Every year people ask me; “Santa, how do you always know exactly what to bring all the boys and girls??”
In this exclusive interview with BuyandSell.ie, I’ll be divulging all my secrets for how I manage to choose the best Christmas presents every year!
To maximise enjoyment of gifts, I recommend dividing presents into 3 phases;
1. Immediate entertainment: these are toys which can be taken right out of their boxes and played with on the spot. Dolls, board games, action figures and playsets with figurines all fall into this category.
2. Ticking over til New Year: these are games and toys which require batteries, installing onto the computer or any kind of re-jigging before they’re ready for action. This often applies to arts and crafts related gifts too- unless you fancy popping open the PVC glue and glitter at 5am!
3. Long term enjoyment: these are practical investment which will provide happiness well beyond the holiday season; think books, bikes, concert tickets and new clothing
Make and Do!
Some of the most popular presents are those while involve creativity and imagination
Lego is a timeless investment for boys and girls alike- buy it in bulk and watch your little ones build and destroy countless creations!
Play dough, beads, coloured paper, pottery kits, sewing sets… your options are endless and you’re guaranteed hours of fun!
However, be sure to check that it’s appropriate for their age and ability levels
There are some classic gifts which are truly timeless and will no doubt bring back many happy childhood memories!
With a plethora of video games and consoles on the market, the humble bike has been neglected in favour of simulated sports
Toy cars are also an excellent way to get kids active and come in a range of models, so whether you’re looking for a race car or a pink mini cooper, the options are endless
Books are a brilliant present for children of all ages
Whether you’re reading them aloud or they read by themselves before bedtime, parents should immerse their children in the magical world of literature as early as possible
Favourites for Christmas 2013 include;
- THE TERRIBLE THING THAT HAPPENED TO BARNABY BROCKET by John Boyne and Oliver Jeffers
- The tale of Barnaby, a magical boy with the ability to float, and the challenges he faces as someone who is different
- DARK WARNING by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
- The adventures of a girl with magical powers growing up in 18th century Smithfield Market
- THE WEIGHT OF WATER by Sarah Crossan
- Poetry meets fiction in this powerful story told from the perspective of a young Polish girl
- SPELLBOUND: TALES OF ENCHANTMENT FROM ANCIENT IRELAND by Siobhán Parkinson and Olwyn Whelan
- A beautifully illustrated book of Irish legends with themes of magic and superstition
- THIS MOOSE BELONGS TO ME by Oliver Jeffers
- Marcel the Moose wanders into the forest and comes face to face with the unknown
That’s a Wrap!
Me ole flower, Mrs Claus, has a lot on her plate over Christmas (in more ways than one, ho ho ho!) so instead of wrapping individual presents she puts them all into a large bag which she has customised with old Christmas decorations like tinsel, stars and bows.
When the children are happily playing with their presents, this bag can be used for collecting rubbish- just make sure to not leave it hanging around or they might have a Love/Hate moment and ‘Fran the Man’ one of their siblings!