5 Presents to Buy Your Children that You Loved as a Kid
While our little ones are already getting started on their Christmas lists and dropping unsubtle hints about the latest gadgets, we’re getting nostalgic for our own childhood Christmases and all the wonderful presents we loved as kids. Modern toys just don’t cut it, right?
Here are some of our absolute faves; the perfect inspiration for gift-buying this year.
Don’t Stop the Music
All of us remember that one magical Christmas where we opened a box to discover the musical instrument we would dedicate at least the next few months to. Considering the racket that ensued, our parents weren’t likely to forget either. Whether you got a violin, a keyboard, a guitar, or a recorder, musical instruments were one of the most exciting and potentially life-changing gifts you could get as a kid (depending on whether you kept it up or not!). Treat your little ones to a new instrument this Christmas and you could just be sparking a passion that will last for a lifetime.
Was there anything more joyful than opening a brand new Meccano set? Or the latest Lego kit? The construction toy industry is still going as strong as it was when we were kids and no wonder: not only are building blocks and construction sets super fun, they’re also great brain training. Nowadays you can treat your kids to all sorts of high-tech designs and kits themed around their favourite films and characters; perfect for keeping them quiet on Christmas Day.
Wheels in Motion
While indoor toys are good fun on rainy days, there was nothing quite as exciting as running outside on Christmas Day to join all the other kids in the street trying out their brand new outdoor toys. From bikes and skateboards to roller skates or rollerblades, gifts with wheels are a fun and exciting way to get your little ones enjoying themselves in the great outdoors.
Chairman of the Board
Forget consoles and computers, board games were the big thing when it came to festive family fun in our childhoods. Who can forget the highly-competitive Christmas game of Mousetrap? Or the raucous Boxing Day match of Hungry Hungry Hippos? Treating your kids to the latest video game is fine but board games are the way to go if you want to get the whole family together.
No, we’re not talking a new puppy – they’re for life, not just for Christmas, remember! We’re talking a good old-fashioned cuddly toy. The perfect gift for babies, toddlers, and younger children, a first cuddly will often end up being carried along for a lifetime (don’t tell anyone but we still have our fave on our bed!). Whether you want to go for a cuddly version of your child’s favourite animal or a classic teddy bear, a snuggly cuddly is a friend forever.