The best Christmas toys for kids - tips for all ages

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  November 22, 2019

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As every year, as Christmas approaches, we are again full of doubts about what to give to our children.

It is also possible that we receive questions from grandfathers and grandmothers, uncles and aunts about what a suitable gift is because they have absolutely no idea what really is the best gift to give.

At times, looking for the right gift can prove to be quite a dilemma. When we encounter this situation, it is important to keep in mind what stage the child is in.

A gift that is not suitable for the age of the child either stays in the cupboard for a long time or is never touched at all. Eternal sin! In this article we will help you make the right choice.

Choosing Christmas gifts for children. What do you pay attention to?

It is important never to let a child get used to an excessive amount of gifts. If you give a child a gift too often when there is actually no apparent reason for it, their sense of enthusiasm will soon disappear when you receive a new gift for Christmas, for example.

Grandmothers and grandfathers who have gone to such trouble to find a nice gift may be disappointed that the gift is quickly pushed aside.

So make sure you can still surprise a child with the nice gifts. This means that as a parent you hold back a bit for the rest of the year, save things that you think you need like a nice balance bike and give it before Christmas.

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In addition, provide a gift of great quality. Children generally last longer here and if there are no parts on toys that can break or break, then safety is also guaranteed.

In addition, you pay attention to the phase the child enters. The preference of the child can also be an important factor. If you are a son who loves cars, a new doll will be less well received.

But also be careful not to get stuck in the same pattern too much. Diversity is of course also good for a child. In this way, a child is more widely developed, and who knows, you might arouse a new interest.

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Christmas gifts for children under 2 years old

For children under 2 years of age, stimulation is a good idea for a suitable gift. Of course it is not easy to discover what their real interest is at this age. Those little ones are still discovering everything! So choose beautiful toys that go well with this.

The discovery phase that a child is in the middle of is extremely important.

Children from 1 year old love to move, stack objects and build towers. They can start coloring. Some types of toys they love include big moving cars, tricycles, blocks they can stack on top of each other, etc.

Children ages 1 to 2 also like toys that make or can speak music. This will help them to speak their first words.

Movement is the most important stimulus for children to learn to walk better. At this stage, kids want to get everywhere. They believe that everything is much more accessible and that they have a special interest in reaching certain objects that catch their attention.

It is also the period when children begin to recognize the property of objects and they begin to use and understand different words. Pay close attention to their growing vocabulary which is only going up from this point on.

The language that is the new tool to communicate with will allow your little one to start small conversations with you. Even if they don't understand what they are saying, they will go to great lengths to communicate with the world. Help them with that.

Below we show some toys that promote the development of the child at this stage. Some of the toys we have selected stimulate language development, the development of new hand skills, the development of the senses and psychomotor development.

 

Christmas gifts for children between 2 and 3 years old

If we want to give a Christmas present to a child between the ages of 2 and 3, we often have a little less trouble compared to choosing a suitable gift for a child under 2. Partly because the child has now shown his own preference and we there influence our choice. Still, there are several things to keep in mind when choosing an ideal gift.

Children at this stage are starting to get to know more and more everything around them and their coordination is in full swing, so it is advisable to purchase such toys as blocks, buildings to make, balls, musical instruments, etc.

After two years, children not only show interest in other children, but they also start associating with them more and more. Suddenly they are more sociable, more participating in the activities that others organize. They no longer want to just play with mom or dad. Instead of playing “side by side”, children play “together”.

To stimulate development at this age, suitable toys are those that help to stimulate creativity, imagination, memory and skills with the hands. Below we give examples of such gifts:

 

Christmas gifts for children between 3 and 5 years old

Children of this age develop an increasing imagination and fantasy. From the age of 3 children start to distinguish their role and gender more and more. In some cases you see that the boys want more and more "cool" toys and girls want more and more "girlish" toys with lots of pink. Of course it is nice to get something that you really like as a child and as a parent you are quickly inclined to give something that they want to play with. But beware of the pitfall of giving your child something that he / she already has so much of. Getting the same kind of toys is also boring and eventually the least favorite ends up in a corner or cupboard.

So try to think outside the box and look for an original gift. We hope that we have listed a few options below that will make this choice easier.

 

Of c, which is always a good choice in this age category

Christmas gifts for children between 6 and 11 years old

Children of these ages are in a period when they are fully developing different skills. Such as cognitive, emotional and social skills. They are beginning to understand the world around them better.

In this phase, children prefer to just play with other children. Especially boys with other boys and girls with other girls, but not necessarily this way.

Many boys and girls are starting to get their personal strong opinion about what kind of toys they prefer and with whom and with whom they like to play. It's very important that we keep their wishes in mind, but, as above, we shouldn't focus on one specific type of toy. Better to vary.

 

Christmas gifts for children from 11 years old

When choosing a gift for children over 11, you can often ask them what they would like to have. Often they already have a few things in mind. Nevertheless, we can always surprise them with the best gifts.

There are many other ways to surprise your child besides giving toys. Think of giving books or a fun day out with the whole family. The possibilities are endless, but at least choose something that suits your budget, the preferences and stage of life of your child and the situation of the family.

Nice children's books to give at Christmas

It is always nice to receive a book, especially as a child you can enjoy yourself with it for a while, and that for an often very reasonable price. Here are some more book ideas to give this Christmas.

Books for children between 1 and 4 years old

Books for children between the ages of 4 and 6 Year

Books for children between the ages of 7 and 11 Year

Books for children above the 11 years

We hope that nothing stands in the way of a beautiful and happy Christmas with your family! Merry Christmas!

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.