5 Tips for Buying Kid's Shoes for Gifts
Shoes make great gifts! A cool pair of sneakers will get shown off every day, instead of a pricey toy that a kid will play with for a week and then forget. Quality shoes make an especially nice gift for a family who may struggle to buy good shoes. Here's 5 tips for buying a child a pair of shoes:
1. FIND OUT THE KID'S SIZE
Ask the parent or caregiver for the child's shoe size. Or if you need to, measure the child's feet yourself (learn how by clicking here). Click here for a general shoe size chart.
2. DO SOME STYLE SLEUTHING
Talk to family, friends or directly to the kid to find out what shoes or styles he or she is interested in. Since shoes are such a common topic, the kid won't suspect a thing.
3. MAKE SURE RETURNS ARE EASY
As careful as you may be the size or style selection may not be on target. Make sure you purchase from an on-line retailer with a no-fe return shipping policy, or from a retailer that's local and convenient for returns. If your purchase from a store, request a gift receipt and include in the box.
4. BUY A GIFT CARD FROM A QUALITY SHOE RETAILER.
Whether you choose an e-commerce retailer, or a brick and mortar store, a gift card from a reputable shoe retailer ensures that your recipient will get quality shoes that fit, even if they have to run an errand with mom or dad to get them. My favorites are Zappos.com or Stride Rite.com.
5. TAKE THE CHILD TO A SHOE STORE WHERE HE OR SHE CAN PICK OUT AND TRY ON SHOES. THIS GIFT DELIVERS TRIPLE VALUE: FREE BABYSITTING FOR PARENTS; QUALITY TIME WITH THE CHILD; THE SHOES.
If you're bummed that the child won't be able to open up a gift box, put a card inside a recycled shoe box with a card inside that says, "Good for an afternoon date to pick out a pair of shoes."