When my son was young, he could be difficult to buy gifts for. When I was little, I loved going through toy catalogs, checking off each toy I wanted for Christmas. Don’t all kids love to do that? To me, it added to the excitement. Which of those toys would I find under the tree on Christmas morning? So of course, I handed over some toy catalogs to my son when he was old enough to turn the pages. Meh. Big deal. He had no interest whatsoever. He couldn’t tell you what he wanted either.  I had to get creative.

One thing I learned about buying gifts for my son was that the toys that most kids wanted weren’t the toys my son wanted. At. All.  So all the ads on tv for the latest craze in toys were no help at all.  Eventually, I figured out that all I had to do was think about what my son was interested in and then look for toys – and books – that matched those interests. For example, he loved dinosaurs, so I looked for books, toys, and even games about dinosaurs. The books had to be at the right reading level for him and had to teach him something he didn’t already know. They toys and games had to be both fun and challenging. It wasn’t always easy, but at least I was more likely to get gifts he would enjoy – rather than those toys and games that end up in the closet collecting dust.

My favorite Christmas was what I call the Harry Potter Christmas. The Harry Potter craze was one craze that my son got into as much as most other kids. I think the series was on book two by the time we had that special Christmas. My son loved the characters and the stories in those books.  I had to do a lot of searching online, but I found a hand-made wooden wand with a red “phoenix” feather in the core. I found a stuffed white owl, and made a wizard robe (they weren’t readily available to buy until after the movies came out).  Instead of cards reading that they were from me (or Santa), the cards indicated that the gifts were from the characters in the stories. For instance, the white owl was from Hagrid and the wand was from Mr. Olivander.  There were other gifts under the tree, but those made that Christmas special.

If you think about what your child is interested in, you can find gifts he or she will love and you can find some creative ways to give them.  If you aren’t sure what to look for or need some ideas that could satisfy your child’s interests, have a look at the gift giving guide I created. There is some advice and lots of suggestions.

Carol BainbridgeHolidaysToysChristmas,Gift Giving,Toys for Gifted Kids
When my son was young, he could be difficult to buy gifts for. When I was little, I loved going through toy catalogs, checking off each toy I wanted for Christmas. Don't all kids love to do that? To me, it added to the excitement. Which of those toys...