The supermarkets have tubs of chocolate on offer which means Christmas is around the corner and kids are already on Christmas list version 25! Last year the latest craze was a “hatchimal”, an egg that hatches for £60! But 10 months on and who is playing with it? Has it been left in the toy box, donated to a charity shop or is it at the tip?

Market research of a Mum’s group in Kent found that 65% of parents feel that their child gets too many toys that aren’t played with and don’t feel comfortable telling family and friends they’ve got enough stuff! Receiving toys is great on Christmas day but we have to ask ourselves; is that the best use of the money being spent?

91% of parents asked do weekly activities and hobbies with their children so what if you could ask for small contributions towards this rather than getting a hundred toys?

Swimming, music lessons, drama classes, rugby, football, horse riding; the litany of amazing activities on offer is endless these days but it all comes at price. Termly fees, monthly fees, one off fees, special badge fees. Parent of two has created a website that has the answer: can assuage the financial pressure upon parents to pay for these fantastic and useful activities whilst also providing a platform for great Children’s gifts.

Parents can create a wishlist of activities for the children, state a goal amount of money they would like to raise and send this to friends and family to contribute towards. There a lots of different activities listed but if you can’t find what you’re looking for you can request for a supplier to be added or send the money back to yourself to pay suppliers directly. The site has been designed for parents with children from newborns to teenagers. Potentially solving the issue of getting 4 comforters for a baby shower gift!

I haver to say the best present we got for our daughters Christening was money towards the photographer. We now have some truly amazing pictures which captured the day perfectly and we will treasure forever. Research has shown that 70% of parents don’t feel comfortable asking for money towards activities and time even though 74% of parents feel that this could be a much better use of friends and family’s generosity. Gift Time For Kids helps to overcome that apparent social faux pas of asking for money by showing friends and family what little ones want to do. Contributors don’t even need to buy big, unlike other experience websites, Gift Time For Kids is catering for those who have a budget of just £5.

Not only can this website helping parents but if you don’t have children or your children are a completely different age, you may find yourself in the toy isle saying “what does a 10 year old boy want”? Contributing to a wishlist will allow the person to give any amount from £5, leave a message and see what their money is going towards. Gift Time For Kids even has plans to set a up thank you cards to all contributors, showing a picture of the birthday boy or girls enjoying their activity so it can help relieve parents of that new wave of politeness that is “thank you cards”.

I’d advise you to check out this Christmas and plan your little ones activities for the new year without the dread of invoice after your funds have suffered the December detox.

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Create your child's Wishlist of activities on our website and ask your friends and family to contribute. Gift time, not toys.