The holiday seasons is in full sway now that the stores have already started stocking up for Halloween, and some have already got a few items out for Thanksgiving as well. When you have kids, prepping early on for things like travel and gifting can make it much easier on you.
As far as Halloween goes your main focus is going to have a safe costume for your child to wear and knowing a safe area where they can trick or treat. Some businesses do trick or treating, and sometimes you can find churches and other places doing trunk or treat events to let your kids get candy without the need for roaming the streets.
But once this fall holiday is over it’s time to think about traveling and family get-togethers. It’s also time to start considering the right gifts for the little ones in your lives. Here are some tips for getting a jump start on all that holiday hooplah.
Start Shopping Early
If you have school aged little ones, now that the kids are back in school it’s a great time to start your holiday shopping. This gives you a chance to go to the stores without them. However, you may also want to hold off so you can get some bargain deals on the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday.
What should you buy for your kids? Pick educational and fun toys when you can , especially in the early learning stages. You could take some time to do some research on the most popular toys for children of different ages, and if your child is old enough to make some gift requests or write a wish list, let them.
The older your children are the more say you can allow them to have in their wish list for holiday gifts. By the teenage years you might even be able to get away with gift cards from their favorite stores, so they can just go buy themselves whatever they’d like.
Make Your Traveling Plans Ahead Of Time
Traveling with young ones can sometimes be a chore. Make sure you pack things to keep them busy, like a favorite toy or a book. The littler they are the more they are going to need something to distract them and help keep them happy, whether you’re driving or flying.
You should book flights and rental cars ahead of time as well. Holiday time can be a busy one for airports and all other types of travel agencies. If you don’t want to be stuck at home for the holidays you need to be ahead of the game. Doing a little research will help you find out when the best time to book is for the best prices for holiday travel.