Shopping For Gifts For A 6-Year-Old

Buying gifts for children on holidays or for other occasions can be difficult if you aren't sure where to start. Children are sometimes more difficult to buy for than adults because of current trends and trying to abide by what is appropriate for the age group. If you have a 6-year old boy on your gift list, you will need to follow some basic guidelines to ensure your gift is both appreciated and appropriate for the child.


Look for the age labels on toys, games or movies. If an age label states that a gift is for children "5 and up" or "6 and up" it is in the perfect age range for a 6-year-old boy. Gifts labeled "3 and up" may seem babyish while gifts that are labeled "8 and up" may be too difficult to play with or even dangerous for a 6-year-old.


If you are purchasing movies, it is best to ask the parents of the boy what type of movie rating is appropriate for him. If you are unable to ask the parents, choose a movie with a "G-rating". G-rated movies are safe for all ages to watch without parental guidance, while PG-13 implies that a parent must decide and guide their child through the movie if he is under 13 years of age. The same rating system applies for video games as well, and should be followed the same way.

Choose gifts that relate to the boy's interests. If he is into skateboarding, buy him something that would encourage that hobby. Choose items like new skateboards, wheels or safety gear. Consider giving him a gift certificate for a local sporting goods store to buy what he wants for his skateboard. If he is into bakugans or pokemon figures, there are many starter's kits available that would provide him with cards, toys and carrying cases for those type of collecting games.


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