I am always looking for simple birthday gift ideas for the girls’ friends. I love our gifts to have a handmade touch, and I like the gift to be useful and open-ended. We often do theme gifts, and the girls love gathering a few special things to tuck inside a bag or bucket for their friends.
Here’s a few gifts we have put together:
Cozy Reading: a new book, a homemade bookmark, and a pack of hot cocoa mix
Collage Kit: a mixture of collage materials (pom poms, paper cut-outs, buttons, sequins, etc.), plain + glitter glue, and a canvas or shadow box
Memory Maker: disposable camera, mini scrapbook, and a few scrapbooking supplies
Letter Writing Kit: cards, envelopes, stamps, return address labels, and a fun pen or pencil
Scrub-a-Dub-Dub: toothbrush, washcloth, fun soap (store bought or homemade), band aids, comb, new headband, etc.
Doughy Delight: homemade playdough in a couple colors, cookie cutters, and mini rolling pin (include the playdough recipe, too!)
Little Chef: apron (we have made several with the Montessori Child’s apron pattern from Sew Liberated), measuring cups, mixing spoon, and a few simple recipes printed on cards & laminated
Play Date Coupon: make a coupon for a fun activity to do with the birthday child – miniature golfing, going to a movie, picnic and park, zoo, etc.
Green Thumb: terra cotta pot, paints and paintbrush for decorating, a little bag of organic potting mix, and some seeds
We have also had fun gathering a few treasures based on a friend’s favorite color or animal. Also, art supplies are always a winner, as far as I’m concerned!
What are your go-to birthday gifts for kids?