Gender Neutral Gift Ideas for Kids
With the festive season around the corner, selecting a gift is a tough job especially for a kid, today mostly kids have the regular generic plus special toys already in their possession, and every parent and kid have particular preference in dresses…. SO WHAT TO GIFT A KID ??
Here are some gender neural gift ideas for kids. Reason I say “GENDER NEUTRAL” is gone are the days when girls only played with dolls and kitchen sets; and boys only wanted cars and trucks.
Today both boys and girls have a variety of interests ranging from cooking, singing, dancing to construction, sports etc. and more parents are focusing on raising with “GENDER EQUALITY” perspectives!! BRAVO!!
Be it a boy or girl, he/she needs to learn the Basic Life Skills irrespective of the body form.. and needs to rise above such boundation.
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So presenting few great gender-unbiased gift ideas :
Books anytime are the best gifts for a young mind. The more they read, the more they learn. Reading books is good for physical and mental health. Some story books are classic and are always loved.
Some age-appropriate books to gift a child are:
- Touch and feel books for 0-6 months old
- Picture books for 6 months to 2 year old
- Lift-the-flap or Pull-the-flap books for 1-2 years old
- Story books and Board books for all ages
- Best-seller or not-so popular yet interesting books
- Age appropriate sound, activity, sticker, coloring, picture books
- Regional and religious stories in different languages
- General knowledge and facts/science books as per age
2. PRETEND-PLAY TOYS
Along with the regular kitchen and doctor sets, a lot of more options are also available these days for enhancing imagination and understanding of day-to-day life skills by pretend-play. A girl should also know to fix a nail and a boy should also learn to cook and take care of a baby too.
- Grocery Sets/Cashier Kit
- Cooking Sets
- Tools Kits
- Construction Sets
- Shopping Trolley
- Baby/doll pram
- Baby Care Sets
3. BINOCULARS OR TELESCOPE
A superb gift for curious minds to explore and find out about more surroundings, space etc.
4. PUZZLES / BOARDS GAMES
According to the age, children love the challenges thrown at them, and so puzzles and board games give just the right food their brain needs to improve logical reasoning and problem solving.
5. CREATIVE TOYS/ CRAFT BOXES
Arts and crafts are no more considered as wastage of time, instead are added in the earlier STEM education and made it STEAM with A for ARTS. Also gone are the days when arts and crafts was only for girls. There are so many skills that a child gains through crafts like hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, creativity and imagination.
Creative and artistic toys enhance overall brain development, boost memory and motor skills, foster problem-solving skills and creativity.
Every child should be introduced to arts and crafts and these type of toys really come handy and useful, where parents can just hand them over to child to explore and learn.
6. MUSIC / SPORTS EQUIPMENTS
Reason these come at bottom of my list is these are again depending on child’s interest. However some common music instruments like casio or drum are fine and flute or guitar if we know would interest the child.
Similarly regular sports equipments like tennis or badminton kits or cricket bat would be fine or any other sport in particular if we are sure of.
What more “gender-neutral” gifts you would like to add to the list?
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