Far too often, our kids receive a gift that they love – for all of five minutes. We have homes that are stuffed with the last big toy that they just had to have… and that they haven’t touched in months.
It can be tempting to try and turn your back on crazes. You reason with yourself that you know it’s a craze and it’s not worth spending (or even going into debt) to abide. You know it’s going to pass. You can even have the same conversation with your children – though the success of that can be variable. By “variable”, you’re probably looking at “incredibly unpopular” and dealing with one serious tantrum. Kids can’t look past the next gift, so it’s up to us to do it for them.
Nice idea, but is it really possible?
One way to find something that endures is to introduce a gift that can then be enhanced. Rather than something totally new, each birthday and Christmas means an addition to an existing item. Some change; some way of adding some extra.
This is possible, and there are a variety of different gift ideas to do it with. Not only does it calm the necessity of the latest big craze, but it also lessens your need to keep thinking up new gift ideas. And let’s face it – that’s always going to be appreciated!
- Doll Houses
The idea of a doll house may seem quaint and old-fashioned. That, of course, is a huge part of their appeal; you might get a surprise with how many modern kids will latch on to them. The likes of Melody Jane Dolls Houses are a gift in and of themselves, but then provide further opportunities down the line. You can gift additions of new furniture, a change of pattern or whatever accessory you find.
- Charm Bracelets
Charm bracelets are wonderful items with a beautiful significance behind them. Not only do they look good and jangle together in a satisfying way, but they are created with the idea of extra additions in mind. You also don’t need to spend a fortune if money is tight on a forthcoming birthday or Christmas, as charms can be picked up for relatively little.
- Create A Badge Ted
An even thriftier version of the same idea is to create a “badge ted”. The initial gift is the present of the teddy itself; something cute and durable will suffice. Make it on the larger side so that it can best serve its forthcoming purpose. Then with every passing gifting occasion, you can buy a new badge, pin or brooch to celebrate the occasion. Soon, you will have a teddy covered in memories of the passing years rather than a disposable gift.
- Any Kind of Hobby Kit
Sewing, embroidery, painting, a chalk set – whatever it takes to spark an interest. Not only do you give the gift of the crafting bug (which is very beneficial for kids), but future gifts become obvious. A new set of paints, canvas, brushes or silk threads will encourage the hobby to be maintained – and solve a few of your gift headaches too!