They aren’t the first thing most kids would expect to find in their stocking this Christmas, but coins make for the perfect present for any child in need of a new hobby to help pass the long winter days. Though they don’t have to be pricey coins, the pieces can provide plenty of value when it comes to introducing the next generation to numismatics (and it’s certainly better than having your house overrun by more toys). Here are a few things to consider before you decide to drop a dime in your kid’s stocking this season.
Know their interests – Does the little one on your gift list have a passion for travel? Perhaps the State Quarters or National Parks Quarter series would be a good match to get their imagination spinning. Is there a kid in your family who has an affinity for history? Think about picking up a few Presidential Dollars to initiate a conversation about our nation’s greatest leaders. Whatever coins you pick up, make sure they fit with your child’s other interests to help hook them on the hobby from the start.
Invest in accouterments – While it may sound easy to buy a single coin for a child this Christmas, it may not do much on its own to boost their interest in the hobby. If you really want to get them hooked, pick up a few coin collecting supplies that will help them build off that single piece. Whether it’s through the process of filling coin folders or the pursuit of completing a State Quarters map, providing a child with a goal as part of the present is a sure way to keep them focused on their new pursuit.
Keep it low cost – There are plenty of coins that can be bought at a reasonable cost and I highly recommend keeping a dollar limit in mind when it comes to purchasing a piece as a present. In case you haven’t noticed, kids tend to have a reputation for losing things (my kids seem to lose Lego pieces every day). By keeping a budget in mind, you’ll not only ensure that the present stays within a given price range, but that you won’t have your heart (or wallet) broken if that coin should happen to go missing.