Birthday season has just come to an end in our family, which consists of five birthdays in quick succession. Marlow is our odd one out with a birthday in November, but the rest of us all have birthdays in the springtime. Our birthday bunting literally goes up and down and up and down from April to June. It’s quite fun, but I’m always so relieved when it’s over.
Since it’s all fresh in my mind, I thought it might be useful to write down some of the favourite gifts each of my children received for their birthdays (not just gifts from us, but from friends and family too). I’ll start with Ivy, who turned six in May, and who only asked for a compass for her birthday. : )
1. A pretty journal for writing down thoughts and discoveries (the same one her mama uses)
2. Cat ears headband — a fun accessory
3. A flower press to preserve her first 4-leaf clover and other pretty flowers and plants (a thoughtful gift from my sister!)
4. Eco-crayons that draw on paper AND glass! So fun!
5. A brass compass in its own leather pouch to learn her directions
6. An intricate and beautiful ‘Colour Therapy‘ colouring book
7. The ‘Little House on the Prairie‘ books because I remember how much I loved them when I was young (we also bought her audio books because she’s really into listening to stories while we’re in the car)
8. A blackboard blocks and chalk set to create her own houses, towers and towns
Please feel free to share other gift suggestions if you can think of them! (And obviously many of these gifts are great for boys too — I only specified a gender because it felt appropriate for some of the gifts.)
Great post Courtney – thank you! I’d forgotten all about Flower Presses, I loved them when I was little.
Florence was 6 in January and has played endlessly with this cardboard fold out house from Ikea and mini Ikea furniture…
I love this post! Ivy received some lovely gifts! I’ve just ordered the audio book of The Little House ready for a long journey at the weekend. Thank you for sharing Courtney, I can’t wait to see the rest in the series. xx
What beautiful and timeless gifts! I love the flower press – we’ve been looking for something like that to preserve the flowers we keep finding in our daughter’s books. I also love the compass and blackboard blocks. So clever! As for additional gift ideas, our girls are 2 and 4, but big hits this year were: felt animal masks, a veterinarian dress up outfit, a wooden barn with animals, and a harmonica. 🙂 We plan to get binoculars for our eldest when her birthday arrives in December. Your list has given me new ideas too since her birthday is close to Christmas. Thanks, as always! x
I love the eco crayons you recommended and went hunting for them here in the U.S. when you mentioned them before. So cool! We love audio books when we travel – there’s a Beverly Clearly set via Audible that’s so fun for the whole family. And have you heard of Mrs Piggle Wiggle? My kids love to listen to them at bedtime!
I used to LOVE the Mrs Piggle Wiggle books when I was young, and I had completely forgotten about them! Thank yo for the reminder. We’ll try to track them down when we’re in the US this summer. xx
By virtue of living a few miles outside of our town, we are in the car quite a bit on most days shuttling to and from the stores and activities. Our three (7, 5 and almost 2) love to listen to the Magic Treehouse book series. They are great for boys and girls! Just another recommendation for an audio library!
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