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|International Children's Day is celebrated on June 1 (Photo: Parenting)|
According to Volunteer Program Bali, in 1924, the League of Nations decided that June 1 will be remembered as International Children’s Day. It is a special day designated as a reminder for the world to address problems that have direct or indirect effects to the welfare and well-being of children worldwide.
International Children’s Day was officially adopted in 1950 and is celebrated on June 1. It conveys a message for child protection and improving the lives of children.
International Children’s Day is devoted to activities that promote and raise awareness of issues that affect children, such as child sex tourism, poverty, and education. Every country is allowed freedom to organize events, and usually, governments work together with organizations that specialize in fulfilling children’s needs and overcoming problems.
Below Parenting suggests 15 great gift ideas that you can use to surprise your kids on the upcoming International Childrens's Day!
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1. Piggy Bank
Gifting a piggy bank to your kid is a great idea, not only will it serve as a traditional gift but will also teach your kids how to save and use the money. You can show your kid how to put money inside the bank, accumulate it, and use it for his own benefit in the future. This will be a valuable gift for your child for Children’s Day.
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Gifting a fun picture book or a light storybook is also a great Children’s Day gift for preschoolers. Choose books with attractive pictures, fun characters, and a simple story. It can be a moral value story which your child can learn from. You can read the story to your child before bedtime the same day in fact! A good book can give your kid happiness for a long time.
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3. Box of Chocolates
Are you planning to gift milk chocolates to your kids on Children’s Day? Go ahead and buy it for them. If you are worried about the sugar, make sure to buy a smaller box tied with a pretty, colourful ribbon. Let your child indulge in sweets on this one day; you have the other days of the year to make sure he eats healthy!
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4. A Digital Cartoon Wrist Watch
This is a great gift for your kid if you are teaching him how to read the clock. He will feel proud with this Children’s Day gift as it can make him feel like a true ‘adult’ who can read time. Choose a watch which is made of a material which is not easily breakable and has your child’s favourite cartoon character on it. You can order it online, too.
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5. Princess Dolls
Every girl wants to be a princess. Well, at least to a certain age. Why not get your daughter a pretty princess doll for Children’s Day? It can be Elsa from Frozen or Cinderella or Rapunzel from Tangled. Princess dolls are guaranteed to make little girls shriek with joy.
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6. Video Games
Kids these days are quite tech-savvy than we were at their age. Video games can make a great Children’s Day gift if your child likes playing games. But make sure to set a limit to stop them from spending too much time on video games. You also need to protect your little one’s eyes so set rules at the same time while gifting them the video game.
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7. Potted Plant
This is a unique gift choice for your child, but worthwhile all the same. Find a cute potted plant and tie a bright ribbon around it. Add a card with an interesting fact about the plant. When you gift it to your child, take a few moments to explain how he should take care of it himself and give it water and sunshine as needed. Tell him the plant will be like his baby to look after. The responsibility assigned will make your child feel important and proud. And they will be ready to take responsibilities in the future as well.
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8. Magazine Subscriptions
Get your child a magazine, book, or comic subscription this Children’s day. You can take opt for monthly or weekly subscription. Your child will surely have something to look forward to every month. And receiving a mail addressed solely to him will also make him feel proud.
|Children enjoy cooking once in a while (Photo: Parenting)|
9. A Recipe
Children enjoy cooking once in a while. If your child likes to cook and try out new recipes, you can give him a special and unique gift, i.e., a recipe which he can try on his own easily. It would serve as a great DIY gift for Children’s Day. Gift him a recipe for a cake or cookies, buy all the ingredients, and keep it ready. Then ask him to bake and assist him if he needs help.
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10. Love Jars
This is an interesting gift among Children’s Day handmade gift ideas. Get a mason or a jam jar and tie a brightly coloured silk ribbon around it. You can also stick a nice photo of you and your child on the front. Fill the jar with notes of love and encouragement for your child, special memories you have shared with him, funny jokes, limericks, and so on. Tell your child that every morning, he can pick one of the notes to read for the day. The excitement will keep him happy all day!
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11. Fancy Costumes
Children look up to comic characters. It can be Spiderman or Princess Moana or even Doremon. Why not gift them their favourite person’s costume on Children’s Day? You can easily order it online, and your child will be extremely excited to dress up in his dream costume.
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12. Voucher Book
This is a simple gift, but you can prepare a decorated voucher book for your child this Children’s Day. Each voucher can be for a different activity your child can redeem from you, like for “a movie night”, “a bear hug” or “a piggyback ride” or even a “dance along marathon”. Keep it quirky and fun by keeping your child’s interests in mind. He will be eager to try those vouchers soon.
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13. Puzzles or Board Games
Children love to exercise their minds and think up strategies, so a puzzle or a board game will be a perfect Children’s Day gift. Try getting them Snakes and Ladders, Chess, Beginner’s Scrabble or a nice picture puzzle of their favourite character. You can even play these games with your child and have a great time together.
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14. A Black or Whiteboard
Kids love to draw or play ‘teacher-teacher’. Getting them a blackboard or a whiteboard for Children’s Day can be perfect for those activities. They don’t need to waste paper anymore for drawing, and it can also be a great teaching tool for you to use in the future.
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15. A Bicycle
Although this is a slightly bigger gift, it is perfect to make your child get out of the four walls of the house and participate in outdoor activities. You can teach him to ride a bicycle and you can have fun together while doing it! Initially use support wheels, once your child is able to balance on the cycle, you can remove the wheels.
Children’s Day is a special day for kids, but it is important to remember that you have to treat your child like every day with him or she is special. Give simple gifts like this every once in a while. After all, you don’t need a particular day to celebrate the love for your children!
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