The trekking season is in full swing, and you are probably racking your brains. What would be so useful and, of course, fascinating to please the children? If you read this text, you have no doubts about the benefits of hiking - both gay and extremely serious - you do not have a drop. But what to give, what will be both in joy and in favor? We will help you decide. We are experts :)
I'm already an adult, and I understand what children want. Here is my first authoritative advice: remember, these should be gifts, not just necessary, but trivial. Do not be tempted by the desire to buy underwear or thermal underwear. To receive a gift of clothes is darkness and horror until you are 30.
In addition to a list of excellent ideas, I also gave specific examples of things that, in my opinion, are like children. I also rummaged through the mountains of slag and found real diamonds there - but you do not have to buy exactly what I'm offering. Children can be of inappropriate age (I did not want to make an endless universal list of 132 items) or just do not appreciate these cool things. And these things are cool.
A flashlight is one of the best items for a child (and anyone). They are damned and can increase their level because of walking. In the dark, you can not, but you can also lose and still get hurt. The flashlight is necessary for the campaign but also useful in everyday use. However, the big problem is sitting batteries. Which lights will be the best?
The obvious choice here is Fenix LD11. I had at least a million such lanterns - and there will be more than one. They are super-sturdy, mega-bright, and hyper-cool in appearance. Its brightness can be increased by using lithium batteries. Yes, I almost forgot: it costs less than 3000 rubles. They also work from one AA battery, are sold everywhere, and can be stocked. I use batteries for all my devices and charge them with a solar battery. The lantern is the best universal gift for almost anyone in the world.
And one more piece of advice from personal experience - before you give the child a lantern, tie a bright orange paracord wood cloth. Using the lamp and looking for it will be much easier.
Another option that the children will enjoy very much and will be extremely useful to them is the headlamp. I always take such a flashlight on airsoft games or just camping, and it's much more convenient than slobbering a regular flashlight while trying to do something. One of the best lanterns here is Fenix HL23. It also works on a common AA-type power supply, has a full metal casing, and is waterproof.
2. Fishing Rod:
In order not to disappear in extreme conditions, it makes sense to teach children to use dental floss and the simplest fishing hook, but this can be too long. Get them real bait, teach them to use it, and only then concentrate on doing something from nothing.
I would give them a small, high-quality fishing rod, not a lurid Hello Kitty thing (I'm ready to take it back if you have Extreme Hello Kitty gear!). Toy fishing rods are too easy to break. But if your child is too young to fish for real, buy him a toy (for example, Big catch), and let it sit next to you while you drown the worms. Otherwise, buy him a real fishing rod.
One of the best in this category is called Fish2Go. It is very small and foldable, but you may want this. This is a good fishing rod for everyone, not just for children.
Yes, yes, I can hear your indignant voices. And nevertheless, the slingshot is a gift that will get remembered for life. In my bag is a slingshot, and it's stored in the handle, so you will not lose your ammunition.
I chose this slingshot because it is qualitative, cheap, light, and can shoot small stones when the "ammunition" is over.
Children's binoculars are a controversial option for an extreme hike because a useful binocular should be quality. But how do children love to use this thing in the forest? They will play for hours if you take them to play treasure hunting or something like that.
If you put them on bird watching - and do not write at all. I have no specific proposals here because everything depends on your budget and wishes for the device's usefulness. Just read the reviews of binoculars.
5. Notepad And Pen:
These children are not particularly enthralled but will be useful. Situational awareness is a useful skill of the "survivor." You can play, record the sighted species of plants, and birds, draw a map of the campsite, yes, anything. A notepad can also contain important information such as your contact information, the coordinates of your camp, etc. In an emergency, this can help, even if the child does not understand the records without help.
6. The Fire:
One of those things that children love very much - especially if you teach them to build a fire with it. It somehow responds especially to children when you carve sparks, and it's just, damn, fascinating.
Compass is another important item of camping gear that children like. Just do not rush to buy tiny, cheap compasses. They suck. If you do not believe it, just put them in a row and see where they will show.
Good quality compasses are on sale, but you do not have to ruin an advanced tactical compass with a magnifying lens unless your child is an inveterate militarist like my son or if he wants to learn to navigate the terrain. Compass is much cheaper, but nothing worse. True, it is more difficult to determine the azimuth, so it all depends on how many survival skills in the wild you want to instill in your child.
If your nerves are strong and you do not clink or whistle the house, buy it. I use this one: Fenix NW20. It's easy to whistle. It's on a cors comfortable to wear around its neck) - and it's deafeningly loud.
9. Lantern on a clothes clip/fastener:
Kids love flashlights, but this one will like you great chances. Sitting at night by the fire makes it easy to look at the ancient magic of burning fire and lose your night vision. This means that as soon as the playing children go outside the lighting from the fire, you will lose them from the view.
By fastening something luminous to them, you will see them and the starry sky because powerful searchlights and lights will not get needed for lighting. Very convenient lanterns type Fenix CL05 or Fenix HL05: they are compact, they work dozens of hours in a row, and they can easily get fastened to important things such as backpacks or the entrance to the tent.
