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Fun and Practical Gifts for Kids - Top Options for Smart Parents

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It’s holiday season again with Christmas and New Year round the corner, you can almost hear the bells on Santa’s sleigh. Good food, good company and unique gifts, what more can one possibly want? But holidays are not all fun and games, it calls for some serious shopping- a pretty exhausting task especially if you have kids in the house. For amidst all the celebration and cheer there looms a sense of dread that your kid won’t like his gift from secret Santa this year. Yes, we’ve all been there. Cut some slack, we have compiled a list of some fun and practical gifts that your child would love and you’d approve of:

Art supplies

If your kid loves to draw and create, then this is probably the best gift you can give him/her. A set of crayons, a paint box and a drawing pad would keep them occupied for hours! And holiday seasons offer some of the best discounts on art supplies; you can get some really lucrative deals in the market this time of the year.


Journals help cultivate a habit of maintaining a systematic record of things one does throughout the day. Encourage your child to write and express his ideas on paper- it is a great way of boosting the vocabulary and also venting out his/her personal thoughts. Also journals are wonderful keepsakes to store the memories of your kid growing up. This holiday season you can get some hard cover journals for you kid. The vibrant and pretty wrapping immediately catches a child’s eye.

DIY secret door kit

Creative and budget friendly gift options for kids, these DIY door kits are easy to assemble and use (it fits an average doorway space). Who wouldn’t love a secret room hidden behind a shelf with a special secret door?! This holiday recreate the spirit of magic and joy with these secret doors magically popping up behind shelves.


Technology is not confined to just the grown up adults; there are loads of gadgets in the market especially designed for kids. From phones to laptops and cameras, you can get your child some cool gadgets this holiday season. And with all the gatherings and celebrations cameras can be a great gift idea for kids this time of the year. Get a toy camera or the kid proof “point and shoot” ones! You can also consider the professional DSLR camera if your child is seriously interested in photography. Starting young never hurt anyone.


A backpack featuring your child’s favourite cartoon character or movie is a smart gift choice this holiday season. Kids love to carry their own belongings with them and backpack or little bags can be pretty useful. And the fact that they’re pretty handy for carrying school books have made them a popular gift choice among parents as well.


Getting your kid a watch is perhaps the smartest way to teach him the value of time. It will make them more self-dependent and also punctual. You can check out the kiddy watches that come in a variety of shapes and designs or go for a simple yet elegant “adult” watch. Watches are usually considered to be “grown up stuff”, your kid would be thrilled to have a watch just like daddy this holiday season! You can also consider the digital watches with their smart interface and high tech console if you have a few extra bucks to spare.

The bottom line

We’ve all gone through the classic dilemma- to get your child what he wants (i.e. the latest XBOX) or buy something that would be “good” for him (a set of science books). These gift ideas mentioned above combine the best of both.

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