Perfect gifts for your children this Christmas

2014-12-23 00:00

STILL pondering what to get your child for Christmas this year? We have compiled a list of the most wanted presents this festive season.

Every year parents and grandparents fork out hundreds of rands in attempts to satisfy their children’s Christmas wishlist, but many gifts end up forgotten in the deep abyss of stocked cupboards or remain dust-collectors on crammed shelves.

Whether it’s for a boy or girl, the following gifts will leave children jumping for joy around the Christmas tree.

For children between four and six years, a Mimate or LeapPad tablet comes with a price tag between R1 000 and R2 000. Also, branded toys are a big hit this year. These are a lot cheaper and children are going crazy over Frozen and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figurines.

If your child is a bit older, between seven to 10 years, Wow Wee’s range of robotic toys is a must-have. From cute pets and dinosaurs to the top of the range item, RoboSapien, these robotic masterpieces come with advanced artificial intelligence, controls and motion detection. They range between R800 and R1 500.

If the little one is an outdoor lover, an electric scooter will guarantee hours of fun in the sun. You can get a decent scooter for about R1 000 without the worry of your child hurtling down the road at break-neck speeds.

Teenagers are the toughest bunch to satisfy. With all the gadgets on the market today, a simple hand chain just doesn’t do it any more.

Instead, smartwatches and bands are the latest trend. These devices sync with smart phones and allow for the access and transmission of data between the two devices (plus they’re very stylish). High-end brands come with shocking prices but you can purchase generic devices that do basically the same thing for about R1 000.

If a smart device is too expensive, opt for a portable power bank or wireless headphones.

Power banks are external batteries that charge mobile devices through a USB cable. They’re perfect for long trips or load-shedding. A power bank or a good set of wireless headphones can range anywhere between R200 and R500.

Shaun Chakanyuka looks at a RoboSapien toy at Reggies in the Liberty Midlands Mall yesterday. The toys are on the most wanted list for young boys and girls.

PHOTO: IAN CARBUTT

What gifts NOT to buy this Christmas

If you buy any one of these gifts, you will almost always receive fake smirks of happiness. First on the Christmas most hated gifts list are socks and ties.

It doesn’t matter if the picture is cute or the slogan hilariously witty, avoid mugs and paperweights at all costs.

Electric razors also don’t cut it, especially if they’re cheap and battle to remove two-day stubble.

Frames are hated as well, but you’ll get a much better response if it’s a digital photo frame.

Perfumes and cheap wines end it off. It’s difficult to choose a fragrance or taste that suits a specific preference, so avoid it completely or eyes will roll as the ribbons come off.

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