Crayons: Triangular, jumbo size, and non-toxic are ideal for my daughter, who is just learning the joys of art.
Play food: This breakfast tray is cute and quirky.
Take-apart airplane: This plane comes with a drill to take apart and reassemble it using bolts and screws.
Play kitchen: This year, we’re investing in a play kitchen with the help of my parents. The kitchen they purchased for my brothers and me has been used for almost 20 years now by every kid who has visited their house. I’m thrilled that our kids will use it for years to come, and it will provide hours of imaginary play.
Favorite Parables from the Bible, by Nick Butterworth & Mick Inkpen: All-time favorite book in our house. If you don’t have it, get it.
Photobook of names & faces: Evie is learning to say all the names of her family. Making a photobook is a super cute way to help her practice, since she doesn’t see them on a daily basis.
Board book, by Orla Kiely: I love how graphic and bold Orla Kiely’s designs are, and Evelyn loves looking at it.
Clothbound classics: These books are downright gorgeous. Someday soon, we’ll be reading Evie bedtime books longer than Goodnight Moon. Books like Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, and The Adventures of Robin Hood are classics for a reason. (P.S. Pick up your FREE Paper Gains Kid Lit guide from my friend and book guru, Anne. She has loads of phenomenal kid book suggestions. Good books make amazing gifts.)
Baby blanket: Is a baby on the way? This is the gift I bought for both my babies before they were born. It is absolutely the most soft, most lovely blanket. We use it for photos in the hospital, and they both sleep with it at night.
Sweatpants: To be inducted into our family, you have to love a cozy pair of sweats. I’ve bought about six of these in various sizes and colors.
Art supply case: Growing up I loved having a little case of art supplies to carry around. It made me feel like a genuine artist.
Walker: A beautiful gift for a little one who is on the move but still a little unsteady. Evie got this for Christmas last year when she was about 9 months old.
Children’s museum pass: Don’t add to the clutter of a young family’s home. Give them a membership to a local zoo or museum. We’ve found that these are our some of our favorite gifts, because it gets us out of the house!
Heart sweatshirt: Adorable.
Floral leggings: Soft, sweet, and a hand-designed fabric.
Band in a box: We gave this to Evelyn on her first birthday. It just proves that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a quality, lasting gift.
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