Your challenge: December holidays are not an all-too-distant memory—and yet it’s already time to buy gifts to mark monthly holidays. On one hand, this is a treat for you as you start looking at Valentine’s Day, Easter and even St. Patrick’s Day in a whole new way. But, on the other hand, you’re starting to wonder how to select seasonal gifts that won’t just end up at the bottom of the toy bin before the next month’s holiday.
The solution: Remember that you and your little one may have very different ideas of what a “gift” should be. To many of us adults, it feels like an occasion for something elaborate—when, in reality, our little ones are perfectly content with something small and meaningful.
Aim for gifts with a longer lifespan: It doesn’t take long into the parenting journey to realize many baby items only serve a purpose (albeit an important purpose) for a short period of time. But while your baby will have very different interests and needs in even a few months time, books are always a good bet. Whether you go for one related to the holiday, a classic near and dear to your own heart or an engaging new board book, including at least one book in each holiday’s gift roundup is something both you and your little one can feel good about.
And for others that serve a developmental purpose: At the same time, there is something special about selecting a gift that is unique to your child’s current phase—such as a sweet, holiday-themed teether set or stroller toy. (Not to mention, can you say “photo opportunity”?)
But have fun with it, too: At the end of the day, you probably won’t remember what your baby’s Easter basket or Fourth of July gift pile was stocked with five years from now—but you will remember the special occasion of sharing the holiday magic with them. That’s why there’s nothing wrong with being a little self-serving about the process, too, and using it as a chance to make your little one’s eyes light up with the toys they’ve been eyeing lately.
Pro tip: Think about starting your stockpile of holiday-themed toys that will feel fresh and exciting when you pull them out from storage each year.
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