Is your child crazy about animals? Use that love as a springboard for gift ideas when his birthday or another gift-giving occasion rolls around. The animal theme is actually very versatile and gives you plenty of gift options that will fit almost any child’s preferences.
Most kids have plenty of stuffed animals, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting another. These days, you can find furry toy versions of almost any animal. Zoo gift shops are a great spot to find unique or wild animals. The build-your-own stuffed animal stores also tend to have some unique options. If you go that route, consider a gift card so your child can choose and make the animal himself.
If your child has a heart for helping animals, consider adopting an animal. You don’t have to physically adopt a pet from a shelter. Most zoos have adopt-an-animal programs where you pay to support an animal at the zoo. Adopt the animal in your child’s name. Or buy some items from a local zoo’s wish list to help out the animals there.
Speaking of the zoo, if you have one nearby consider getting your animal-lover a zoo pass. Most passes are good for a full year and get the whole family in. You typically save a great deal of money if you go more than a few times in a year. You can also get free or discounted admission to other zoos with the reciprocal program that most zoos participate in.
Books about animals serve a dual purpose. They fit into the animal theme and encourage your child’s love of reading. Both fiction and non-fiction books can work. Look for a fiction book that has an animal as a character. Or go the non-fiction route with a book about your child’s favorite animal. You can also get a subscription to Ranger Rick or another kids’ magazine that focuses on nature and animals.
Head down the toy aisles to look for animal-themed items. You might find board games, puzzles and play sets that focus on animals. Look for a toy that appeals to your child’s play preferences and age.
Another option is to get your child clothes with an animal theme. You might get a t-shirt with his favorite animal on it. Or get her a zebra print pants. If she likes to dress up as an animal, look for a costume or mask.