Buying presents for babies and toddlers is a tricky task, particularly at Christmas, when the mounting pressure of the holidays makes the process of choosing your present all the more hectic. After all, you want to ensure that the presents you buy are appropriate for the child’s age range, and that they are also an enjoyable addition to their lives.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to guarantee that buying baby and toddler presents is as painless as possible. Below, we briefly outline a number of ways that you can facilitate the process, and ensure that your gifts are appreciated by both baby and parents.
Online shopping is hugely popular, and barely necessitates mentioning. However, at Christmas time, most consumers are inclined to go in store and find presents in person. While this can be fun, at least to begin with, it can limit the amount of choices available to you.
Shopping online will allow you to compare and contrast products, in the interest of choosing the ideal option. This is particularly relevant for baby and toddler gifts, as they can vary widely in style and design, and you’ll need a suitable amount of time to consider each product before committing.
However, when shopping online, you should be wary of the fact that Christmas can pose a lag in delivery times. Therefore, you should purchase your gifts well ahead of time, in order to allow for any delays.
Check For Size and Duplicates
Parents of babies and toddlers are typically inundated by gifts throughout the entire year, although most overwhelmingly at Christmas. Therefore, if you’re looking to buy a gift that’s particularly popular at the time of purchase (or a few months before)- it’s recommended that you check with parents to see if their child already owns this item. This will help you avoid duplicates, and will prevent others from purchasing the same present too.
Likewise, before buying a present for a toddler or baby, you should check their current size- and consider opting for a size up. Although it’s Christmas, you may be tempted to buy a summer outfit, and if so- you should ensure that you’re choosing a size larger than the child’s current one.
The key to buying the perfect present for a baby or toddler, is to choose a creative gift, that will prove memorable in the long term. While it’s tempting to buy a generic gift that you’re sure will appeal to a baby, buying something more unusual will carry more meaning, particularly as they look back on it in the future.
Overall, however, the idea of ‘it’s the thought that counts’ truly stands. As long as you choose a present with care and consideration, both baby and parents are sure to enjoy it.