Buying holiday gifts for kids can get complicated if you don’t know what the new, hot toy of the season is, and as I mentioned in my last post , kids will play with a toy for a while and then it’s on to a newer, better toy of the moment. My house is filled with one-armed Barbies, incomplete toys sets and just random parts to toys we’ve been collecting since birth. I did a clean sweep of some items about a year ago and donated whatever I found was complete. What’s left is a random figurine here and a puzzle missing half the pieces there.
Josh and I have resorted to using gift-giving times to getting things that the girls actually needed. Mainly clothes, shoes and other accessories. Here are some items that would be perfect for kids, and perfect for you if you hate seeing those toys going to waste.
Sweaters are always a plus during the holidays because you know there’s an immediate use and you can look forward to a few more months of cooler weather to get some good use out of them. I usually size up and that way I they don’t grown out of them after this season. Last year, I bought a peacoat similar to this one for Olivia that she is still wearing to this day.
Pajamas are also a good buy for kids. I recently bought some matching PJ sets for the girls at Target. It was BOGO 50% off so I nabbed a couple for a little over $6!
Skip Hop Accessories
Backpacks are the best for toddlers — Specifically anything Skip Hop. They have smaller backpacks that your little tyke can carry allowing them to feel like they are helping out mom and dad. Our Owl backpack was used to carry snacks and small toys that would keep Olivia entertained when we went out running errands. She also uses her Owl lunch container and water bottle now in Pre-K. The Owl Light & Sound Soother also gets constant use in Ava’s nursery. We have the white noise on when she takes naps and overnight and it always does the trick. It even projects stars on her ceiling which is pretty cool. And I know I wasn’t supposed to put any toys in this guide but the 3-stage Activity Center was one gift we got Ava last year and she loved it! I just had to share it with you.
I added a few shoes from Native because I just love the way they look and are perfect for toddlers. Ava has the pink ‘Jefferson’ shoe and they are easy to clean. I can’t count how many times we’ve came back from the park with sand all over my car from the kids’ shoes. The Native slip-ons are plastic and you can just run them under some water and dry them with a towel and they are ready to wear again. They’re amazing!
Bedroom & Home Accessories
These next items would be great additions to any kids bedroom. I also added the Ergobaby carrier because it was a favorite of mine. Took a few tries to get it right, but once I had baby in pouch, it was incredibly comfortable. Much more comfortable than my Baby Bjorn. The plush chair from Pottery Barn also gets regular use in my house. I had a friend gift us one for Olivia’s 1st birthday and now Ava has taken to it and loves to sit on the chair.
Josh had built a bookcase for Olivia when we were designing her nursery but if he hadn’t, I know I would have bought a bookcase for her room. I love to see her pick up a book and “read.” Exposing her to books at an early age has helped her imagination because she will read me the book based on what pictures she sees on the page.
There you have it! My absolute best gifts for young kids that will also be a blessing to mom and dad. I should know because we use almost half of the items on this list. I hope some of these gifts spread a little cheer to your loved ones as well.