Written by: Kaleido
Parents estimate that each of their kids will get about $500 worth of presents this festive season. When you consider the contributions of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, godparents, and friends, it adds up to a tidy sum when you think of it. What would parents like their kids to get with all that? We asked 1,000 Quebecers.
Fully 65% parents surveyed said they’d be delighted if their kids got a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) as a gift this year. Sure, it doesn’t have quite the same under-the-tree appeal, but there are ways of making it more exciting.
If your daughter is really keen on aviation, for example, you could get her that model airplane she’s been pestering you about, then wrap it up together with an RESP gift certificate. You’d explain to her of course how the money could help her fulfil her dream of becoming a pilot, by paying (part of) her way through flight school. It’s the season of dreams, after all!
Many parents also said they’d like to make the holiday season a time of rejoicing and “quality time.” Many respondents would like to receive family activities as gifts from their loved ones, or contributions to a family trip, rather than just “gifts for gifts sake.” The frantic pace of life today is making quality time with the kids harder and harder to find. Parents say that what they wish for most of all is to create those special times and memories.
What do you think? What do wish for your kids this Christmas?