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Way back when, pink was considered a ‘masculine,
strong and prominent’ colour and was used for boys, blue was a ‘gentle, muted
and creative’ colour and was reserved for girls. Over the past 50 years, these
representations have been reversed somewhat and nowadays pink is more ‘girly’
whereas blue is often more ‘boyish’. However when it comes to giving gifts, it
can put people in a bit of a rut.
“Will he like this? It’s a little pink? Does she
like blue dresses? It’s a bit masculine…for a dress” 

Gifts that are a
particular colour can often be misconstrued as for boys or for girls and when
dealing with a child, with an individual, this can be a one way ticket to the
title of ‘bad gift giver’. If your recipient doesn’t like flowers or prefers
butterflies to bats, they could get pretty upset if you give them something
they – in essence – don’t really want.
That is where gender neutral gifts and
decorations come in really handy. To use a few examples, both purple and green
are considered gender neutral colours as they contain some aspects of both
masculinity and femininity. They are safe colours and don’t make a lot of
assumptions about the child’s perceived hobbies and interests based on whether
they are a boy or a girl. Can decorations and gifts affect children in such a
massive way? You would be surprised. 

Reduced Stress on Kids

Some girls love Barbie dolls and getting their nails painted,
some boys also have an interest in looking nice or getting their nails painted.
Some boys like tinkering with cars and building tree-houses, some girls also
prefer a mud pie to a pink cupcake. Some kids don’t care about what others
thing of them, but when they are pressured into a certain colour, it can cause
unnecessary stress and doubt.

With gender neutral gifts, this helps put less
pressure on those children whose interests deviate from the current social
norm. They are able to appreciate the gift at its basest level without worrying
if it is too ‘manly’ or ‘girly’.

Perfect for Baby Showers

When a friend or relative is expecting a baby, there are
countless gifts you can give to help them along the way during the first few
months. Baby clothes are always desperately needed because of the intense
amount of growing children tend to do after they exit the womb. This is where gender
neutral gifts and clothing becomes infinitely useful, as you don’t even have to
know the gender of the baby before you start buying gifts and clothing in
preparation for the birth.

Some Children are Vocal, Others are Not

Some kids know exactly what they want, when they want it.
These ones are easy to buy gifts for; they spend half their time exclaiming
loudly what they like and what they are fond of. Other kids are less vocal
about what their likes and interests are, so it can be a bit difficult to decide
on a fitting gift.

This is where gender neutral gifts can also help
as it prevents you from creating a potential disaster with an unwanted gift, as
well as opening the child up to a new hobby or interest that they might not
have tried before. By playing it safe with gender neutral gifts, you can help
children become creative and open minded individuals who aren’t afraid to think
outside the box.

Remember, At the End of the Day it is Their

There has been a lot of controversy in the news over the past
couple of years about gender specific toys and the harms of raising children or
pushing children to act a certain way. At the end of the day, it is important
to allow your child the right to choose what they want as a gift. It is no use
pushing a child towards a certain interest or hobby, as a parent, if it is not
something that they have any genuine interest in, and it will ultimately just
make your child miserable.

Stay open minded about the choices your child
makes, but don’t try to sway their decision either way. Children know what they
like and they know what will make them happy, so long as they are in a safe and
sane environment and they are not garnering any bad habits, let them have their
time to explore and find their own interests in life. It is a part of creating
unique children who will make a big difference on the world, in a good way.
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