Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Non Toy Gift Idea for Kids

Toys, Toys, Toys and all the noise, noise, noise. Remember when the Grinch said this? He had a point. When I was a kid, I thought he never got toys. Now that I'm an adult, I get what he's saying.

It's probably no surprise that How The Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorite movies of the holidays. It's really got a great moral behind it all-besides the love, it shouldn't ALWAYS be about giving toys, or things. I do LOVE to give gifts, but I always feel that most of the toy gifts I give, kind of get lost in the clutter of all the other toys.

This year, I was able to do something a little different. I have two children, and I always like keepsakes. Something with meaning. My name is one that doesn't have a great meaning and pretty much is associated with dirt. How lovely, right? Also, it's a unique name, so I never got a state key chain with my name on it, or a spoon, or a magnet, or anything of the kind. Even a sticker, with my name. Good luck! (I'm not bitter, really.) I know now that there are lots of people with unique names in the same situation. It happens. We're a special breed. I wouldn't have it any other way.

My children have different names, too. Not so much in the way of, "How do you spell that name?" But, it's more of a classic or traditional name that not many or no one has heard for awhile. Which is a good thing. 

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Anyway, while I was searching around the Internet I came across these Name Print Keepsakes. They were AMAZING! What a genuine idea. I loved it! ByElleJay on Etsy does these individualized prints. She gives you the name meaning of your child, and then based on the name will find a bible verse that goes along with it! How adorable and perfect is that? She also can coordinate the colors to match any room or whatever you have planned for this! Not to mention, they're a super price!

The wheels in my head were definitely turning and I had to have one for both of my children. What a great way to show God's love for your children, then by having a specialized verse match up with their name. This would make a great baby keepsake, baptism/dedication gift, Christmas gift, anytime gift! 

What makes it a great Christmas gift, is that it isn't a toy! You can actually make this look really amazing in a child's room, and you don't have to worry about them outgrowing it. This is definitely a gift, you can keep for your children forever! This is a piece that will definitely go with my kids into their baby books, and will be an amazing treasure for them later on in life!
Metallic Blue Frame with a White Matte! Beautiful! I blocked out his last name.
My son's bible verse is just amazing. I love that verse from Joshua. Commanding our boys to be strong and courageous, because God is with them! It is inspiring me as a parent as well! 

Finished Print with Purple Matte and White Frame! Love!
My daughter's is very fitting. God's grace is with her. Beautiful. Nothing like a wonderful reminder each time I walk into both their rooms. Such Love! How can you not want one of these?!

Plus, you can really have fun with these colors! She made ours to match our kid's rooms! They turned out pretty wonderful, don't you think??

By ElleJay Aren't these Adorable?! Perfect for EVERYTHING! LOVE!
She does a lot of other really amazing things on her shop...I found these super cute cards that I had to have with my kids' prints! Check One, Anything Cards! Perfect for all occasions and the cutest cards I've ever seen! These are perfect, literally, for anything! They are great to add to your card stash (I have one!).

I also posted a little while back, about the print gift I did for my nephew. He loves the book, Little Blue Truck. So I did a print for his room as well! It turned out really great, and seeing it in his room, was really special for me too! Check out the Little Red Truck Post here.

Another print gift idea I did, was giving a print of something that is a child's favorite. My son loves dirt bikes, my nephew loved the little blue truck, and I have another special little man in my life that LOVES farming! I found this print and had it customized just for him! I heard it got GREAT reviews from both parents and child!

I hope this gives you some ideas for gifts, when you're struggling about buying a toy, or just looking for something that will have more meaning than plastic. These prints look beautiful in my children's rooms. And who doesn't know a special child who could use one of these?

A few extra ideas besides these prints, can be books. Or use their favorite hobbies to gift.

I have a niece who was going to be taking dance. If you don't want to pay for classes, then you can get books that go along with dance classes, and a dance bag for her uniforms.

If you know there is an activity or concert coming up, if they're older, you know they'd like to go to, give them tickets. There are lot of other little things you can do to build up gifts, and create memories that will last a little longer than plastic.

Photo from Amazon. The Strider Bike.
We also, have children entering the "trike" stage. But, we bypassed the trike and went straight to the Strider Bike! These cool little non-bikes, help teach children to balance, in order to transition smoothly to a pedal bike.  Our son LOVES this bike! He's had it since just before he turned 2, and he rides it every day! 

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I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I will talk about all your wonderful acts.
Psalms 9:1

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  1. Thanks for the idea of the name plaques. Beautiful idea. :)

    1. You're welcome! They really are a treasure! Hope you get one! You won't be disappointed.

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