KIDS THESE DAYS. They're growing up with no skills (unless texting 4,000 words per minute counts as a skill). They're all praised for mediocrity (ie: "Everybody Gets a Trophy" Day Celebrations), and they get out in the world and expect to have everything handed to them. It's the least skilled, most entitled generation EVER. You can hear your grandfather dispensing his age-old life advice from his recliner in the corner: LEARN A TRADE. DO SOMETHING WITH YA HANDS.
Whether it's learning how to fix a car, program a computer, or make a kick-ass dinner—these things are going to come in handy way more often than being able to beat level 6 in Super Mario Brothers 3 (not that that's not impressive, and not that today's kids would even understand that reference).
Get 'em while they're young, when they're interested in anything adults do because they don't realize that adults are just boring, defeated shamesacks. Your four-year-old niece would die to help you bake a cake while using this Kids Baking Apron Set ($45, Odette Williams). Bonus: she'll make you cake when you're old because of the fun memories you built right now, in the kitchen with this apron set.