Infants & Children
Picking a gift for a baby or small child is always exciting but it can also be quite challenging. There are plenty of great children gifts around, so it is definitely not a matter of possibilities but rather there is too much to choose from.
Apart from the usual considerations like age, you also need to think about the gift in terms of its usefulness and meaning to the child and / or the parents if the child is still rather small.
Because the birth of a child is one of the most exciting occasions in life, you will find that most babies and small kids are already inundated with toys and clothes. Parents might not appreciate yet another toy to clutter up their household, so think long and carefully about what you give as a present. It might also be worthwhile thinking about gifts for infants that will be enjoyed at a later stage in the child's life, or a keepsake that will stay with them forever.
All children will at one point or another start a collection of their favorite items. So why not start a tradition and give the child a small but valuable item, such as a silver pin or charm bracelet pendant, for each birthday / Christmas or whatever the occasion. You can pick a symbol that represents the previous year. That way, the child will end up with a lovely and precious keepsake - and you will never have to worry about a gift idea again, just keep adding to the collection!
Childrens Book: Classic Stories
A meaningful gift for a small child is really meant to be a meaningful gift indicating one's relationship to the parents of said child. For small children of good friends, a large book of stories you loved when you were a child makes a great gift. Classics are:
- Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories
- A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Why not add an inscription in the book, saying something like "One of my favorite books for one of my favorite people. I loved this book when I was a child, and I hope you will, too." Always remember to date your inscription.
Book: Childrens Book of the Month
Children love having stories read to them, or if they are older, they might enjoy reading themselves. A great birthday present for a small child is one book for each month of the coming year. You could either purchase the books in advance, join an online or local book club (there are some that specialize in children's books) or you could make a little voucher, stating that you will give one new book each month. That way the child will be able to enjoy their gift for a whole year! It is also great if you don't live close by - if you mail the book to the child, it will serve as a lovely reminder that you are thinking of them!
Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons.
Babies are such a nice way to start people.
The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.
Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good.
It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money.