We have a new gift policy - give experiences instead of things.
This is what we have done for the last 4 parties we have been to (all 3 year olds):
1. paints picked out by the mom while we were out and about (this one doesn't count as an experience, but I had to list it because it happened)
2. Explorer's Kit for Three Year Olds - We decorated a bag with all the things (using stickers we had) that an explorer might use. We ended up putting inside the bag:
- a kit to make your own binoculars (homemade)
- various brushes, picks, and clay tools wrapped up with a sign that said "Paleontology Dig Kit"
- A cool magnifying glass
- A journal with directions to use it as a nature/exploration journal
3. A Garden
Included in a box that we decorated together with flowers etc. were:
-a bag of soil
- a small jar filled with our worm compost tea with directions for when/how to feed the plants with it
- 3 seedling plants (she was turning three)
- live ladybugs
- and we made (out of an old chopstick) a garden art thing that said "<child's name>'s Garden!"
4. A gift certificate for 3 (kid also turning three) open studio art times and a book that we made. The book was this:
we (together with my two year old) brainstormed all the things that come in threes. He came up with:
3 horns on a triceratops
3 sides on a triangle
3 wheels on a tricycle
and I think there were a few others
3 letters in your name (coincidence that the kid's name had three letters)
3 candles on your birthday cake
3 Cheers for <kids name>! Hip, Hip, Hooray!
We made up a little book that said,
What Comes in Threes?
and on each page said
"Three sides on a triangle - 1,2,3!" and then we went searching together for pictures of each things, put it into the book, painted each page, and then sewed it together. We ended it with:
"Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!"
Those are the ones we actually did so far. Each gift was a total hit. The moms have each come to me privately and expressed how specail they were. And my guy really got into it. We spent a few days on each one and he was so proud!
These are the ones we have plans for:
A Cooking Theme-
- directions and supplies for a make your own chef hat set
- ingredients and recipe for something special (like vegan healthy muffins or something)
- a collection of our favorite recipes that Zeal likes to make on his own (with a bit of help, of course, but he thinks they are 'his' recipes
- and one or two special kitchen utensils
More later, kids waking.