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Out of the Box

2012 April 28

Us mommies and daddies must feel really frisky come late Summer/early Fall because we are in serious birthday party mode right now. We kicked off April celebrating Little D’s 5th and seem to have a packed schedule of similar celebrations every weekend through June.

And if you’re anything like me, I looked at the mountain of gifts Little D got and simply sighed. Where am I going to put all this stuff? How am I going to assemble all these toys? Does she really NEED four more dolls? And five more stuffed animals? And three sets of…Orbeez?

Now I don’t like the idea of denying a little kid the pleasure of unwrapping a beautiful gift. I don’t believe in parties where you donate to a cause or “ask for no gifts.” It works for some people, but I want a kid to experience the unparalleled joy of opening something – or 30+ somethings – on their big day…I just want to try to find something that can bring the parents a little joy – and a little less clutter – too.

So here are my picks for some “out of the box” gift ideas:

Fish in a bowl. Sounds ambitious, but it’s really not. Stick to a standard little beta fish that can thrive in a simple bowl with water. It’s a great, inexpensive and meaningful gift for a kid who is old enough to love it, name it and care for it.

Socks. Sounds silly, right? But how many kids do you know who need another t-shirt or hoodie? My kids are always in need of socks and Little D would love a fun pair like these.

Books are a good go-to, I firmly believe a kid can never have too many. I love this “I Spy” series because kids get lost in these forever….and I don’t have to read it to them 32 times after the party has finished.

Nope, not suggesting you stock up on more Muno and Foofa dolls. But how about tickets to the next Live show when it comes to town? Better yet, offer to bring the birthday boy or girl to the show with your family so mommy and daddy can have a day off. I can personally guarantee even you will have a good time…that DJ Lance can really put on a show.

Another book suggestion, but this time it’s a little more interactive. A kids’ cookbook is a fun way to indulge a budding Nigella Lawson without giving in to another play kitchen.

Art Soup. This is just one really cool local drop-in art studio that I love, but anything near you that lets kids get creative out of the house is a good option. Buy a gift card or membership and wrap it on a handmade paint palette for fun.

Star bright. Name a star after the birthday kid. I know, it sounds very 1980s, but I can practically guarantee any millennial kid will be just as excited by the idea of looking up to in the night sky and finding his very own little light.


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  1. April 29, 2012

    Those are all really great ideas. At my son’s past birthday I have to admit that I returned some of his presents. Not because we disliked them persay, but they clearly didn’t rivet his attention and he has sooooooo much stuff I didn’t need more beyblades to step on.

    • WWGD permalink*
      April 30, 2012

      I hear you…and admire you for just returning some of them. It has become too much and here we are, less than one month since her birthday and most of those gifts are already gathering dust 🙁

  2. May 1, 2012

    Perfect timing. We just got an invite for a party for twins [hopes their mama doesn’t also read this blog]. Thank you 😉

    • WWGD permalink*
      May 1, 2012

      Don’t you mean you hope their mama DOES read this blog…?!? 😉

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