When we buy gifts for kids, we often focus on the gift itself. What about the experiences that the gift can bring to a child’s excitement and development?
Usually, when we give a toy as a gift, children will play with it and, quite often, become very easily bored after the novelty has worn off. A prime example of this is on Christmas day. Children come to you with hints or outright requests for specific toys that they put on their list. With earnest expectation, they expect the gifts to be under the tree on Christmas day.
Is giving a toy as a gift to your children the ultimate experience? Better yet, is the ultimate experience the better gift to give?
Giving the Gift of Memories
Children aren’t afraid to say what they want. They’re also not afraid to let you know if they didn’t like a gift they received.
What if we, as parents, changed it up a bit and gave gifts of memories as opposed to a simple toy. How would that affect a child’s experience? Extending a gift that a child can appreciate and use well beyond the occasion provides a child more memories. It will be more likely used after the novelty has worn off.
Giving a child a gift that provides memories as opposed to immediate gratification can be somewhat tricky. To give the best gifts that provide our children the best experience, start with what they are most interested in.
A great example of this is providing a child who is interested in drawing and art with construction paper, markers, or crayons. These gifts, on the surface, seem quite elementary.
They’re not as exciting compared to gifts that light up and make lots of noise. However, if you extend a gift to a child that ignites and motivates their passion, the experience could be one that is most joyous for children and the parents.
For an artistic child, this type of gift would be priceless. The experience over this type of gift or toy can be one that is enjoyed long after the occasion has passed.
How to Provide Experience
While giving the latest gift and gadgets provide immediate gratification for children, it doesn’t provide the experience that can make them happier and more engaged.
The novelty of a gadget or toy is going to wear out within a matter of hours. Providing the experience is what makes the most significant difference for kids.
A great example is giving a child a set of binoculars for their birthday. At first glance, it seems like a terrible idea when you compare it to the newest game console that their friends just got for their birthday. When you match it with the experience a child receives from using the binoculars, there’s a joy and a sense of fulfillment they can’t get from playing the latest video game.
To expound, if a child uses these binoculars on a family vacation to the mountains, they will begin to look at the gift much differently. As a child, they will begin to relate the gift more to the experience than the gift itself. This set of binoculars they received on their birthday will now have an entirely new significance to them. Not only is it a gift. It also represents an experience as a result of receiving the gift.
Another Great Example
Have you ever seen a little girl play with a doll that she really likes? Sometimes that favorite doll is the toy that is missing an eye, a plug of hair, or the clothing of the doll is matted and worn. Nonetheless, this is still the favorite doll among all of the others.
All we see as a parent is the fact that it is time to buy our baby girl a new doll. But regardless of the new dolls ou will give, that doll will be the most favorite of them all.
There is an intangible benefit that this one-eyed doll has, and only a little girl can understand the relationship between the toy and herself.
There is an experience to be had when this little girl sits and has tea with this little doll. The conversations and secrets between the two are mystifying. As matted and worn out as this doll looks, there is still a sparkle in your daughter’s eyes when she beholds the most beautiful doll in her collection.
This is an excellent example of how an experience with a toy can create a happier child. No other dolls in the collection can meet the challenge. These types of experiences not only make a child happier. They can also help fuel their imaginations for experiences that a new toy can’t give.
Giving the gift of memories and experience is a way to ignite a child’s creativity and interests. These memories and experiences can be the catalyst that fuels a child’s passion that they may be able to use later in life.