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‘Tis the Season: Holiday Shopping for the Gifted

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Wondering what to get gifted children and young adults in your life this holiday season? As with many, finding the right gift can be difficult. While we are not in the business of providing endorsements for specific toy or other companies, a few general observations here might prove helpful.

Curiosity is one of the most essential elements of the holiday season. We are curious as to what gifts we might receive. We are curious which presents are the best to give our loved ones and friends. We are curious what interesting developments might occur in the new year and for how long we can stay true to our resolutions.

As I’m sure you know, gifted people are often naturally very curious, so items that help foster this curiosity can be a real hit. Books, music, puzzles that involve creative solutions, and items that inspire kids to engage in authentic, problem-solving activities can really strike a chord at this time of year. Presents that stand apart from the most popular gifts of the season are often the most appreciated. Frequently, gifted individuals are just that – highly individual – and remembering this when selecting a gift can prove valuable.

Recognizing this individual aspect, some families eschew traditional gift-giving and instead opt to travel together, donate to charities, volunteer to help those less fortunate than many during the holiday season, or otherwise take part in interesting family activities. There are a host of humanitarian activities that you may want to consider at this time of giving. One excellent resource to explore such opportunities is located on Hoagie’s Gifted Education website at

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate this part of the year, we at NSGT and SIG wish you all the best for the remainder of 2014 and a great start to 2015. Thank you for all you do, and particularly for all the support you provide to help us offer high-quality programs for all the wonderful gifted individuals we encounter each year.

All the best,

Kevin Wickersham
Academic Director, Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)
National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)

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