If you are a single mom, you want the best for your kids for Christmas. But sometimes you have to balance fun with function when choosing the ideal gift. That allows you to get your kids something nice while also having the present serve a useful purpose. Luckily, there are a number of high-quality gift options that can also meet other needs within your household. To help you take advantage of the ability for a gift to pull double-duty, consider these options that are sure to impress.
Gaming and Computer Chairs
One trick with kids is that they can grow so fast. And while you may not think about it often, having a quality chair when using a home computer is important. A poorly designed chair can make extended computer sessions (whether homework or entertainment related) seriously uncomfortable. Poor ergonomics can also lead to a number of injuries and other physical issues.
If you want to make sure your child can complete their tasks, then consider giving top gaming chairs as a gift. Since these are made with gaming in mind, it is fairly common for them to be created based on ideas of extended use. And just because they say they are for gaming, that doesn’t mean they won’t work well for any computer-related task.
Clothes and School Supplies
While giving clothes and school supplies as gifts don’t initially sound like fun, it can be when you take your child’s unique style into consideration. Consider adding a few key pieces that represent who they are and what they are interested in. You may want to consider brands or styles that would normally be off limits due to their prices, especially if holiday sales make the items more affordable. That way you can give them something they want, and don’t normally get, that also serves an important function in their daily lives.
We all know that physical fitness is important to overall health, but getting a kid to participate in a traditional exercise program might not be easy. However, you can encourage them to be more active by making exercise fun. Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, and sports equipment can all be used for fun while providing giving your child a reason to get some exercise. That allows you to kill two birds with one stone.
Alternatively, if there is a certain skill they would like to learn, like dance or martial arts, consider signing them up for classes as a gift. This demonstrates that you pay attention to what interests them, but still allows you to make sure they are getting enough exercise to stay healthy. Since classes are often held at business locations, you may not even have to stay in the building while they take their class. This can give you a chance for a little alone time, which may make the gift even more valuable than you originally anticipated.
Even if gift cards practically function like cash, they do limit where your child can spend the money. If you aren’t comfortable selecting new clothes or shoes as gifts without them present, then consider giving a gift card that lets them pick a few new items for their wardrobe. That way they can be actively involved in the selection process, but you still ensure they get a functional gift.