Katie has been lucky enough to be invited to several parties recently. On the one hand this has led me to be in utter disbelief that I’m going to have a FOUR year-old, and on the other in a panic about what to buy for presents.
Those of you following my blog at Christmas will know that I despise buying (or receiving) ‘land-fill’ presents i.e. things that you would want out of your house immediately. I really don’t like buying for the sake of buying something – so I want to get this gift malarky right!
My first point of call was to turn to my more experienced (and therefore wised- up) neighbour! I figured she has great taste and would be able to point me in the right direction as to budget and ideas.
As a result of my research, I’ve decided that a budget of around £10 is reasonable for a child’s present. The cost of putting on a party is high, Katie is liable to enjoy the party for a good few hours – and I don’t want people to ‘thank me’ for giving them anything that could be categorised as ‘plastic fantastic!’ With those thoughts, here is my gift guide for small children’s birthday party presents:
Playon Stackable Crayons from Bunny-Hop, 9.50
For any crafty child, art supplies need to be limitless and these crayons strike me as very cool. I vaguely remember them from my own childhood (which is probably why I like them!) but their shape makes easy for a small child to hold onto. They’ve got the added bonus that they can also engage a child’s attention as a stacking toy. I could imagine stashing them in my changing bag to bring out when I needed to entertain Katie in a restaurant or while waiting somewhere.
Milimbo: Better to Eat You With from Bon Tot, 5.50
It’s hard to explain whether it’s a book, a game, a toy, or just a piece of art – because it’s all of them. As you read the story of Little Red Riding Hood, you wear the mask that represents the character that’s speaking.
Aside from being a cool way to get kids involved in story telling, this looks like a really tasteful book. It’s not garish, noisy or involving Peppa Pig. We’ve had far too much of Peppa Pig. In fact, I would vote to involve Peppa Pig… if she could get eaten by the wolf.
Things You Never Knew about Dinosaurs by Giles Paley-Phillips, 5.99 (Affiliate link)
I’m lucky enough to know Giles personally – so I know that he’s a really nice guy AND a brilliant author. I would recommend any of his books as presents but my two personal favourites are The Fearsome Beastie and Things you Never Knew about Dinosaurs. I love that these aren’t really ‘predictable’ children’s books – and my kids love them. Along with bright and fun illustrations, the stories cause the kids to cackle and take delight in the story. I’d call that a win when it comes to kids’ stories!
Birthday Circle Tee from Blueberrybookids, 14.00-16.00
Although this is a little over budget – I still consider it a winner. Katie received a t-shirt for her 3rd birthday with ‘her number’ on it and has been keen to wear it since. There are a heap of different styles (and budgets) available online but I think these ones are understated – and pretty cool.
Illustrated Animal Memory Game Cards from Sarah & Bendrix, 8.00
Finding card games that small children can join in with can be a little bit tricky. Ben loves to play games like Monopoly or Cludo, but obviously Katie is far too small to join in something that complex. A really good compromise has been to find games that both can play at different levels e.g. we have a ‘Bingo’ style game where Ben can read the words and Katie can identify pictures. This memory card game from Sarah & Hendrix would certainly fit the bill of being suitable for a wide age range – and is pretty to boot!
Wooden Dog Toy Pencil Holder from Sarah & Bendrix, 12.50
If you’ve been following my Instagram stream (if you aren’t – why not?!) you’ll know that I have a lovely collection of wooden toys from Sarah & Bedrix. I had originally thought they would be more suitable for Thomas but Katie is actually really taken with them; she has been dragging round the drummer dog for days (it was also a hit on a recent playdate with other kids!).
They really are toys that you are happy to have on display – I’ve certainly not been able to shut they away in boxes and now have a selection sitting atop the side cupboard in our playroom. The pencil holder therefore fulfils two aims – it would be a fun toy for smaller children and be a cool desk accessory for older ones!
I’d love to know if you’ve got other ideas for kid’s birthday’s parties! I’m really pretty new to it – comment here or come share your ideas on Facebook.