10. Camping Lamp:
Hand lanterns are indispensable for walking, but a hanging camping lamp is much more convenient in a tent. The problem is that most "long-playing" players are bulky and heavy due to large batteries. A successful model here is the all-season Fenix CL20. 6 modes of light, powered by AA batteries (or lithium CR123A), a built-in magnet, small size ... perfect, in short, a luminary.
The clock not only shows the time and, I also want to believe, does not get out of the schedule. In addition to the presence on the arm of the watch can discipline the child, they are also an extremely useful device in extreme conditions. Something like Timex Expedition- an inexpensive and high-quality option with a dial light at night and the ability to determine the north during the day.
Children love walkie-talkies. In addition, walkie-talkies will be useful when you need to be in touch if your camp is far from the restroom (as it should be) or if you are standing with a family or friends with several tents, even separate camps. Spending a lot of money on this is not necessary.
If your children are no longer, buy a few radio stations Baofeng UV-5R. It may be difficult to understand them so children may need your help. Plus, they can get used not only for radio communication with family members but also for catching amateur radio frequencies and even tuning in to the frequency of stations transmitting current weather forecasts. If you want something simpler, even if not as functional, take a set of FRS / GMRS radios - for example, Motorola TLKR-T50. Coffee, he will not brew you, but you will surely be able to talk.
You already know that children love backpacks. And the choice of a backpack entirely depends on your particular child's tastes and physical data. Read themed articles on the ergonomics of the backpack and the selection method. Choosing the right backpack for the figure and endurance is important so as correct to spoil the child's back. Do not skimp on a backpack if you have to walk with it long.
This is an omission if your children do not have their tent. It's not only convenient for hikes, starting at a certain age. A tent can be put in the yard of your house or even in the next room and sleep there or arrange stunning games. The main thing is that the tent should be stable. Otherwise, you are tortured every time to raise it from the ruins.
I gave my son a tent, Salewa Micra, 212x120cm; it is placed together with toys and things. It's just put, but it's relatively expensive. Similar tents from the Canadian Camper or Indiana are more affordable in price and comparable in quality. With such a gift, you will not lose; the tent is a real fortress.
A knife is a golden dream for children and then a nightmarish scarecrow for their mothers. Nevertheless, it is one of the most useful things on the hike. In my childhood, the traditional dream of all the boys was the Victorinox Swiss folding knife.
But modern children know that a knife can be steeper than a multi-stem - the same knife but also with screwdrivers, pliers, openers, etc. Here, for example, are several basic multi-tools like a child: Leatherman Freestyle, Leatherman Kick, or the popular Leatherman Skele-tool.
16. Paracord Bracelet:
One more elementary gift. There are wide varieties of bracelets, but not all will do. Choose one that is adjustable in length with a buckle.
If you have at least a hand from the right place, you can make a bracelet from the paracord yourself. For example, this:
17. The Spoon Fork:
I do not like spoon forks, but the children are delighted with them. And if so, then such a gift will be happy. I do not like options with a fork and a spoon on one side.
Fortunately, there are options with a fork and a spoon from different sides. I recommend Fire-Maple FMT-T23 because it is practically non-destructible, but the manufacturer also makes high-quality products from stainless steel.
18. A Unique Set Of Dishes:
Children love to eat their dishes. I have a couple of Fossils bowls: they do not weigh or take up the backpack's volume. But they are difficult to find in our stores. Therefore, as a gift to the child, I would propose a Solari's kit with the strange name "Shift method" or Track "Bend" because they have everything you need at once.
The last thing you want is for children to freeze their fingers or shiver from the cold at night. A hand warmer is a great way out for cold weather, and you do not need one that works for fuel. In the market, thermoActive hot water bottles start working immediately after opening the package and keep the heat for 5-10 hours. At us, they have the name Self-heating and exist not only in a manual variant but also as insoles for footwear.
20. Books About Hikes:
Of course, you want the children not to miss the trip. And, of course, it would be great if they were engaged in something quiet that did not prevent them from resting. And since you are not only an adult but also a responsible person, you could help them to know the world - and the book can be the best solution.
Which book to take depends on the child's age and what you want to teach him.
Games Gifting Ideas
Video Games for Kids
Video games are always a hit with children, and they come in a wide variety of genres and styles, making it easy to find one that appeals to your child's interests. Poki games are an excellent choice for kids who love to play games online. Poki has a vast collection of games that cater to children of all ages, including puzzle games, racing games, adventure games, and more.
Consider a video game console if you want a more traditional gaming experience. Some popular video game consoles for kids include the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 5. Both consoles have an impressive library of games perfect for children, including classic games like Mario and Zelda.
Yandex Games is another great option for kids who love video games. Yandex Games is a platform that hosts thousands of games, including action games, strategy games, and more. The platform is easy to use and has games suitable for children of all ages.
