How to Give Ideal Age Related Gifts

Do you have a granddaughter, grandson, nephew, niece, daughter or son who needs a gift but you're clueless as to what to give them?! Finding the perfect gift is a combination of knowing the personality of the person, their interests, and crucially, their age.

Here are some suggestions to get you started. The article is mainly focused on children's and teen's age groups for now but if you have some excellent ideas for older persons, feel free to enhance this article and build these into the body of it as well. And feel free to include additional gift ideas that expand the choices.


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    Identify the gift recipient's age group. This is important to help you work out what type of gift will best suit. In addition, the gender and hobbies should be taken into account.
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    Consider these age-related possibilities for gifts:
    • Ages 1-3: baby-toddler clothes, age-suitable (safe) toys, grooming accessories, cloth books, outdoor toys
    • Ages 3-6: toddler clothes, shoes, socks, educational toys, jigsaw puzzles (large pieces), sandpit toys, tricycles, play tents, stuffed toys, hard cover books, early reader books, sunhat and sunscreen kit, beach toys, DVDs of favorite shows
    • Ages 6-8: clothes, shoes, books, DVDs of favorite shows, dolls, Lego and other blocks, doll house, doll furniture, skipping rope, hoop
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    • Ages 8-10: clothes, shoes, clothing voucher, computer/video games, tickets to a game, puzzles, science experiment kits, books, kids' magazine subscriptions, scooter, sports gear, gardening accessories
    • Ages 10-12: clothes, shoes, jewelry, hair accessories, small amounts of cash, gift vouchers, tickets to games, music, music accessories, puzzles, science experiment kits, rollerblades, larger bike, books, skateboard, sports gear ,video games
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    • Ages 13-15: clothes, shoes, jewelry, money, gift-cards, room appliances, music, music accessories, tickets to concerts/games, movie vouchers, books
    • Ages 16-19: money, gift-cards, car, make-up, purses, clothes, shoes, clothing vouchers (probably more appreciated that your choice of clothes), music, music accessories, car accessories, tickets to concerts/games, books, donation to savings account, craft supplies, subscription fees to something they love, plane ticket
    • Ages 20+: money, gift-cards, music, music playing devices, household accessories, beauty products, spa vouchers, weekend-away, balloon flight voucher for the daring, books, book vouchers, restaurant/dinner vouchers, massage voucher, garden gear, car accessories, eco-friendly items, jewelry, craft supplies, etc.
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    Add a balloon and flowers. Balloons are great for every age group and so are flowers. A cake always goes down beautifully too, especially when the person does not have anyone baking a cake for them. This is especially more likely for older people but can also affect children with very busy parents.
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    Write a card. The message should be very personal. Cards with ages on them are excellent for kids who are proud of keeping a track of their ages. These become less well-received over 40!
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    Check out other ideas on wikiHow for gift-giving. wikiHow's gift-giving category has many articles full of great ideas to help you. You can see some of the articles listed below.


  • Really care about what you get this person and remember: what you buy for them could reflect on what they buy for you!
  • It's always nice to buy things that are a surprise instead of methodically and slavishly following a list but don't assume that just because they asked for it, someone else will get it. Talk to others to see if something is really wanted and to work out who is in the best position to buy that really wanted gift.
  • Older folks often like homemade things; don't assume that kids don't though as they can be very fond of the right homemade gift made with love and care.
  • Keep it simple; the simpler the better. This includes the wrapping.


  • Avoid buying really costly gifts. This sets up an unhealthy expectation for future gifts and also takes away the pleasure of receiving as an act of sharing love, affection, and caring.
  • If you are buying gifts for a large family, always keep expectations simple. You never know when your own circumstances might require a tightening of the budget and it is easier and more balanced to always give simple gifts than to have to pull back on your over-the-top generosity and disappoint the kids.

Things You'll Need

  • List of ideas
  • Pen/pencil
  • Budget
  • List of stores/online shopping possibilities
  • Calendar with birthdays noted

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