Photo by "" on Flickr Q: Help! I’m shopping for kids of all ages this year for the holidays, and don’t know where to begin. What are your thoughts about the kinds of toys that are good for kids?
– Wrapped Up in Gifts in Ames, IA


Dear Wrapped Up,

Become your gift recipients’ holiday hero by keeping this word in mind: CHILD.

Creative: Think creatively about who the child is and what makes him or her truly happy. 

Homework: Do your homework on the nature, content, and age-appropriateness of gifts, especially media products, before buying.

Imagination: Provide a child’s growing mind with gifts to stimulate her imagination, creative growth, and development.

Learning: Look for gifts that encourage problem-solving, creativity, and positive social interaction.

Donate: Give the gift of giving.

(Read all of our tips on choosing great holiday gifts!)

Did the kids in your life provide wishlists?
Check out our recent science-based advice on the following toys, games, and media. 

Does your recipient want…

A cell phone?

Video games?

Questionable toys?

Laptops, MP3 players, etc?

Books or magazines?

Movies or videos?

New tunes?

Enjoy your media and use them wisely,
The Mediatrician® 

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