If you are a grandmother or a grandfather, buying gifts for your grandchildren should be quite easy. You have a lot of options: from personalized presents that you can even do yourself to store gifts.
If you have very young grandchildren, you definitely should think about toys, toys and toys. The kids love them: from educational ones that help develop their skills (puzzles, Lego, wooden blocks), the ones that help develop their imagination (costumes, kitchen set, doctor kit) to the ones that simply scream out fun, like: a bubble gun, which your toddler will definitely love, stuffed animals or dolls that can be accessorized by your granddaughter.
If your grandchildren are a tad older, like 9- 12, you can offer them an ant farm that comes in a blue gel and your grandson will be fascinated by the way ants build their entire colony “infrastructure”. The girls this age are already starting to be interested in fashion: you can even go with them on a shopping spree, but not until you discuss a budget limit, and this way she can buy what she likes and the two of you can spend time together. If you want to go on a more educational side, you can invite your grandchildren at an exhibition you know they will enjoy.
If your grandchildren are teenagers, you can purchase gadgets. Kids love to listen to music wherever they go, therefore an iPod or an MP3 player are great choices. If you are not that tech savvy you can ask your son or daughter to help you a little bit with this one. You definitely know what kind of sport your grandchild loves practicing, so you can buy items that are useful in that particular sport.
Your grandchildren will surely appreciate the personalized gift that you make yourself: you can purchase a regular photo frame, which you can paint yourself and add a picture of you and him/ her or make an album in which you can put the most important pictures of your grandchild’s life. However, if you are not that good at arts and crafts, this site can help you with personalized gifts.11
Eight year old girls are very active and smart. In order to get the right gift, it is best that you talk to her parents first, so this way you will not find the task of getting her a present so difficult. Girls this age love games, books, they love to play pretend and dress up in their favorite character, they love to dance and do all kinds of sports; therefore, you have quite a few choices from where you can take your pick.
Some of the girls at this age do have an activity that they do on a regular basis. If she does ballet, you can offer to buy her new point shoes as they wear out pretty fast, a new tutu dress and other items you think she might like. She will definitely appreciate these gifts.
If she loves to read and she wants to know as many things about the world that surrounds her, you can get her books or even take her out at on a museum or exhibition you think she will be interested in. Girls at this age love stories, fairy tales, poetry, legends and so on.
However, we should not forget that we are talking about pretty active kids; therefore sports or play related items are great choices: from roller skates, badminton set to a colorful jump rope.
Also toys are always more than welcomed: from the typical and well known Barbie dolls to dolls that the girl can dress up and accessorize herself. To make things more interesting, there are also sets of “do it yourself” jewelry; the girl will have the possibility of arranging her own necklaces, bracelets and even paint them if you choose a box of ceramic beads.
The best thing you can do is talk to her parents or even to her to find out exactly what she is interested in and if you do that you might as well come up with the perfect gift.11
Buying a gift for a 9 year old boy should not be that difficult; however, there are a few things that you have to take into account. The nine year old boys have hobbies, interests, domains in which they activate and so on. For a much simpler way of finding out what the little guy wants, you can simply ask his parents.
If you want to go on a more educational path, you can offer the boy tickets to a great dinosaur or astronomy exhibition; we all know that the boys are crazy about dinosaurs, planets and trains. You can even take him to a train station and ask the people in charge there to take you on a tour.
If the 9 year old loves sports and it is quite impossible for him not to like sports, as kids at this age are very active, you can purchase him roller skates, a bicycle, a skateboard, a soccer ball or a basketball hoop. Again, you have to pay attention or ask his parents what kind of a sport he is interested in.
You will find that they are already taking one domain very seriously; therefore, if the child is interested in music, you can purchase him a violin, an electric guitar or a piano. If he is very interested in painting, you can buy a professional easel and paints and so on. These presents are more expensive, so be aware.
However, the presents they love are toys, but not so simple toys, more complicated and challenging ones. You can get a more difficult Lego game. The boys are very interested in how things are built, so a game of such a type will be much appreciated.
Kids also love electronics: from remote control cars, helicopters to more serious devices, like an iPod that will offer him access to music and games. However, if you opt for the latter, you should talk to his parents before buying it, as some moms and dads might not approve of this gift because of the boy’s small age.11
You can go two ways when you buy a gift for a 1 year old toddler: either buy something that the baby will enjoy in the present time or you can purchase or make items that capture certain moments of the kid’s life.
If you want to buy toys that will entertain him right now there are a few, let’s call them rules, that you will have to comply: first of all, make sure that the items you buy are non toxic; second of all, look on the toy’s tag and see the age ranges and third of all, think sensations.
