It is hard to find special gifts for the children in your life. Birthdays and holidays bring with them a little bit of stress because you want to find the perfect present for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, and friend’s new baby. Many children have plenty of clothing and many homes are transformed into brightly colored plastic kingdoms when a baby arrives, so what can you buy for a little one and their parents that will be memorable and unique?
Here are some ideas for this holiday season and beyond:
A photo mosaic is a great way to capture many special photos in one gorgeous wall-hanging. Sure to be memorable and long-lasting, this gift will be one for which parents are grateful because it gets all of those digital photos off of the computer and onto the wall! Design A Mosaic creates a beautiful photos mosaic using a very sophisticated process. The customer service is top-notch, as is the resulting product. I highly recommend this as a gift for parents. It is especially nice for those with a younger child as you can capture an entire year’s worth of photos in one mosaic. Design A Mosaic is offering a 10% discount for examiner.com readers. Simply enter MerryChristmasMoms at checkout to enjoy the savings.
A customized book is a wonderful way to encourage a child to read. As parents know, when a child hears his name, he pays attention and the books from custommadeforkids.com include not only the child’s name, but names of many people who care about him as well. I had the opportunity to preview “The First Adventures of Incredible You” and my husband and I both had tears in our eyes when we finished reading it. More importantly, it is a go-to book for our son. He loves the rhythm of the story and the beautiful and brightly-colored pictures throughout. Custom Made For Kids is offering examiner.com readers 15% off. Just enter custom15 at checkout. You will not be disappointed with this purchase and the customer service is outstanding if you find yourself needing help with the process. The owners are quick to answer their email and their kindness is unmatched in service these days.
Another company also makes customized books - Customstorybooks.com. Better yet, though, is the name train they offer. It can be ordered in any combination of letters and you can rest easy knowing that the trains are made in the USA with non-toxic paints. The owner of customstorybooks.com has actually toured the plant where the trains are made. She clearly takes pride in providing quality products to customers. The train is simply adorable and is truly a keepsake. Whether used as a toy or as a very cute display, the item will last forever and is certainly something that could be taken off to college in years to come and possibly even passed down to a “junior” one day. The owner is very nice and responds quickly to inquiries.
If you like the idea of a personalized item, but a book or train is not for you, check out the great name puzzle at PipSqueak Boutique. Made from wood and with vibrant colors, this is a gift an older child can enjoy while helping to teach letters and spelling of his name. The owner of this shop is also quite nice and very quick to respond to any questions about her products – she knows her line well.
Imprecious.com offers a very unique gift, probably suited to mothers of younger children. She just started offering a necklace made of silver out of a mold of your baby’s toes. I did not get to preview one, but it looks like it could be a very unique piece of jewelry.
Happy shopping! If you know of other unique gifts for parents or their children, please comment below.