So I’m sick of buying toys as gifts for children. For starters they can get quite expensive or cheaper ones break alot easier. I’ve even bought a gift they wanted for ages but only played with it for a day. Is monetary gifts ok for kids instead? I just can’t be bothered anymore..

Posted anonymously, 27th September 2019

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  • My kids are 11 and 9 and prefer to receive money now. I guess it depends on the age. If you are worried about money then a gift card would be the next best thing.

  • I have done this for years with my nephews and they love coming to the shops with me and picking their own thing out or saving it up for a bigger item they really want

  • Gift cards are a good idea. My daughter still receives either Dymocks, Coles, or Westfield gift cards.

  • It really depends on the kids ages. I would say young kids probably prefer a toy, but older kids would enjoy picking something out themselves.

  • It is very hard to buy for children these days. I have trouble buying for my own, when it comes to extended family and friends I cringe at the thought. I now buy each child a gift voucher or I buy a card and put money in the card. It is less personal but I’ve noticed the kids ( and some parents ) appreciate it more. It gives them the opportunity to buy what they want or save for something bigger.

  • I think I wouldn’t mind gift cards for kids, then I could take me out and they could choose something they really want. Even young kids. But probably depends in the parents.

  • I would get activity books or picture books, fact books they’re always fun to read my little one loves to read

  • It depends on the age of the kids, but when they are really young, cash to go into their bank account works. This happened with my kids, one nanna always gave cash and by the time the kids were old enough to understand about money and banking there was a nice amount of money in their accounts. Gift cards are great too because the parents and/or kids can pick exactly what they want.

  • I think it depends on who the children are and what your relationship is like with their parents.

    My nieces for example would be happy with a book and inside I would write “deposited $X into your account to go towards your car/house/Europe trip” or something like that.

  • I personalise money gifts with a special card and personalised words.

  • I think a voucher is ok. At least then it seems as though you have put some thought into it and they can get what they really want.

  • Depends of the age of kid. Sometimes is good to ask parents for advice (if its not your child) . Money are ok or gift card/experience voucher.

  • Money is fine as a gift and they can then buy what they want which may be toys or books or whatever they choose.

  • I would give a Movie gift card for kids they can use in the holidays

  • I reverted to money as gift. Too hard to work.out what kids want.

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