It can be hard to figure what to give a child, especially one you don’t know well.
You know they probably don’t want clothes. But what is it that will truly delight them?
First tip: Ask the parents.
Mom and dad probably have a plan for getting whatever the “it” gift is this year. But ask them anyway.
Find out what the child’s interests are. Do they like books? Are they budding artists? Do they enjoy playing games or building things? Are they into outdoor activities?
When in doubt, go for the classics — things like Legos, crayons, Play-Doh, a ball, a kite or a book. Toy cars and other things that roll are always popular. Kids who like to help in the kitchen might enjoy the updated version of the classic Easy-Bake oven. Older kids might enjoy a science kit.
It’s also a good idea to ask the parents if there are any kinds of toys they don’t approve of, or don’t need any more of around the house.
And remember that toys with small parts or magnets can be hazardous to small children who might be tempted to put them in their mouths.