Unusual present idea: buy a youngster a life skill

A gift that doesn't have instant 'wow' factor but is a total 'wow'!

by Carol Muskoron

Kids will get a lot of presents this Christmas - computer games, consoles, games, maybe the odd book or stuffed toy. And there's nothing wrong with all that but if you want to put something a bit different in the stocking that is seriously fantastic, I highly recommend Kaz's touch typing course, which I recently got for my 14-year-old son, who was typing his homework with one finger, and taking an age over it. I was watching him thinking: 'How? How? How is he ever, ever, ever going to get a job typing like that?!'


The fact is that we do have to type today - and touch typing is by far the best way of typing, if you ever get round to learning it. I learnt on a special keyboard I bought from an ad in a paper, after accepting a job as an editorial assistant (having claimed I could type!). The keyboard (which is no longer produced) was brilliant - it made a game of learning to type and after a weekend on the thing I turned up for the job on the Monday morning, as a typing pro!


Knowing that learning needs to be fun, I was keen on the Kaz course. I gave it to my son one Saturday afternoon. He completed the course in a little over 90 minutes, loved doing it (no nagging involved at all) and he is now whizzing through homeworks that were taking him ages. And yes, I think he's more employable. He said that the course was brilliant - and he liked the fact that it was aimed at both children and adults alike (teens can be a bit prickly about anything that seems babyish).


You can BUY THE KAZ COURSE HERE


SEE OUR FULL CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE for more brilliant gift ideas, including fab gifts for food lovers and fun gifts for home lovers

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Carla  Griscti

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Associate editor of All About You, loves life (mostly) and one-pan recipes (always).

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Editorial assistant on All About You; a Parisian in training and amateur baker.

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Editor of House Beautiful since 2006, Julia has been a journalist for over 30 years.

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