With the approach of my son’s birthday I sat in in the living room and stared at the overflowing toy chest, wondering what I could possibly find for him that he didn’t already have in some form or another. There were a number of toys that fostered learning the alphabet and multiplication tables, shelves of books that encouraged him to learn to read. There were educational toys and toys for fun, balls of various sizes for a number of purposes. It left me dumbfounded.
As a parent, there is pressure to find that perfect gift that stands out from the others, something that shows you know your child better than anyone else and that you have a strong desire to cater to their tastes. As grandparents, you want to spoil your grandchildren with anything you can afford to give.
So what do you get for the kid that has everything? It’s not as hard as you think to find great personalized birthday gifts that everyone loves. Whether shopping for a first birthday or a 10th, wonderful, unique gifts are out there, waiting to be carved to perfection for your son or daughter.
• · What boy doesn’t love superheroes? Consider getting him a personalized shirt with his favorite superhero on it, or their favorite Marvel hero on a pillowcase customized with his name on it. Don’t just go to the store and buy regular stock items. Get him something that gives him the feeling of pride of ownership.
• · For the sports fan, you might want to consider pillows shaped like his favorite sports ball or a baseball jersey with his name on it. If he plays little league sports get him a customized sports bag with his name on the front.
• · Most little girls enjoy having tea with mom and dad or with her toys. Getting her a tea set with her name on it brings a new level of fun to the tea-time experience.
• · If your little girl enjoys playing dress up, consider investing in a vanity with her name on it. It even has a drawer for her jewelry storage. Complete the vanity with personalized hairbrush and comb.
There are a number of unisex gift ideas too like personal step stools with storage space, backpacks with names and designs, puzzle stools, and a number of other wonderful gift ideas.
These suggestions are just the beginning. Check out some online stores for gift ideas that everyone loves and you can’t go wrong. Let other family members buy the toys while you make things a little more personal with creative and fun gift ideas you know your child will love. My son was thrilled when he came home on his birthday to find a customized Spiderman comforter and pillow on his bed.
Your child’s birthday doesn’t have to be a stress on your budget or your psyche. Find reasonable ways to cope with birthday stress and don’t let the pressure of buying the perfect gift turn your hair gray, unless it’s already gray, in which case you might want to even it out. Make the gift practical not just on your pocketbook, but by getting a gift that will last for years to come. The idea is to make the day fun not just for your child, but for you as well.