Plan your Christmas gift-giving wisely for babies and toddlers, this is a huge money saving opportunity…
Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers is endless. Buying gifts for babies and toddlers is probably one of the easiest stages of parenting, they are too young to have any concept of whether a gift costs £2 or £200 and they are not sat there constantly changing their minds every time something flashy or noisy appears on the TV.
My overwhelming message to you is to take advantage of this phase while you can! You do not need to spend a fortune on children this young at Christmas, they will not know any different! Now I am not saying buy them nothing but I am saying have a careful plan and you will not only save money on Christmas gifts, but for other times in the year as well.
I will assume you have set a budget for your baby or toddler’s gifts before I begin with my top tips!
Before you look for Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers read our top tips below.
- Dispel the myths
If you have other children, nieces or nephews or have seen what others spend on their baby or toddler at Christmas you do not need to spend an ‘equal amount’. It is not a competition between children or others children to see who has the most.
2. Work out what 20% of your budget is
Once you have decided what your budget is for gifts for your baby or toddler, work out what 20% of the budget is. For example if your budget is £100 then 20% is £20.
If your child has a bank account, transfer the money to their account instead of spending it on additional gifts. Our budget is now reduced to £80.
Imagine if you did this every Christmas and Birthday until they turned 18? That would at least £720 (more with interest) that your child will have to start their adult lives.
3. Make a list of potential gifts for your baby or toddler
But what do you buy them you ask? This is where my planner comes in. Read on below to see where I explain some of the categories. The first column on the plan is what I work with and I use the headings across the top of the other columns to give me extra inspiration.
Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers is straightforward once you know how.
Download our gift buying plan here
Something to read:
Select a book that is going to be suitable for the next 6-12 months. Young children love books and they are one of the most beneficial gifts you can give.
Something to wear:
A beautiful Christmas outfit that you have spent a small fortune on is not going to give you the same cost per wear as something like the next size pair of pyjamas which will last you a season.
Middle Size present:
For me, this has to be an open ended toy. This is something which endless play possibilities, think wooden blocks, puzzles, and other Montessori aligned materials.
Something from the Santa list:
Unlike older children, babies and toddlers are hopefully less demanding when it comes to ‘the list’. I would select again something open-ended which will give them months of playtime. This will save you money in the longer term as you are not having to constantly replace loud, flashy toys as they get bored.
Something they need:
This could be anything. At such a young age it might be the next size clothes, the next size shoes, toddler plates/cups, or even a highchair. You might think that all sounds boring but this is money you are going to spend at some point in the near future anyway. Be your future friend and put it under the Christmas tree, at such a young age the joy is in the wrapping paper anyway.
This could be something you make yourself (which I would love to do but never have the time) or it could be something you buy from Etsy, a local market or from a business you see on Facebook. There are loads of small businesses out there who need your support!
eBay/charity shop bargain:
This gift is meant to foster a sense of ‘reuse and recycle’. It can be anything. The ideal gift in this category is a balance bike.
I have seen so many social media posts where the stocking gifts cost more than the main gifts. Keep it simple and do not go overboard with ‘tat’ – remember you have to find a home for it all. I tend to buy three items for the stocking; something small (usually less than £5), a new bath toy and a chocolate of some sort (which is a personal choice but you could put a packet of toddler crisps in there).
Cash in the bank:
I have already told you how beneficial this is. It is a the makings of a future nest egg you can give your child when they turn 18. Its also a great idea for family and friends to contribute towards too.
Click here to read my suggestions for baby and toddler gifts for 2020.
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