The Most Sensible Gift for the Kid Who Has Everything

Now here’s one dilemma I’m absolutely, undoubtedly, 110% certain that I’m not alone in. Let’s rewind some good 20-odd years, shall we? The year was 1991. My parents were hosting my 8th birthday party. It was 2nd (known) time throwing me a birthday party, and this introvert was thrilled. Cos parties = presents, right? Till today, that thrill of opening presents from that birthday party lingers. A sliver of thrill. That jolt down my spine. Kids of these days, tsk tsk. 🤣In hindsight, I suppose it now makes sense why the baby boomers generation made similar comments directed at my generation.

For some years, I adopted the strategy most of my friends used. I’d ask the parent/s of the child if there was something the child wanted/needed which I could gift. It seemed like a win-win situation, till recent. As these children grew, so did the price tag of their desires. Soon I (and many parents I know) began to realise that what our kids needed were:

  • a constant reminder of reality

  • a grounding tool that would aide them to regularly touch base with their inner self

  • something that would help them strike a sense of balance between what’s becoming of the world & good ol’ values

Did you know? Values are simply what we build out of our understanding of the world. Experiences and memories shape these values later define our lives. They mould our identity, our comfort zone, and are our hiding place when the world gets overwhelming.

As children, many of us were offered opportunities and time to interact with the real world. Which now as adults, has enabled us to voice our thoughts, opinions, and evolve & adapt as we grow. Are we offering our children these opportunities? Pressure and demand has it that children are constantly engaged. It’s not just us. Many children struggle with the concept of idling. How do we then provide them with opportunities to be in touch with their inner self? To develop their individuality, and not be a cookie-cutter child who attends classes, plays structured games, and is in this rat race of life.

Here’s where I’m stealing a line from my past.

“Slow and steady wins the race.”

You ease them out of the race mentality.

You start slow.

You ask for just 1 minute. 60 seconds.

You work your way up to 5 minutes a day.

I believe the miracles of life stem from the power of our minds. The collaborative power of the many different types of thinking, beliefs and ideas - which produce this astonishing experience we call life.

So if you’re looking to gift a child this year. Please gift them the most sensible gift of all. A tool to self-realisation.

KidsAnn ThomasRevel