Written by: Kaleido
Struggling for Christmas gift ideas? Rather than running to the stores to find the perfect toy, why not invest in the future of your child, grandchild or niece or nephew? Unlike short-lived gifts, the present of contributing to a child's registered educational savings plan (RESP) increases in value over time!
According to a survey1 of Quebec families conducted by Kaleido, 34% of middle-class parents report spending between $250 and $500 per child for Christmas. The following are the most popular gift choices among respondents (young parents aged 18-34):
Why not have your creativity challenged and offer a unique gift to a child close to you? Here’s a top-ranking list of the most sought-after non-traditional gift choices: trips or family activities (1st place), contribution amounts in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) (2nd place) and pet animals (3rd place).
Close to 75% of the parents surveyed reported that they were keen to see their child receive RESP contributions from a family member for Christmas. This enthusiasm is most notable for young parents aged 18-34 (79%). This is understandable, since parents can hardly find a more fruitful gift; one in the form of an investment that will keep on growing. By saving in an RESP, the governments of Canada and Quebec invest with you; altogether, your child's education savings could be increased by up to $12,8002 in government grants.
An RESP for a child? You might think it seems too vague a gift. Your concern is comprehensible. But why not offer a more tangible and less expensive gift ― say, a toy ― and at the same time, invest the rest in an RESP? By doing so, not only you get to meet the child’s immediate expectations, but you will also get a chance to allow him as a student to achieve his dreams.
Some of the possibilities include purchasing a gift certificate applicable to a registered education savings plan offered by Kaleido or opening an RESP directly with this institution. Learn more by visiting kaleido.ca or by contacting our Customer Service department at 1 877-710-RESP (7377).
1.Online CROP survey conducted among 1,000 Canadians, using a web panel between September 12 and 17, 2012.
2.Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) of 20% to 40% and Quebec Education Savings Incentive (QESI) of 10% to 20%. Based on adjusted family net income. Maximum annual payments are $600 for the CESG and $300 for the QESI. Maximum lifetime payments per beneficiary are $7,200 for the CESG and $3,600 for the QESI. Canada Learning Bond (CLB) of up to $2,000 per beneficiary, for children born to financially eligible families after December 31, 2003. Certain conditions apply. See our prospectus at kaleido.ca.