Holiday Gifts For Kids: Vacations Are Better Than Toys, Experts Say.
Remember this the next time you're thinking of a gift for your children.
It's the holidays again. If you've been too busy at work and are now stressing over holiday gifts for kids, you can relax. According to experts, gifting your kids experiences and bonding time rather than things might be better for their soul (and mind!).
Holiday Gifts For Kids And A 2017 Survey
In a recently resurfaced 2017 study published in The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; researchers surveyed close to 500 women between 18 and 93 years old. They asked them to answer the question, "Most people feel loved when … " And the most popular answers had nothing to do with receiving a tangible item.
"Our research found that micro-moments of positivity, like a kind word, cuddling with a child or receiving compassion make people feel most loved," said one of the study's authors. Dr. Zita Oravecz, a human development and family studies professor at Pennsylvania State University spoke with media outlets.
In a 2017 conversation with U.K. outlet The Telegraph, psychological author Oliver James pointed out: "Give a 2-year-old a present and she’ll get absorbed in the box instead."
"It's similar with children and travel. We should let them explore their own ways of finding wonder in their surroundings," James advised.
Many don't know that vacations can also improve your child's brain development. This is because on a family [vacation], you are exercising two genetically ingrained systems deep in the brain's limbic area; which can all too easily be 'unexercised' in the home.
In the brain, there's what is called the PLAY system and the SEEKING system. You exercise the PLAY system every time you bury your child’s feet in the sand; tickle them on the pool lounger, or take them for a ride on your back. And you exercise the SEEKING system each time you go exploring together: the forest, the beach, a hidden gem of a village.
The Importance Of Vacations To Child Development
When you take your child on a [vacation], you are supporting their explorative urge (SEEKING system); a vital resource for living life well, and their capacity to play (PLAY system). In adulthood, this is the ability to play with ideas.
Here are some of the benefits of vacations:
- vacations remove us from the daily pressures of everyday life where everyone's focused on meeting targets.
- they are a crucial human experience, for children especially, but for adults too.
- Children see the world differently, and details of a vacation will add to their learning experience
- these experiences will stay with the child for a long time, and add to their intelligence.
3 Kid-Friendly Vacation Locations That Are Great Holiday Gifts For Kids
A family travelling with small children will battle to beat Mauritius as a holiday destination. Easy to reach, safe and friendly and usually bathed in sunshine, this Indian Ocean island has hosted happy families for decades. Since it is free of both malaria and big game, it is the perfect place for families with kids to visit.
Our recommended getaways are to Sugar Beach or La Pirogue. Not only do these resorts have picturesque surroundings and perfect swimming beaches; but they offer extensive entertainment and activity programmes for kids as young as two years old.
The Sun Kids programme, for example, features arts and crafts, mini golf, tennis, and swimming and snorkelling, all closely supervised by dedicated staff. This means that mom and dad get to enjoy some well-earned downtime on the beach or in the spa; while their children are making new friends and having an absolute ball.
Kenya is an East African jewel with an amazing cross-section of urban, rural, remote and metropolis vacation options. One of the most culturally immersive experiences for adults and kids alike is exploring traditions of the Maasai people: a nomadic people in southern Kenya known for their customs and dressing. And of course, going on a safari is a must while in Kenya.
The Giraffe Manor is not just a great place to stay but a destination in and of itself. Picture your family walking to the hotel breakfast area, only to see a giraffe peeking its head through the window! These are just some of the one of a kind moments your family can enjoy at the Giraffe Manor.
When looking for a vacation in Africa that your kids will never forget, Tanzania is a great choice. This country is known for its wilderness: from the plains of the Serengeti to the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro; Africa’s highest mountain. Families can get ready for a safari like none other when visiting its vast game reserves.
Within one of Tanzania’s famed game reserves is the Four Seasons Serengeti. With a complimentary kids club, this hotel will make cherished memories for the entire family. Private, all-inclusive rooms including suites and villas and full educational programs for adults and children; they provide an upscale, comprehensive package that will leave you feeling like an expert on safaris and their place in this wonderful environment.