Finding the perfect holiday gift for your child can be overwhelming. There are so many choices, and there is so much pressure to have the latest and greatest. Simplify by thinking about what your kids like to spend their time doing.
Our son draws cartoons for hours with a sketchpad balanced on his knee, so we got him a drafting table and some art supplies two years ago, a gift he still uses every day. Now he wants to play electric guitar and join his friend's garage band. We'll look for a good used guitar and amplifier, and his grandparents will chip in to help pay for lessons.
A child's play is their work. Supporting that energy with just the right toy or tool can go a long way toward making sure the gifts aren't abandoned hours after they're opened, and left to gather dust until they get passed on or sold at a yard sale.
Kelly Ferry lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, teen son, and toddler daughter. She writes when she can, thinks about writing when she can't, and knows more will be revealed.