Video Game Trivia for Kids
If your child is a fan of video games, then video game trivia is an excellent gift choice. Video game trivia games are a fun way for kids to learn about their favorite games while also testing their knowledge. Trivia games like "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Video Game Edition" and "Video Game Jeopardy" are great options that are sure to provide hours of entertainment.
Drawing Games for Kids
Drawing games are an excellent gift for children who love creativity. Drawing games like Pictionary and Drawful 2 are perfect for kids who love to draw and want to challenge their friends to a game. These games are easy to play and provide hours of fun.
Camping Games for Kids
Camping games are an excellent gift if your child loves the great outdoors. Camping games like "Camp Talk" and "Scavenger Hunt for Kids" are perfect for kids who love to explore and want to have fun while camping. These games are easy to play and provide hours of entertainment.
Handheld Video Games for Kids
Handheld video games are a great gift choice for kids who love to play games on the go. Handheld gaming consoles like the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita are perfect for kids who want to take their gaming with them wherever they go. These consoles have a vast library of games, including classic titles like Mario and Pokemon.
Educational Video Games for Kids
Educational video games are an excellent way for kids to learn while having fun. Educational games like "Math Blaster" and "Reading Eggs" teach kids important skills like math and reading while providing a fun gaming experience.
Toys Gift Ideas
Toy Cars for Kids
Toy cars are a classic gift choice for kids, and they come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. From remote-controlled cars to die-cast cars, there is something for every child's interest. Some popular toy car brands include Hot Wheels and Matchbox.
Pool Toys for Kids
Pool toys are a great gift for kids who love swimming and playing in the pool. Pool toys like inflatable rafts and water guns provide hours of fun and entertainment for kids of all ages.
Toy Chest for Kids
A toy chest is a great gift choice for kids with many toys but nowhere to store them. Toy chests come in a variety of sizes and styles, making it easy to find one that fits your child's room and decor. Some toy chests even come with built-in organizers to help keep toys neat and tidy.
Water Toys for Kids
Water toys are a fun way for kids to stay cool during hot summer days. Water toys like water balloons and squirt guns are great for outdoor play, while pool toys like diving sticks and floating toys provide entertainment while swimming.
Robot Toys for Kids
Robot toys are an excellent choice for kids who love technology and robotics. Many different types of robot toys are available, including programmable and remote-controlled robots. Some popular robot toy brands include Sphero and WowWee.
Beach Toys for Kids
Beach toys are a great gift for kids who love playing in the sand and surfing. Beach toys like sandcastle kits and beach balls provide hours of entertainment while at the beach or by the pool.
Magnet Toys for Kids
Magnet toys are a great way for kids to learn about science and engineering while having fun. Magnet toys like magnetic building sets and magnetic marble runs help teach kids about magnetism and how it works.
Building Toys for Kids
Building toys like blocks and Lego sets is a great way for kids to use their imaginations and creativity while developing fine motor skills. Building toys come in a variety of sizes and styles, making it easy to find one that suits your child's age and interests.
Pokemon Toys for Kids
Pokemon toys are a great choice for kids who love the Pokemon franchise. Many types of Pokemon toys are available, including action figures, plushies, and trading card games.
Sand Toys for Kids
Sand toys like shovels and buckets are a classic gift for kids who love playing in the sand. Sand toys come in a variety of sizes and styles, making it easy to find one that fits your child's interests and needs.
Toy Guns for Kids
Toy guns are a fun way for kids to play and imagine themselves as their favorite characters. Toy guns come in a variety of styles, including Nerf guns and water guns, providing hours of entertainment for kids of all ages.
Farm Toys for Kids
Farm toys are great for kids who love animals and farm life. Farm toys like playsets and tractor sets provide hours of imaginative play and help teach kids about farm animals and their habitats.
Chew Toys for Kids
Chew toys are a great gift choice for teething infants and toddlers. Chew toys come in a variety of styles, including teethers and silicone toys, providing relief for sore gums while also being safe for young children.
Dragon Toys for Kids
Dragon toys are a great choice for kids who love fantasy and mythology. Dragon toys come in a variety of sizes and styles, including plushies and action figures, providing hours of imaginative play.
Hamster Toys for Kids
Hamster toys are a great gift choice for kids who love small animals like hamsters and guinea pigs. Hamster toys like tunnels and exercise wheels provide hours of entertainment for pet hamsters while also being fun to play with for kids.
Monster Truck Toys for Kids
Monster truck toys are a great gift choice for kids who love big, powerful vehicles. Monster truck toys come in a variety of sizes and styles, including remote-controlled trucks and playsets, providing hours of entertainment and imaginative play.
Space Toys for Kids
Space toys are great for kids who love outer space and astronomy. Space toys like model rockets and telescopes provide kids an educational and entertaining experience while sparking their curiosity and imagination.
In conclusion, when choosing a gift for a child, it's important to consider their interests, age range, and safety. The gifts mentioned in this blog, such as video games, toys, and outdoor activities, provide a variety of options for children of different ages and interests. However, remember that spending time with a child is often the best gift you can give, and it's important to create memories and build a strong relationship with the child.