I've been buried under a huge pile of stuff this morning. The holiday's do that to me; too much to do, too much to buy, too much input and I start cleaning out. Because I can't stand to have a stuff-ed house.
Turns out the great entitlement experiment has shown it's colors. I grew up in a generation that was denied nothing, and from the time we could touch a keyboard the world was literally at our fingertips. The result? A whiplash turn to minimalism and social conciousness bordering on insanity.
And then, as if millennials weren't already driving everyone crazy, we went and started having kids. Lots of them.
It turns out that when you come of age during a reccesion, you find other things to do with your time than spend money. (Ahem.)
I think we can mostly agree that as a society and culture that has everything, less really is more. We are all tired of spending our time maintaining our stuff instead of living a life. So what does that look like when you have lots of kids to buy for? Confusing.
Fortunately, I have a little (x5) experience on this issue. You see, I'm one of those minimalist, socially conscious millennials that has lots of kids. (And a small house.)
Even if I wanted my kids to each get just one gift from their grandparents this holiday season that would add up to at least fifteen more things to store and maintain around here. And it's not likely any grandparent only wants to get one thing.
So I present to you a Gift Guide for Boomlets:
Delivered right to your door these phenomenon can be a gift giving dream come true. Most of the time it's something consumable, or intangible so they take up almost no space. And there is something for every single kid.
A few favorites:
Kiwi Crate for your crafter.
Tinker Crate for your handy.
Sparkle Stories for the story insatiable.
Wild Explorers Club for your adventurous.
Little Passports for the wanderlust inspired.
Raddish for your little chef.
Bonus: Most of these have something tangible you can get to compliment the box. You could go ahead and order the first box, or grab something that would compliment or inspire what is inside!
Do you remember hoarding stickers when you were little? No? Just me? I don't know about everyone else's house, but we use craft supplies up in this house like they are going out of style. No watercolors can stand. Crayons are diminished to nubs.
Never have I ever seen my kids not delighted to open a fresh supplies for their creativity. Come to think of it, when was the last time you weren't delighted walking down the office supply aisle?
My point exactly.
Endlessly useful, consumable, and delightful. Perfect gift. Bam.
Fine. I get it. No one wants to be the person that buys a kid clothes for Christmas. And quite frankly? That can be a little tricky anyway.
Practical sure, but more than that, all the extra's that get by-passed by mom and dad as not-quite-practical enough to fit into normal clothing budget have the advantage of novelty.
Gift giving rules clearly state that novelty is always a win.
This one is a little controversial. Actually way controversial!
My oldest is seven and we are just now allowing even a little bit of screen time. But tech can be a really awesome thing to get when it's approved and in context.
These headphones? Could be dream come true. Mom can control what goes in, but the kid gets some awesome gear.
An mp3 player loaded with stories and books? Such a win.
A camera? So much fun.
So this one should totally be discussed, but might be great option.
Classic doesn't have to mean boring.
Now the problem with books is that they won't get you the flash and bang of an exciting gift. It has to be the acceptance of repeated delight. Because that's what books are, a fresh love that goes a little deeper each time they are opened.
This is what to go for if you're looking for endurance, heirloom, and milage.
A few quick suggestions?
This Beatrix Potter is timeless and so beautiful that my kids don't mind just sitting down and browsing through it.
I'm rereading this collection of Winnie the Pooh and it get's funnier as kids age. Layers upon layers.
Just need something flat funny? Go with Dragons Love Tacos.
Something clever to read out loud? The Gruffalo for the the win.
Something unfailingly sweet? The Oak and the Acorn.
Inspiring? What Do You Do With An Idea?
Holiday? Bob Humbug.
You know how I know kids will love those books forever? Because I have most of those books memorized from reading them so much completely at my kids' request.
So that about covers it. Do you have anymore great gift ideas that stray away from more toys and stuff to store?
***Bonus:On the What Are You Doing Podcast Jennifer and I are talking fun gift ideas for grown-ups. Go check it out!***