Many of the things children ask for at this age are only available online. If your child is given a gift card to spend on games and downloadable content, this can be a way for you to open a conversation about how to get value for your money.
Gift cards can be quickly spent and forgotten about on outfits or items within a game, or they could be saved up for when they want to buy a new game they’ll play with for hours. It’s important your child understands that you can’t usually get a refund for virtual items you buy in a game, even if they don’t play it any more.
Some games sell loot crates, which are mystery boxes you buy without knowing what’s inside. These are a bit like gambling, but they aren’t regulated by the Gambling Commission yet, so children under 18 can buy them. They could be something to look out for and warn your child about if they play online games.