Music is the language of the soul

3 Non-Toy Gifts That Keep On Giving

Do your kids have way too many toys, or are you searching for a gift for the child who has everything? It's frustrating to spend your hard-earned cash on an expensive toy that may get played with once or twice and then shoved in a cupboard, but there are alternatives. You could buy a one-time experience gift such as tickets to the cinema or mini golf, but wouldn't it be better to give a meaningful gift that keeps on giving? Here are three suggestions:

Music Lessons

The gift of music lessons extends much further than learning to play an instrument. Yes, the child will learn a new skill that will last and can be built on, but music lessons also teach creativity and build confidence. Additionally, research has shown that music lessons can also improve a child's performance at school and their cognitive functioning.

Children as young as three can begin to learn most instruments including violin and piano. A child may have already expressed an interest in a particular instrument such as the drums or guitar, but don't have their own instrument to practice with. Some teachers have instruments that can be hired for very little, or you can find companies such as Rock 'N Roll High to help you. If the child enjoys the lessons you know that buying them their chosen instrument for their next birthday or Christmas will be money well spent.

Museum Or Aquarium Season Ticket

A season ticket to an aquarium or museum is a great way to stave off boredom during the holidays, but it's also an educational gift. Most museums and aquariums have talks, tours and events throughout the year that members have access to, so young kids may be invited to an aquatic-themed art and crafts class and older kids may be invited to hear a talk given by a zoologist.

Kids will normally need to be accompanied by an adult, so this could be a great way for you to spend some more quality time with them.

Magazine Subscription

Kids love getting mail addressed to them, and a magazine subscription means they'll get something in the post every month. How exciting! There's no shortage of magazines to choose from, so you're bound to find something that your child will enjoy. Consider magazines that come with age-appropriate craft projects for younger children or those that cover current affairs or sport for older children.