or game

If your child is like most children, they probably have a substantial collection of games and toys, which grows larger with each passing year. This is due to the fact that at Christmas and on their birthdays, many children receive presents not only from their immediate family members but also from their parents' friends, as well as their aunts, uncles, cousins, and school friends. If this is the case for your child, then you should try to pick a gift that they'll enjoy but that will also be a practical addition to their belongings. This could be a nice alternative to yet another toy that they will probably forget about a week or two after receiving it and then leave to collect dust in their toybox.

For example, you might want to get them some character-themed rainboots. A well-made pair of rainboots will make muddy walks and days that you spend at the playground when it's drizzling outside a lot more pleasant for your child, as they'll keep their feet dry, warm and protected from the rain and the mud.

However, your child might not be too pleased with a plain pair of rainboots. By getting them some character-themed ones, that have, for example, a cartoon character from a tv show they like to watch printed on them, these boots will feel more fun for them to wear and to show off to their friends and will also add a bit of colour and personality to the outfits they wear on rainy days out.  

Ensure the item is suitable for the area in which you live

If you're going to get a reasonably practical gift for your child, you should ensure that it's suitable for the area in which you live, as this will enable them to utilise the gift more regularly and ensure that the cost-per-use of it is low, even if you get them something quite expensive. This is particularly important to think about when purchasing any type of footwear or clothing item that your child is likely to outgrow within a year or so.

For example, the aforementioned character-themed rainboots might be more suitable than a pair of character-themed flip-flops if it rains regularly throughout the year where you live and you only go on a brief, one-week trip to a warm destination (i.e. a place where your child would wear flip-flops) once a year. In this situation, your child will probably wear the rainboots dozens of times throughout a single year before they begin to grow out of them.


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