Although I’m not an expert gift giver, I really enjoy picking out gifts for my niece and nephews! Besides Christmas gifts, I try to always pick up something for their birthdays as well as a few holidays during the year. Right now all four of the kiddos in my life are under five, and there are few things I keep in mind that help me when I’m looking for a gift.
It must be affordable – I’m not in a competition with anyone and I don’t need to buy their affection! I also like to ease the pressure on my family members. If they need to toss or donate something I’ve given one of their children, it’s not a big deal – I didn’t spend a fortune on it!
Part of the gift should be consumable. I know my family members have smaller homes and don’t need tons of stuff filling up their space! I look for things like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, fun band-aids, bathtub paints or character themed shampoo – things that can be used up and then thrown away.
I like to give gifts that are educational. I look for flashcards, books or learning aids that I think my family members will appreciate and be able to use as they teach their kids. I also look soft and quiet things that would be appropriate for use during church.
Of course, part of the gift needs to be fun! Super hero flatware, costume jewelry, tiaras and toys are so irresistible! I really have to keep the other guidelines in mind because I would easily get carried away with all the kitchen sets and workbenches!
For gifts other than Christmas presents, I also try to keep things small and light because they have to be mailed.
Here’s what I’m sending my niece for her 4th birthday this summer:
- Animal Flashcards (Target, $1)
- Animal/Counting Board Book – I totally bought this just b/c it had kittens on the cover (Target, $1)
- Necklace/Bracelet Set (Dollar Tree, $1)
The guidelines I listed aren’t rules – they’re just things that help me (as someone who doesn’t have kids) know what I want to buy for my sweet little niece and nephews! I also love finding gift guides or wish lists from other blogging mamas. Here are a few that might help you in your shopping!
- Marissa’s 9th Birthday Wishlist
- Fletcher’s First Birthday Wishlist
- Olive’s 4th Birthday Wishlist
- Best Gifts For Elementary Aged Boys
What kind of things do you like to give as gifts to the kids in your family?