One year olds are still fascinated by everything that implies color, sound, light; you will notice that they grab the toys and touch them and chewing is also important as teeth start to surface. Try to get toys that are as colorful as possible: babies love stuffed animals and if you can purchase such a toy that also makes sounds: it sings, talks, imitate animal sounds it would be great, as it helps the baby’s cognitive development.
You can also get the baby special items that he can chew and in this way relief the pressure in his gums. This funny looking toy is made out of natural rubber, it is easy to grasp and it is safe for the baby to chew it.
If you want to make a gift that will remain over time, you can choose to purchase a personalized album with the baby’s name engraved on the cover, which the parents or you can fill it up with the most important pictures. If the parents decide to have a small birthday party for the toddler, make them the proposition to let you film the party and the baby’s reactions to what he receives. These kinds of gifts have a long life and the toddler, when he is not going to be a toddler anymore, will have fun and laugh looking at them.11
Three year old children are already more independent, in the sense that they are walking, they have the ability to tell you what kind of toys they like or what activities they would enjoy. At this age, you should pay attention to the kid because he/ she can give information on what he/ she would like.
Kids at this age are very creative and they are also interested in copying a certain behavior of the adults. For example, a toy phone would be a great choice because how many times have we seen even 2 year old babies take our cell phone and try to mimic us. Children love this kind of stuff because they imagine that someone is on the other line and they start talking, thus enhancing their speech abilities, plus their imagination.
In the same category, you can get them: a kitchen set or a doctor kit. All these toys force in a way the children to role play and imagine certain situations or characters, which is definitely good for their imagination.
As for creativity, you can get from drawing books, pencils, watercolors, plasticine to a traditional spinet piano that comes in a very bright red and it will certainly draw his/ her attention. Kids love to draw at this age, to make believe, to sing and that is why you can also get the baby a sing along music box, karaoke toy in two words; if you do not mind the noise of all these items.
Of course, any 3 year old loves: toys- the more colorful a toy is the better, little trains, cars, legos, puzzles, pop out books, encyclopedias for children and so on. You have to keep in mind that the baby, at this age, already has a favorite character or a favorite story, so you should try to find something that centers on his preferences.11
When you get the mission of choosing a gift for an one year old child it is not that hard, because babies at this age are pretty much enthusiastic about anything they receive. However, you do have to keep in mind the fact that the toddler is all about sensations.
First of all, colors: try and pick toys that are as colorful as they can be; second of all, sound: children at this age are fascinated by toys that sing, talk or make any other noises. Also, 1 year olds love to hear animal sounds. Therefore, you can purchase a singing guitar that also has buttons, which once pushed, they make animal sounds.
Third of all, chewing: at the age of one, babies are struggling with the growth of their teeth and discomfort caused by this; if you want to ease the child’s discomfort, you can buy toys that are made out of special materials or that are filled with a special gel. Make sure that the materials are non toxic.
And the last important thing is represented by touch; kids at this age are curious about the world around them and they love to squeeze toys or any other items. You can purchase balls that are not too big, but also not too small (so they don’t swallow it) that are made of flexible materials and the baby can squeeze it without any danger.
Also, because one year old babies are already starting to crawl, you can buy toys that they can push: cars, little trains, ducks and so on. Because they already start to move around and use their hands a little bit more, as their dexterity gets better every day, you can purchase: shake toys that have to be shaken in order to make a noise or little baskets where the parents can place a few of the child’s toys. Babies absolutely love to tip them over and make a mess and then try to put the toys back.11
Buying gifts for a 1 year old baby girl is pretty easy, but you do have to comply to certain rules, like: the toys have to be safe for this age and the materials should be non toxic, non allergic. Thankfully, if you buy the items from a decent dedicated kids shop, all this information is written on the tags.
Therefore, you have to keep in mind that a year old is fascinated by colors, sounds and shapes. You can buy toys that sing and the baby can mumble along, forcing her to develop her language skills. You can also get any kind of toys that beep, rattle and snore; for example, you can buy a pretty pink teddy bear that snores. The girl will definitely fall in love with it.
Bathing toys are very fun for a year old; bath time is one of the funniest experiences for a baby and some toys to play with while the parents are washing her are more than welcomed.
There are also items that help the child develop her problem solving skills and realize the space limitations. You can purchase the so called nesting toys that pretty much work on the Matrioshka dolls principle. Other fun gifts can be: shape sorters; basically, the baby will have to learn the shapes of the objects and try to get a round item through a round hole or a squarish item through the right whole. Babies love these kinds of toys and the manufacturers have started to make them more colorful.
Of course, another great option for a baby girl are clothes. You can choose from beautiful, delicate dresses to headbands that are adorned with flowers or butterflies. However, at this age the parents will appreciate this kind of gift more than the baby.
