Holiday and Christmas shopping can easily turn from a jolly outing to a hectic mess, and the pressure can feel even greater if you are searching for the perfect gift for that special child — that excited Christmas fan — in your life.
Karen Richert, co-owner of Leduc’s Playing For Keeps toy store, says there are many tips and ideas people can take into consideration to make Christmas shopping for children just a little bit easier.
“I think we always want to give them what they ask for, and that’s important. But I think we also want to stretch their focus a little bit,” said Richert.
“It’s okay to introduce something new at Christmas,” she added.
Richert says another great gift idea is for the buyer to purchase something that inspires them and share it with the child, also the meaning behind the importance. “If it’s neat to you it’ll be neat to them, and don’t be afraid to share why.”
She feels shoppers sometimes need to look past fad toys for items with real longevity and value. “You can pick a toy just by doing a little research on the roots of the company.”
“Sometimes it’s the simple things that mean the most two,” she added. Richert says looking past the price tag into an item that will intrigue and enamour a child is important too.
Taking into account the family element can also lead to great gifts. “Try to find something you can do together.”
Richert says people need to go into Christmas shopping with a joyous attitude or the whole experience can sour. Her advice is not to calculate what they need by what they already have at home. “It should be fun to simply pick out a toy that will bring joy to somebody.”