Holiday Gift-giving Guide for Dad
Don't let your kids' holiday wish list present an overwhelming challenge to you! Between the advertising that bombards you, and your kids' wish list begging for the latest gadget, it's easy to feel pressure to get just the right gift for your kids. But, if you're like other dads, you probably don't want to just get your kid the latest popular thing. Research shows that dads are expressing more interest in planning educational activities for their kids.
Be a gift hero with our ideas for age-appropriate gifts that are not only fun, but help kids develop and learn - and the price tag won't break your wallet !
You can be your kids' holiday hero with our Dad's Guide to Great Gifts!
Your little one certainly isn't clamoring for a cool toy this holiday season, but the holidays are a great opportunity to introduce your child to things that will help him or her develop. For example, it's never too early to start teaching your child to appreciate the beauty of music.
We Recommend: Baby Einstein Music Box Collection
Reading with your child is a wonderful way to help your child's auditory, language, and thinking skills grow. This holiday season, build your toddler's library with books that introduce them to colors, shapes, and the world around them. The moments you spend cuddled up on the couch reading together will not only help them learn, but build a bond between the two of you.
We Recommend: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Your preschooler is learning to express him or herself. Help him or her cultivate creative skills, eye-hand-coordination, and color recognition with simple craft supplies like coloring books and crayons. Grab a set of crayons yourself, Dad, and find your creative side too!
We Recommend: Personalized Coloring Books by Frecklebox
Four- and five-year-olds are at a fun age where they can start following the rules of games and playing cooperatively with others. Introduce them to some basic card games and help them practice number sequence, matching, and taking turns. Make sure you get in on the fun too!
We Recommend: Kids' Favorite Card Games by International Playthings
Make learning fun for your kids with games that put what they're learning in school to the test. Kids will love the opportunity to compete with you and show off their knowledge. Also look for games and activities that let them use their imagination and be creative.
We Recommend: The World Almanac for Kids Puzzler Deck series and Rory's Story Cubes by Gamewright
Make gift-giving an opportunity to challenge your teenager to explore new interests, build different skill sets, and become a well-rounded individual. Anything from a kit to check out a new hobby or a book to help them build goals as they become a budding adult would be a great fit for your teen and provide an opportunity for you to engage with them in activities or conversations.
We Recommend: The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls
Good luck with your holiday shopping this season, Dad! We know with a little time and outside-the-box thinking, you'll find great gifts that your kids will love, that will help them develop as a confident individual, and that will give you mutual activities to share together.
You Can Be Your Family's Holiday Hero!