My son has been slaving over his Christmas list for some time now. I don't know what specific things he's going to ask for, but I know the broad category of what I'll be buying. Keys. Lots of keys. Also fobs, those things with buttons that are built on some keys or hang free on a keychain. Smart keys and intelligent keys and plain old keys will all be on the list, which he'll give me in the form of a shopping cart for an online key-purchasing site he likes (KeylessRide, for those of you with similarly key-obsessed youngsters). It may seem strange to be giving a kid nothing but keys -- uncut keys, that don't open anything -- for his main big Christmas gift, but that's the way we roll. I learned long ago that the way to give gifts that my son truly enjoys and treasures all through the year is to cater to his obsessions as much as safely and economically possible. (No, he can't have the $300 key for some fancy car; no key is smart enough for that.) I do kind of miss the days when he was collecting receipts, or gift bags, or empty boxes. Keys are a little more of a strain on the budget, but the excitement he feels over them is worth it. If you're trying to come up with a can't-lose gift to put under the tree for your kid, don't overlook those quirky things he or she really digs. For more off-the-beaten-mall-aisle ideas, check these articles:
- "Six Simple Gifts for Your Child"
- "Finding the Perfect Gift for a Child With Special Needs"
- "Holiday Survival Kit: Shopping Survival"
Have you found a super present for your special kid? Share it on the Readers Respond page, or right here in the comments.
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