5 kids’ holiday gifts that keep on giving


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With the holidays approaching, thoughts of those bulging shopping lists are ever-present. But when shopping for children, finding a gift that lasts beyond the unwrapping afterglow can be daunting.

“There are ways to give gifts that aren’t ‘things’ that are tremendously meaningful to kids,” says Betsy Brown Braun, a child development and behavior specialist and author of “You’re Not the Boss of Me: Brat-Proofing Your 4- to 12-Year-Old Child.”

“I talk about having experiences with kids for the holiday,” says Braun. That could be helping children give their own gifts instead of just receiving them, like baking cranberry bread for the crossing guard or picking out toys to donate to a needy family. Braun also suggests family games or a treasure hunt during the holidays, so families can spend time together. “Reframe it so it doesn’t have to do with ‘give me,'” she says.

Unlike a toy that stops working when the battery runs out, here are children’s gifts that continue to give all year long.

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