Shoes make great gifts! Spend your gift dollars on a cool pair sneakers or trendy shoes that a kid can wear every day, instead of a pricey toy that he'll play with for a week, and then forget. Quality shoes make an especially nice gift for a child who's family may struggle to buy good shoes. Here's 5 tips for buying a child the gift 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 foot yourself. Click here for a general age/size chart; click here to find out how to measure kid's feet.
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 an easy topic to bring up, the kids won't suspect a thing.
3. Make sure returns are easy.
As careful as you may be, a shoe may not fit, or the style selection may not be on target. Make sure you purchase from either an on-line retailer with a no-return-fee policy for shipping and re-stocking, or from a retailer that's local and convenient to the parent who will need to make the return. If you 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 Stride Rite (store or .com), and Zappos.com.
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5. Take the child to a shoe store where he or shoe can pick out and try on the shoes. Then you can pay on the spot. This gift has double-value...it's free babysitting for mom or dad!
If you're bummed that the child won't be able to open up a gift box, put a card inside a saved shoe box, that says "Entitles you to One Pair of Shoes," and wrap it up.