Whether you have kids of your own or not, chances are at some point during this holiday season you will find yourself in the toy isle shopping for a child's Christmas gift. The following is a guide to help you find the perfect gift that both the child and the child's parents will appreciate as you helplessly stare at the seemly endless array of colorful action figures, building blocks, Barbies, and sports equipment.

Avoid the following:

1. Loud Obnoxious Toys

That stuffed animal that says funny things when you pull it's string might seem cute in the department store, but imagine being a parent trapped inside of a small vehicle on a 3 hour road trip with with the tiny talking stuffed animal and a relentless string pulling child. Imagine being woken up at 4:00 in the morning when the child gets bored a night and picks up the loud toy.

In short, save the parents a world of headaches and just avoid loud obnoxious toys.

2. Toys With Lots Of Parts

Toys with lots of parts can be detrimental for many reasons. They usually require assembly with complicated instructions, meaning the construction job will fall on mommy and daddy. Also, the more elaborate the toy, the easier it is to break, and the easier it is to to lose important pieces.

3. Inappropriate Toys

For those buying toys for other people's children, remember to employ discretion. Some parents have rules against certain types of toys and will be quite upset if you get their children a gift that they've forbidden. Stay on the safe side and if there is any doubt go ahead an ask the parents.


That's our inappropriate gift list, but we know there are many others. What are you tips for child gift giving during the holiday season? Let us know in the comment section.