I’m pretty new to this whole “buying gifts for kids” thing. I can hardly figure out what to buy for MY kid, so buying gifts for other children is sort of overwhelming.
- What if they already have said toy?
- What if they are way too advanced for said toy (despite the recommended age range)?
- What if the parent has an issue with said toy?
- What if I have a budget?
So, I just wing it. I usually try to buy and make gifts that fit into my budget and also give the kids something to be excited about. But hopefully not be a piece of worthless garbage.
Here’s my latest attempt:
I love the way this gift came together because:
- It’s perfect for summer. Every kid needs a beach/water bucket and it can work for a wide variety of ages. Henry (and pretty much every other kid I know) loves sand and water. And loves pouring, dumping and scooping.
- It’s easy to put together, but ends up looking fun and personal.
- It’s affordable. I spent less than $10 on this package.
- It’s personalized. This is not just cute and fun, but also practical. If you take your beach bucket to a pool or beach, there are A MILLION CHILDREN SWARMING AROUND WHO ALL WANT YOUR KID’S TOYS. (Or, if you are my kid, you want every other kid’s toys.) But you know you will get your stuff back because the kid’s name is emblazoned on it all. It’s like putting a rainbow ribbon on your suitcase to see it coming around the baggage claim.
This set of toys is for Henry’s friend Regan. I happened upon the bucket and matching scoop and watering can at Target and immediately thought she needed them for her new water table.
I also added a little bath/water toy and Dollar Spot sunglasses into the mix. I think I spent around $7, but due to the fact that my kid is already obsessed with this set, I’m sure I’ll end up making him his own set, too. So double the price. 😉
With my Silhouette, I designed a simple name monogram with a scalloped circle. I fashioned smaller versions for the smaller toys. Then, I cut it all out of white vinyl and applied with transfer paper.
Literally, 10 minutes is all this took. Henry helped, or it would have taken 5.
The vinyl may not last forever, I’ll admit. If the toys are going to be used and played with (I sure hope), the vinyl may get dirty or come off. But, I think that’s okay. It’s pretty durable and when it does come off, it’s easy enough to remove or replace.
In the end, I think it’s a great gift idea for the kiddos in your life. But what do I know? I don’t even know what to get for my own kid.
Linking to Weekend Reading at Serenity Now.