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Christmas wish tree: Hidden behind the desire for a gift card is a child’s wish to be independent

The highpoint of Christmas Eve arrives when the children are able to remove their presents from the wrapping paper and it turns out that the package contains that which they desired so very much. Even so, many children in many family homes are looking forward to receiving a gift card from Santa, with which they can select something suitable on their own. It’s a lot of fun to visit the store independently and make a purchase on one’s own!

The wish for a gift card is especially common among older children. This is quite logical, as they move about independently more often. All parents are probably aware of how much joy pocket money brings to a child, and the gift card for the right shop is something that can always be used. Many wish for gift cards in particular, since then they can go together on a fun shopping excursion to their favourite shop.
Twelve-year old Marit, from Tartu, is very independent and orientates herself quite well in the world of cosmetics. Not all cosmetic products are suitable for her, since she suffers from atopic dermatitis (eczema). In order to select the right face mask or cream for her sensitive skin, Marit is wishing for a Kaubamaja gift card from Santa.

Twelve-year-old Karina, who lives in Lääne Viru County, would like to make her Christmas wishes come true and is very much hoping to receive a Põhjakeskus gift card from Santa. In all likelihood, she will use the gift card to purchase jewellery and hair accessories, since a young girl can never have too many of these things.

Momentum to a hobby with the help of a gift card

In many cases, the desire to select an item that is needed for one’s hobby or training is behind the wish for a gift card. Thirteen-year-old Mihkel, who lives in Tartu, often goes on adventures with his support person. Mihkel especially enjoys winter hikes and stomping about in the snow. Since the boy is currently in the fastest growth phase, he could use a new pair of hiking clothes and boots. He would like to select them himself from Sportland, which is why he is looking forward in particular to a gift card from the sports retailer.

Sixteen-year-old Anna-Liisa would like to select a couple of things from Sportland for her hobby. The bright-eyed and active girl with Down syndrome frequently participates in the Estonian Special Olympics, in indoor field hockey and rhythmic gymnastics. With the help of gift cards she would purchase the most beautiful clothes for exercising, to stand out even more at events. Anna-Liisa is sending Santa a great big hug, since she is a girl who loves to give hugs.

Twenty-two-year-old Mehirt, who lives in Paide, is a capable photographer, since she has been active in the field for many years and is a member of a photography group. The field of photography is developing rapidly, and new accessories are not cheap. Whenever possible, Merit has spent her pocket money on acquiring new photography equipment, and a Photopoint gift card would also help her get some of the things she is looking for. She is asking for a gift card because she wants to choose suitable items, based on her needs, from the shop herself.

The best Christmas gift is one that brings joy and helps one to develop, providing a spark in the drive for discovery, challenging one’s knowledge, or teaching a new skill. The best gift we can give a child is if we take into consideration their wishes and understand the actual needs behind these wishes.

Sharing gifts on Christmas Eve is the highlight of the year for many children, but life goes on for 12 months of the year and dreams don’t end with Christmas. Why not give a gift to these children each month by becoming a permanent supporter of their hobbies? The support of a permanent donor is invaluable because children growing up in family homes want to take part in training and be engaged in hobbies all year round, just like the children who are growing up with their parents. As a permanent donor, you can give them a feeling of certainty, that they will be able to take part in their favourite activities now and in the future!

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