As we approach the Christmas season, it can be overwhelming to choose just the right gifts for our loved ones (especially when it comes to toys for the kids). There is so much to choose from and with all the sales and deals out there, it’s even more enticing to buy just about every toy out there!
Here are a few points to keep you on track when shopping for toys this holiday season:
Make a wish-list
Narrow down the toy options to makes it easier to focus. There are a lot of toys out there, and kids ask for everything. Your child has likely already made it known what’s on their wish-list this year and you may have scoped out suitable options yourself throughout the year.
Set a budget and stick to it
It is so easy to get carried away and spend too much. If you can stick to your budget, it will ease the stress of overspending, minimize post-purchase regrets and you’ll enter the new year without a ton of debt. But be realistic when setting your budget. It should be based on what you can afford – not what you WANT to spend.
Many of us are “last-minute” shoppers, but many stores offer amazing deals and discounts in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Take advantage of the discounts to help save money but keep to the plan. Just because we saved some money doesn’t mean that we should go on a shopping spree! Making your purchases in advance allows you to get your wanted items before they are out of stock and then you are not scrambling for last-minute ideas.
We all endeavour to make each Christmas as memorable and fun for our kids as much as we can. But be realistic in your choice of toy. Think about the age-appropriateness of the toy and how practical that toy may be in your child’s life. You may want to choose a toy option that will hold your child’s attention for a long time; one that has multiple uses and can be used at different stages in your child’s development. Remember: quality over quantity!
Don’t forget that the holidays are about creating special memories with your loved ones. Christmas shopping can be stress-free and a fun experience too. Just keep in mind the points above and think of the excitement your choices will bring to your little ones.
Written by Narissa Singh, owner of Play & Learn Toys ( www.playandlearntoys.ca ). A family operated, online specialty toy store based in Sherwood Park, Alberta, the go-to source for unique toys that inspire learning and creativity. From our family to yours, we wish you all best for a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas!