It’s July already, but we’re nearly halfway to Christmas
And with the festive season probably due in the shops any minute now (doesn’t it get earlier every year?), there’s never a bad time to start planning.
Moreover, birthdays occur all year round, and summer is well on the way, meaning your little ones will need to be entertained throughout those long school holidays.
With that in mind, these are just five great gifts for children that are a little out of the ordinary to keep them occupied.
1. 3-Wheeled Scooter
Remember how much fun you had riding your scooter as a kid?
You don’t see them so much these days, but it’s a great product to encourage your kids to get outside.
And the super-stylish, super-safe Y Glider scooter from Yvolution is ideal for your little ones. A fantastic way to encourage activity, it’s designed for children between the ages of 3 and 10, comes in a range of sizes and colours and is brimming with safety features to help your youngsters play safely.
2. Retro games console
Video gaming is at peak popularity. As well as the ever-present PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and the Nintendo Switch which has resurrected the popularity of the handheld device, PC gaming is on the rise, and these technological entertainments are venturing higher and higher on Christmas wish lists every year.
But everyone loves a bit of nostalgia, and if your children are the type to appreciate it, a retro console can make for a unique gift that shares a little of your childhood with them. Certain classic consoles can fetch a pretty penny, so don’t expect major savings by opting for this. But if your children don’t fall in love with them, you can always waste hours of your own time rediscovering classics like Super Mario Bros and Space Invaders.
3. Board games
Everyone knows the hours of family fun you can enjoy with board games.
But other than Christmas, how often do you and your little ones take advantage of this sociable form of entertainment?
Pick the right game of course – Monopoly always runs the risk of a family row, while your five-year-old might struggle with the ancient edition of Trivial Pursuit you’ve got in the cupboard under the stairs. But classics like Ludo, Uno or Operation are great for family entertainment and accessible for all ages.
For a break from the conventional, many gaming consoles (including the ones mentioned above) have family-friendly digital editions of board games which will spare you the set up of tiny pieces.
And if you have more than one child, encouraging them to play together can help keep them busy if you’re working from home or just need a bit of a break! Although, you might want to invest in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
Wondering how to keep your little ones entertained this summer? These are just three fantastic gifts that will guarantee hours of enjoyment.