Meaningful and Easy Gift Giving

Our son Trevor getting a picture of a tiger. He loves tigers. A tiger picture was not on his wish list - but you can see he loved this gift.

The challenge……Give the best gift ever, again for your loved ones and friends.

Gift Giving, do you ever feel that challenge?  I know I used to.  And then I started to get heart-felt gifts from my mother-in-law, and they meant a lot. She gave my daughter some cheap costume jewelry that belonged to her mother.  When I turned 40 years old, she gave me 40, $1 bills.  She bought her favorite game when she was a child and gave it to my son.   That really got me thinking about what the perfect gift is.  She found a card from Mark’s grandmother (who passed away when he was 22 years old) and framed it for him; it even had a long note handwritten to him.

Give fewer gift items.  I know most kids want electronic toys right now.  Give them a gift that is not electronic.  Studies have shown that it is not so healthy for them when they spend more than 2 or 3 hours a day using electronics. Moderation is definitely needed.  Plan ahead and starting thinking about the person you want to give a gift to.  It is a little harder under pressure to find that perfect gift.

Here is what the perfect gift is not:

She loves crazy fashion. No she didn't have these on her list either - but absolutely loved them.
  • It is not cheap toys that break the next day.
  • It is not always an electronic game or electronic toy.
  • It isn't always something on their list, sometimes especially with kids they don't know what they want.  And they might be pleasantly surprised with one of your ideas.  Others only want, what they want.

Here are some meaningful gift ideas:

  • Gifts that share a part of you with another family member. One year I gave my daughter my jewelry box from when I was a girl.  You can include a new piece of jewelry or an heirloom.

    This was not on her wish list, she had not even considered it. But the idea of doing an at home spa day really was exciting - I love that look on her face.
  • A book that was your favorite from your childhood.
  • A favorite toy from your childhood, and the memory that goes with it.
  • Something to stimulate a new interest or hobby.
  • A gift that leads to more learning and exploration is the gift that keeps giving.
  • A craft with a note to complete the project together.
  • Art supplies; a drawing easel, paper, markets, paints, etc.
  • A family gift with a coupon for game dates. Great for kids or friends.
  • Family favorite recipes in a book. You can include tools to prepare the item, or you can include a ready-made meal or dessert from one of the recipes.
  • Family photo album for your kids of all ages, or your parents. We went on a trip away from our kids for 2 weeks, so I made a small photo album for my 2 youngest kids. I took pictures of ourselves and the kids and included other pictures from the past few years.  I didn’t realize what a treasured gift that was.  Now even 10 years later, it is still a worn favorite treasure.  The best part…my youngest was only 2 years old, but she knows why she has it and she still values it.

    He is a builder and a book on Lego ideas was a spectacular gift. It wasn't on his wish list and he loved it more than the things he wanted. Rather than a new set of legos, this book helped open a new world of possibilities.
  • A plant for the garden like a new rose bush.
  • A gift that encourages a sport like skates or bike accessories.
  • Give a gift of music. CD’s, iTunes gift card, a musical instrument, music lessons or new music to play.
  • Puppets are a timeless gift. We sell a variety of puppets. It was a toy that was played with by my children from toddlers to adult.  We told stories with the puppets, they acted out plays with the puppets, they talked to the puppets and they talked back, and they entertained others.  It is a very interactive gift.
  • Give a membership to a zoo or museum. That actually was a past favorite of my children.
  • Give a gift certificate to a toy store and a shopping trip with it that includes lunch. Quality time and a quality gift that they get to pick out.
He loves music and a piano keyboard belt really nailed a perfect gift for him. Also, not on his list.

Need some more ideas?  Check these 26 gift ideas out.

If you can’t or don’t have time to shop for your loved ones, we can do the shopping for you.  No matter the time of the year or the occasion, if you give us a budget and information on the person you’re shopping for, we’ll take care of it for you.  We will even gift wrap and ship if needed.  We have many happy customers that take advantage of this FREE service year after year.  We even remember who and what you got in previous years so we don’t re-give the same gift.

Come to Indigo Mountain for all your gift-giving needs.  We sell online and at our location on Main St. in Safford, AZ.  You can’t go wrong with a gift from a toy store!

Do you have some favorite tips?  Please share with a comment below.

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