Many parents no confident what type of music instrument do their kid like. Kids change their mind very fast, they may like piano now, but after awhile they want to try for others. I always advise parents do not buy new music instruments if your kid not decide yet.
You can always get used music instrument as good as new one. Lately I help a student got back an used ovation celebrity gc 28 at guitar center.com. He likes it very much, most important the price is cheap and the guitar can give a good sound.