I get more questions than I can ever field in a reasonable amount of time about kids and gifts and what to do about them. After nearly five years at this now, I’m getting the hang of things.
Here are a few of my personal truisms:
+ Kids are magpies. They love tiny stuff. And shiny stuff. Doesn’t matter if they have to wrest it from a puddle of dog pee, if they find it on the sidewalk, chances are they want to take it home and squirrel it away. Treasure! This is often very sweet and sometimes very gross.
+ The goalposts are constantly moving. Starting school, attending more birthday parties, going to other peoples’ homes for playdates, it all has the capacity to alter our kids’ perceptions and even desires regarding…stuff. I think parents can lay the groundwork and set limits based on family values, but only time will tell how this might eventually manifest in our kids as they grow. We all navigate through a world where we confront other people’s choices and values and ultimately we need to decide for ourselves what we cherish or appreciate or want to spend our money on.
+ There are no rules saying you have to do anything that anyone else does regarding kids and toys (including, notably, what I do.) We each have our own threshold for this stuff: our own family customs, our own budgets, our own likes and dislikes, our own space constraints, our own gift-loving grandparents (or not). Goes without saying, I’m only ever sharing how I’ve chosen to navigate this stuff myself.
Our family celebrates Easter and as part of our tradition, we offer a small basket of springtime gifts to the children. Predictably, I like to give small gifts that will be used (or used up) and, with any luck, enjoyed. I also do my best to seek out gifts that have a benign impact on people and the planet, so far as I can tell.
This year, both kids will receive the same things in their homemade baskets: A packet of seeds, a tiny doll dress, a pair of ruffly knee-socks, a wee fairy (and accompanying homemade fairy bed), and a few pieces of sidewalk chalk.
In case you’re hunting for simple gifts for your own brood, here are some of my personal favorites. They come in a range of price points from virtually free to a few precious items that are considerably more of a splurge. (Put another way: Some require a few materials and a little time to make yourself, others require resources of the monetary variety.)
+ Rose Princess Fairies for loving.
+ Homemade fairy beds for sleeping (made from cardboard boxes, scrap fabric, and wool batting).
+ Stickers for entertainment on train rides. (Ours were made by the one and only Rose Pearlman).
+ Ruffly knee-socks for feeling fancy.
+ Temporary Tattoos for personal adornment.
+ Dice for counting games. (Our sparkly dice found locally at Top Hat.)
+ Homemade play dough for sculpting into bunnies.
+ Mini springtime cookie cutters. (Ours are ancient, but these ones look like they’d be similar.)
+ Bubbles (plus a homemade wand) for magic-making.
+ Sparkly bandaids for inevitable springtime scrapes.
What about you guys? Favorite simple gifts to give this time of year?
If you haven’t seen it already, here’s my list of 25 Simple Gifts Under $25, for Kids.
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