Books are great choices for babies and this link will direct you to a list of twelve books dedicated to 1 year olds.11
Two year old children have mobility now; let’s say also dexterity and they are full of energy. They will play all day, experiment things like gymnastics, so they can understand what their bodies can do.
There are plenty of gift ideas for 2 year old girls. You can purchase clothes and accessories: pretty dresses, a pink t shirt, beautifully adorned headbands with little flowers or ladybugs, colorful bracelets. Remember to take a good look at the materials out of which they are made; make sure that whatever items you choose to buy are non allergic or dangerous for the children.
Of course, toys are a great choice for girls this little. You can get them from sweet teddy bears to kitchen sets. As kids are more mobile at this age, they will be interested in toys that they can drag around, like a little dog with wheels and a simple cord or a frog that bounces as it is dragged by the girl. You can also take a chance and buy a tricycle, which the baby will absolutely love. However, make sure that it is stable and that it is suitable for a baby girl: beautiful, bright color, a little basket on the front.
You can already think at this age about the child’s creativity; you can buy sets of colors that are especially designed for children, as they are not toxic and a drawing pad. The parents will love the crazy little drawings made by their girls at this age. You can also get a set of non toxic plasticine, so the baby can play with it by giving it different forms.
Games like puzzles or construction blocks are very good for the child’s brain activity, no matter if we are talking about a girl or a boy. Also, there are tones of books out there especially manufactured for kids this age: kids especially love books with pop out figurines. For girls, you can buy classics like Cinderella, The beauty and the beast, Snow White and so on. Even though the reading level is higher than their age, they will be mesmerized by the figurines that pop out.11
One year olds are all about sensations: touching, chewing, sounds and lights. One year old baby twins are not different. Very often you will see people give twins as birthday gifts: matching clothes, costumes, accessories and so on. This is not such a bad idea, but remember that almost everyone will bring such presents, so you will not offer the parents’ children something new. You have a lot of options: t shirts that say things like “Two peas in one pod”, “Baby A” and “Baby B”, t- shirts that complete each other’s text (TW- IN, Lo- Ve) and matching hair accessories for baby girls. These items are fun and cute, but the majority of people have the tendency to give such presents to twins.
You should take a step back and just think about them as simple kids that are unique and not always consider them only “twins”. For example, you can offer to take photos at their birthday party and then make a beautiful album. This kind of a gift is mostly appreciated by the parents. You can purchase bubble machines that always make children laugh and have fun. You can also get them a pop out tent with tunnels, which babies absolutely love because it involves crawling and hiding; treasure chest boxes are also great. These are the kind of gifts that both babies will take advantage of.
But you can take separate gifts as well; the babies will share them and take advantage of all of them, anyway. You can purchase toys that “talk”, which will help children, try to “mumble” along with that toy in order to develop their speech capability. Other options that you have include: instruments that mimic animal sounds, items that are filled with a special gel that helps the babies relief their discomfort caused by the growing of the teeth, mechanisms that shade lights in different colors and so on. These are separate toys, but in the end both babies will play with them. The competition and, maybe, jealousy will appear a little bit later. Now it’s not the case.
Whatever gifts you choose to buy, whether a “together” present or separate presents, be reassured that both babies will end up playing and having fun with both types of gifts.11
Buying gifts for a one year old child can be pretty tricky. At twelve months, the baby is starting to move and is curious about the things around him. A child this small is all about sensations; therefore, you have to think color, sounds, touch and even chewing.
Try to find colorful items, mechanisms that shade lights in different colors, toys that “talk” in order for the child to try to repeat phrases, numbers and even “sing” along with that toy. You can even buy guitars that have buttons, which once pushed recreate animal sounds or different lovely tunes. These kinds of toys not only please and entertain the child, but they also help him/ her to develop and slowly discover the world that surrounds him/ her.
You have to keep in mind that at the age of one, the baby starts to have more dexterity in his hands, so you can purchase items that request touching and exploring. Another important thing is that a one year old baby pretty much puts everything in his mouth. You have to be careful about which toys you choose: they have to be made out of non toxic materials and under no circumstance choose items that have small parts, as they can be easily swallowed by the child, or sharp edges. At this age the baby has problems with his/ her teeth, so you can purchase items that are filled with a special gel and that help ease the child’s discomfort.
Therefore, you can buy toys that will also entertain the baby, but that are safe and helps his/ her development. You can purchase toys under the form of different instruments that have buttons and generally mimic animal sounds, toys made out of special, non allergic materials that the baby can put in his mouth and ease the discomfort in their gums. Also, there are special balls that are made out of soft, flexible material and that have wholes in them, so the baby can stick his fingers in it and do whatever else passes through his/ her mind.
There are two important things to remember when you buy presents for one year old children: safety and fun.11