I consider buying for children the easiest; they aren’t shy in letting you know what they want! And if they don’t like what they unwrap on the big day, you’ll soon find out!
Recent research by Early Learning Centre has shown that most kids spend two days compiling their Christmas wish list hoping to get things like dolls houses, bikes and tablets adding up to an average total of £880. Wow – kids aren’t cheap! Unless your parents are the Beckhams, most kids end up with toys/gadgets worth an average of £207.
The study of 2,000 parents found that 72% of children compile a Christmas wish list every year, with a third saying their youngster believes they will receive everything on it. The sweet innocence of children!
When I was young (according to my daughter – who asked if I was alive during The Great Fire of London – hundreds of years ago) we used to spend ages going through catalogues deciding what we wanted but nowadays 57% of kids get inspiration for their wish list from TV adverts, while 37% want the toys they see their friends playing with. To compile their list, children search two catalogues, visit three shops and surf two websites over the course of two days.
And while most children start putting their wish list together in October or November, one in twenty has got it sorted as early as August. You know what to do for 2014!
If you’re still stuck for what to give next week; how about these (which my kids love)
People moan about receiving pyjamas but as well as toys, I like a practical present for kids which is why I was happy to come across The Pyjama Store; how cute are these PJs?!
Ava and Luc Angus the Sheep Organic Pyjamas – £28
I don’t get the whole SpongeBob SquarePants thing but my daughter is a fan so I know she’ll love this SpongeBob Singalong. She can sing into the microphone and SpongeBob will sing along. I might be locking her in her room with this one!
SpongeBob Singalong – £29.99
I took my 3 ½ year old son along to a preview screening of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D movie and he is now officially obsessed – he keeps asking when we can go back! If your kids love dinos (and if they don’t they will after seeing this) treat them to a showing of this during the winter holidays.
Failing the above, they will probably love you forever if you get them an iPad.