With Christmas rapidly approaching, what is meant to be a festive, joy filled time of year can often become stressful and upsetting. For parents there is often nothing more demanding than trying to organize shopping trips with their little ones in tow. It is often easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of things on sale in stores. So how do you make Christmas shopping for your little ones a happy and positive experience?
It’s a really good idea to make a list of items you’d like to get for your child and stick to it. In addition, shopping online has revolutionized the often-painful process of buying things for Christmas. As Norlin Mustapha owner of Just Us Kids Online says: “Shopping online is so much easier, you don’t have to drag the kids along, it’s convenient – no hassling for car parks, or crowds! And with lots of online stores now providing prompt and free deliveries, with options of gift wrapping even, it actually saves you time shopping.”
A sensible suggestion is also to focus on gifts for your child that are both cute and practical. Sites like Mini Gourmets are great for mums and dads of little kids. With the huge popularity of shows like Junior Masterchef, you can buy practical and affordable items that you can use with your child from a very young age. As the owner Natalie Bates says: “Cooking with children is FUN, it provides such joy to children as there is always a great reward at the end. the eating! As parents you get to spend wonderful time creating yummy things and children understand that food just doesn’t come out of the cupboard or ready made. They learn about textures, flavours, smells and sounds. As they grow up, cooking is more than just the making, it can be about reading, learning numbers, listening and following instructions.” Buying gifts that fulfill these purposes means that they aren’t disposable or wasted gifts. Instead they are things that can be used on a regular basis and can be a valuable source of pleasure for your and your little one.
As well as being cute and practical it is important to get gifts that suit the individual needs and demands of your child. As Linda, owner of UrbanBaby says: “We love to choose gifts that inspire children and get the creative juices flowing, babies and littlies want to play and explore – rather than just be entertained. We’ve found kids love toys that are different, and we road test as much as possible with our own kids!” By shopping around you can ensure your little one gets the special something that will keep them happily occupied.
This is also a great opportunity for you and your child to spend some time together making gifts for family and friends. Together you can make anything from candle holders to the little angel perched on top of your tree. Your little one can prepare the gift tags for the gifts and spend some happy time colouring it in for you.
If you do decide to brave the shops it is a really good idea to plan in advance. There are plenty of catalogues filled with specials cropping up everywhere at this time of year. If your child has their heart set on something and you have decided to get it for them, this is the most practical way to do it. Make sure you phone ahead though to ensure the item you want is in stock.
With a little planning and preparation Christmas shopping can actually be an enjoyable activity for parents, and you can ensure that the day itself is filled with happy memories and delighted children.