Gift guides: Minimalist and almost-zero waste gift ideas for toddler girls
For those who do not know, from this year Husband and I have started following the minimalist guide to gift giving. We decided to do this because of a few reasons, the biggest two being that our house was full and messy, filled with things we didn’t need or didn’t use (and that included most of the kids’ toys. Read my post on chucking most of their toys here) and that we were busy raising brats. Our kids get so much stuff that they neither appreciate things nor look after them anymore. I am not sure when this happened, we have always been strict on them merely getting things for the sake of getting things. But slowly material possessions trickled into our house and now they are monsters. Enough. So for this Christmas, they get 5 gifts each, and at this stage they get them from Santa or each other - will explain now. The only extra gifts that they will get from us are the small stocking fillers in their advent calendar, which are mostly jewellery or hair accessories, and one or two gifts in their stockings. The 5 gifts that they get, which are the bigger gifts, are divided as follow: 2 gifts from Santa, 1 gift from their sibling (so A1 gives A2 something and vice versa), 1 gift from us to them which they got at the beginning of December, and 1 gift from us to them that they get on Christmas day. The reason we divided the gifts like this is to teach them to give to others, and also to allow us to give them something that they can spend the whole December playing with - mostly to keep them out of my hair since I still need to work while they are at home. This year, we bought them a steel-frame pool as the Dec gift, and it falls into the “something to do together” category. The rest of the gifts we are still figuring out.
Without further ado, the 5 categories you want to fill are:
Something they want
Something they need
Something to wear
Something to read
Something to do together
I will explain each category followed by a few suggestions now:
· Something you want
This category includes anything that your kids have been asking for. Here you will most probably consider the more commercial toys or activities. We try to buy toys that are 1. Educational or open ended, 2. Sustainable or at least durable to keep for the next kids, 3. Something that they will play with for a while. You can also include in this category edible gifts, especially if you feel your kids have enough toys as it is. Some of my finds that you can consider:
If they already have enough toys, but you still want to keep to the 5 gift rule, why not opt for snack or sweetie a subscription box? This one is from The Sweetie Box, and it is a monthly subscription
· Something you need
This category includes gifts that your kids need to get, i.e. they need the item for a hobby or a new skill, something that they need for school, or it is a décor item with a practical use, e.g.
Gruffalo paint set
If you have a budding Picaso, invest in an apron (to safe your kid’s clothes) as well as a beautiful bag to keep all her supplies in. This beautiful themed art set is from Fine and Fabulous
We have now gone into loadshedding season, again, and because candles are not the safest option we are kitting out our house with strings and strings of battery or solar operated fairy and night lights. Get a cute string for your kid’s bedroom, like this star string from Clever Little Monkey
· Something you wear
This category is for that special outfit, or something more practical that they need, like a swimsuit or new jacket. You can also include shoes and accessories, making this category very easy and fun to fill. For Christmas, we usually give the girls a special dress that they can wear on Christmas day, as well as a special accessory to go with it.
· Something you read
My favourite category! I love books, and one of my biggest desires is that my kids will love them as well. A love for reading is cultivated from a young age, so never think that they are too small! For this category you can either give them a single book, or a literature inspired item, or subscribe them to a book club, which I think is better. Some of the awesome possibilities:
Secret book box
The Secret Book Box is one of the newer players on the field, and their boxes are gorgeous. Focused on a little older kids, they also do the boxes according to a theme, and they also do seasonal boxes.