It sounds obvious, but I feel like it bears repeating at this time of year that there’s no admission price to the holidays. It’s lovely to give a heartfelt gift at this time of year, but I firmly believe that gifts can be simple and that we can stay within a modest budget. Toward that end, I’ve been wanting to compile a list of some of my very favorite, very simple, gifts for kids (the grownup version is on its way!).
Junky stuff gets jettisoned toward kids in general, and at the holidays especially, and so I’ve tried to compile a list of items that hold up well to raucous play, that provide a bit of out-of-the-ordinary magic, or that otherwise get enjoyed and used up without adding too much in the way of additional clutter (or eventual waste).
Wherever possible, I’ve provided links to sources for these gifts online, but I intentionally kept the list general and tried to relegate it to items that you might also easily be able to find in the brick and mortar shops in your own communities. Many of these are gifts, for example, that you can source from local hardware stores, cooking shops, or art supply stores. Some of them are things you can make (or make better) yourself. Others are a bit more specialized. All of them are under $25 and many by quite a bit. As always, I’d love to hear your brilliant ideas, too.
+ A crinkle knife.
+ A harmonica.
+ A homemade bubble wand and solution.
+ A bandana.
+ Seed packets.
+ A two-pocket apron.
+ A bread scraper. (Excellent for the aforementioned.)
+ Bubble bath.
+ Crayons (for on the go).
+ A flower press.
For the curious:
PS. I’ve partnered with Acorn Toy Shop to offer a few more tips on thoughtful gift giving for kids on their Instagram feed this week. Stay tuned! (Their own $25 and under list is filled with lovely gifts and it’s right this way.)