A Sweet Surprise: 5 Cool Christmas Gifts Your Kids Will Love

A Sweet Surprise, 5 Cool Christmas Gifts Your Kids Will Love

Guest Blogger, Kara Masterson

Gift giving is definitely one of the most beloved aspects of the holidays. This is probably one reason people spend time attempting to purchase the perfect gift. Still, getting a gift your loved ones are going to love is not easy, but the following five ideas may help improve your chances.

Experience Is Awesome

A good idea is to simply gift your child with a great experience rather than an object. Yes, things are great, but sometimes it’s okay to surprise a child with something like a trip. Consider purchasing tickets to fairs, theme parks, or something similar, and place these tickets in a regular gift box or bag.

Fun Moment

Another interesting idea might be giving your child the opportunity to treat themselves with a homemade treat. Give your kid a few dessert choices that can be made at home with your home. Try to choose something that your child has not had before and something that you feel confident about. Make sure you involve your kid in every part of the process.

Digital Gift

You know the world is digital now, and your child is probably into all sorts of activities online. It may be a good idea to simply gift your kid enough credits or cash to purchase digital games or content online. There are several apps that might cost a little money, which could interest your child.

Current Gift

Sometimes the best thing you can do is help ensure that your kid has the current shirt or toy. Staying relevant amongst friends or peers is pretty important for kids or at least most kids. Your child might love the idea of having a Goku Riding Nimbus Hoodie or a star-wars themed shirt. Anything that features a pop culture star would be great. Sure, this might be costly, but your kid is going to feel pretty darn cool.

Class It Up

There is nothing more parent-y than giving your child the gift of knowledge. You do not have to resist the urge to give the gift of knowledge as long as you make it cool. Try to figure out a subject that your child is really interested in, and try to find a class that expands on this subject in a fun way. There are all sorts of classes that you can offer your kid, such as musical classes or a pottery class.

Hopefully, some of these ideas feel right for you and your kid. Make sure that you remember to listen to your child because your kid may say exactly what he or she wants this Christmas.

5 Tips for Saving Big on Clothes for Kids

5 Tips for Saving Big on Clothes for Kids

Guest Blogger: Anica Oaks

Parents know that raising kids is full of expenses, both anticipated and unexpected. One big area of expense for many families is clothes. Kids grow fast and play hard. This makes it seem nearly impossible to keep them in stylish, well-fitting, and fresh-looking clothes while staying within a reasonable budget. While it may be a challenge, there are some ways to help parents save big on clothes for kids.

Take Advantage of Loyalty Programs

Many clothing retailers have incentive programs for their loyal customers that are absolutely free to join. Many of them offer “free” money to spend in store for every $50 or $100 you spend. Don’t let those incentives go to waste. Make sure to use them. The key to maximizing savings is to use these extra dollars wisely. Don’t go in and spend more than you need, or your “savings” actually end up costing you more money.

Shop Second Hand

With how fast kids grow, there are times they may only wear a certain outfit a handful of times before they outgrow it. Consider buying kids’ clothes second hand. There are a wide array of online options as well as local and regional shops. If you have nice clothes to get rid of consider reselling them. This will give you a little extra money to use towards the new wardrobe. Additionally, do not shy away from hand me downs. Talk to family and friends that have kids a little bigger than yours. Let them know that you’d be interested in buying (or being gifted) any clothes their kids outgrow.

Avoid Designer Brands

Designer clothing comes with a hefty price tag. Look for off brand ideas to help kids stay stylish on a budget. Foregoing name brands is a sure way to save some money when shopping. Understand which stores carry which brands, so you don’t fall into impulse buying when you are in the store.

Use Coupons

Be on the lookout for coupons for your favorite brands and stores. Sign up for mailing lists and follow them on social media to stay up-to-date on coupons and promotions being offered. Before shopping, check for coupons, because you never know when you might be able to get discounts on the latest fashion products from Macy’s and other well-known retailers. Chances are you will be able to find one to use.

Shop Sales

Amazing savings can be found if you shop sales for kid’s clothes. Some of the best deals can be found at end of the season sales. With some planning ahead, you can find great winter gear in February or March for the upcoming year.

You can anticipate that kids will keep growing and you will have to buy new clothes. With a bit of planning and creativity in shopping, buying them new wardrobes does not have to break the bank!