When it comes to gift giving, this means you can consider buying adult tools for kids in this age group—that is, the real deal, not Easy-Bake ovens or pretend sewing machines. When kids have their own set of tools, it can foster their desire to create and innovate, says Hilary Conklin, an associate professor at DePaul University’s College of Education. Plus, real tools will last longer than their toy counterparts, accompanying kids into high school and beyond. Take it a step further by signing kids up for classes, purchasing companion books, or personally helping kids learn the basic skills needed to become more proficient and independent in their hobbies. “They feel so empowered to be able to do something that’s more adult,” Conklin says. Most 9-year-olds are also deepening their friendships and spending more time socializing with other kids, so sports equipment and games that encourage group fun are often good choices as well.
We asked Conklin and other experts for their recommendations, and members of our staff added their suggestions for gifts that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. If you’re looking for more kids gift ideas, check out our guides to the best gifts for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 10-year-olds, as well as wonderful stocking stuffers for kids. And please share your own best ideas in the comments below.
source: NY Times – Wirecutter