There was a dedicated time allocation for gift opening. It was a small group of six girls (and their mums). Nat watched from the sidelines with quiet anxiety, praying she wouldn’t get anything…less than ideal.
It was all looking pretty safe until she heard her daughter squeal with excitement;
There it was. The skid mark on an otherwise excellently safe haul.
A colouring in pack made by….none other than…. Sharpie.
I’m not kidding. A children’s colouring in pack where all the colours are permanent markers.
Please don’t get Nat wrong and think she's ungrateful. Not at all! Someone chose that for her daughter KNOWING she would love it, and they were right!
However, she had spent the last 3 months wrestling permanent markers from the jaws of their Lagotto Elvis (AKA the dog). A six year old isn’t always the best at remembering to put her things right away, and their puppy is as swift as Nat is at a buffet table.
We know children’s gift giving can be a nightmare. You don’t want to just buy some poorly made toy from a large chain store, especially when you know every other mum will be doing that. You also don’t want to have to sell your breastmilk on the black market just to be able to pay for whatever you decide on.
Here’s a list of some of our favourite gifts. The ones to make you the ‘cool’ mum and overall boost your child’s street cred.
🎀 A Nala Pink or Nancy Purple Deluxe Box
🌈 3 Water bead packs (always at least 1 rainbow and 2 surprise colours)
💅 A Pastel Pink and Purple nail polish
The only time drawing on the walls is a good idea.
There you have it. 4 simple gift giving ideas to make you the winner of the coolest