Christmas season is around the corner, and mall parking lots are already filling with hundreds of shoppers looking for the perfect holiday gift for their spouses, parents, siblings and kiddos. Every year shoppers across the country stress over finding the ideal present that their loved one will enjoy. We scour isle after isle looking at the thousands of possibilities and wondering which one is the right choice to put a smile of their face.

There is no denying that Christmas shopping can be overwhelming at times. Between fighting off fellow shoppers on Black Friday and getting to the store before this year’s newest toy sells out, Christmas comes with many sources of stress. But luckily, finding the perfect holiday gift doesn’t have to be one of them with Part 2 of the Malley’s 3-part Holiday Gift Giving Guide. So, if you’re looking for that perfect gift for the kid in your life, you’ve come to the right place!

Looking for your man? Check out part-1 of our guide, Gifts for Him.

From Toys to Traditions – Creating the Perfect Christmas Gift for Kids

It’s no secret that kids grow up and, as they age, their interests change. Keeping up with your kid’s ever-changing clothing sizes, hobbies, likes and dislikes, and the newest children’s fad can be difficult for any parent. One day Silly Bands are the newest craze and the next day Hatchimals have taken over. But no need to stress!

Here are a few fun tips and gift ideas to ensure your kid wakes up on Christmas morning with a smile:

Create Memories Not Materials
Rather than buying the latest toy this year just so you can throw it in the garage sale box before next Christmas, try finding an activity for you and your kid. Maybe it’s tickets to their favorite team’s hockey game, a trip to an amusement park or remodeling their childhood room to fit their growing personality. There are plenty of options to avoid buying more toys this year. Besides, the excitement of a toy is temporary, but the memory of a moment can last a lifetime!

Build traditions
Every year your kid ages is another year they get closer to losing the magic and wonder that the Christmas season can bring. Whether it be the long nights trying to stay awake just to get a glimpse of Santa, or the half drank glass of milk and cookie crumbs left behind in the morning, the magic is in the mystery. However, after a while it seems the only part of Christmas a kid begins to care about is how many presents they get and how many days are left until they can hastily unwrap each one.

Think of your own childhood growing up. Is it the presents you remember or the moments that surround them? Some of the best parts about Christmas come from the traditions you share with your family, not the presents you give and get. Whether it’s finding the perfect Christmas tree to cut down and finally passing the saw to your son or watching “A Christmas Story” on repeat as you bake Santa’s cookies, the traditions are the gifts that stay with you from your family to the start of theirs.

Feed Their Passions
Does your daughter love outer space? Does your son live for art? Finding the perfect gift doesn’t have to mean visiting the closest Walmart toy isle for Barbie’s and Footballs. Buy your daughter a telescope or books about constellations. Find your son an art class or get him an easel and brush set. Investing in your child’s interests can inspire them to pursue their dreams and give them the faith that you are there to support them on their journey.

Indulge in the Sweet Stuff
All year you do your best to help your children eat healthy, avoid the soda and watch the sweets. But they don’t say it’s the holiday season for nothing. Stuff the stockings with some sugary sweets and don’t forget the chocolate!

  • Chocolate & Peanut Butter Buckeyes – There is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter, except for Malley’s Ohio Buckeyes stuffed inside a Christmas stocking.
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels – If you are looking for a little extra crunch, Malley’s Chocolate Covered Pretzels are the perfect gift to fill your kid’s stocking and stomach this holiday season.
  • Chocolate Bars – Loaded with a crisped rice, Malley’s delicious Chocolate Crunch Bars are an easy stocking stuffer for the whole family.

With all these new ideas it’s time to get started planning out the perfect Christmas gift for your kid. Merry Christmas from the Malley’s family to yours and look out for the next part of our Gift Giving Guide series, Gifts for Her.