Ever since I was a kid- seriously, like maybe 5 years old- I have loved giving gifts. I love the hunt, the thrill of finding the perfect gift. And even better? The perfect gifts– a whole group of wonderful things that all go together in some way. When I was really little, I loved putting together sets of art supplies, paper, glue, and scissors for my friends. I love coming up with these “gift sets” for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries… And one of the best parts is that with some creative planning, a group of gifts can not only be more memorable, but also cost less than one gift! For example, instead of the $200 mixer (although, I’m not going to lie, I looooooove mine), I’ll give the $18 skillet, plus recipe cards with some of my best-loved go-to recipes on them, and a couple cute dish towels (like these from Ikea that cost 79 whopping cents). So you get the idea; now I have a few ideas for kids!
Set 1: Crafty
- Kid-sized table and chairs (like Ikea’s Latt, $19.99)
- Easel (like Ikea’s Mala, $14.99)
- Colored construction paper
- Packs of markers, colored pencils, and crayons
- Pencils, erasers, and a sharpener
- White paper (copy paper is great) or drawing pad
- String or cotton yarn
- And anything else you want: stickers, beads, glue, feathers, felt, buttons…
- Small storage containers and jars (like these boxes and these hanging containers, all from Ikea)
Set 2: Use Your Imagination
- Old grown-up clothes (especially aprons, scrubs or lab coats, dress shirts, skirts and dresses): clean out your closet or check thrift stores.
- Masks: make your own or buy (like this pack of 12 animal masks for $4.50 from Amazon)
- An assortment of hats: think fireman, cowboy, fedora, baseball, bonnet…
- A clown wig and big red nose! (Trust me on this one.)
- A big bin to store it all in- a plastic tub or oversized basket work great
Set 3: Chef-in-Training
- Play kitchen: make (Check out this Pinterest board for more DIY play kitchens than you can wrap your brain around!) or buy (I like this one from Amazon and this one from Ikea).
- Toy food: make your own (knit, crochet, or sew) or buy
- Pots and pans: you can find small pots and pans at thrift stores, plus utensils and dishes, or buy kid-sized versions
- Child-sized apron (here’s a cute one from Zazzle)
- Kids’ cookbook: The Silver Spoon for Children, Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes, Sesame Street’s “C” is for Cooking
Set 4: Traveller
- Kids’ music for the car or plane:
- Crayola Color Wonder paper pad and 10-ct. Mini Markers
- Busy bag, I Spy bag, or soft book
- Postcards and postcard stamps
- A snuggly blanket
- Reusable snack bag (I like these that clip with the same connectable rings my boys love)
- Travel games: you can find travel versions of board games at Target/ Walmart with pieces that stay in place, even when there’s turbulence or a speed bump.
- Disposable camera
- A map of where he or she is going, or where they’ve been (free from AAA if you’re a member!)
Pssst! Check out The Kiddos, Part 1 here for lots more great gift ideas.