It seems that most children today have everything. This can make the task of finding that special gift a difficult one. Most of us wish to find that special something that will be a reminder of us in that special child's life for years to come. As a mother of two small children I delight when my children receive quality gifts that will last, as opposed to a poorly made products. The fact is that so many of the products available for purchase today are transient, that is, they are mass produced and made from poor materials, as such, they don't last or alternatively they are gifts that the child will grow out of. I have outlined 4 practical tips to assist with the purchase of a unique and lasting nursery gift.
1. Choose something that is unique and personal.
There are so many small businesses that specialise in unique and personalised gifts for babies and children. The great thing about personalised gifts is that they are unbranded and are often handmade. It is important to go for Australian made as this supports the local economy and helps to stimulate the Australian economy as a whole. Just be aware that these gifts often need to be ordered two weeks in advance. Often personalised unique gifts are more expensive, but they will last a lot longer than the first toy clean-out and remain an important part of the nursery and later the child's room for years to come. A great example is , they hand-make children's night lights, a fantastic idea that will be easily adapted to your child's room as they grow.
2. Choose a lasting gift.
Gifts that are made from quality materials will last the test of time. Again it may be more expensive to go for a gift that is made from quality materials but they will certainly last a lot longer than mass produced products.
3. Choose a gift that will grow with the child.
Often gifts are bought to suit the baby or child for a short period of time. This results in the gift lasting a very short period of time and is, therefore, unsustainable. Children grow and develop quickly which means they move on from toy to toy at a very fast rate. Try to go for a gift that they child will keep for years to come and cherish as a memory of you.
4. Teach our children to make sustainable choices.
It is important for the new generation to make greener more sustainable choices, choosing a product that is not mass produced is a better choice. Products that are mass produced are often less sustainable as there is often a lot of energy used in their manufacture and transport. Go for something unique and local and send a message that they can enjoy a product that is not branded and mass produced.
I hope that by following these simple steps you will find a great product that will be cherished for years to come. There are so many great Australian businesses out there creating unique and wonderful products for our children to delight in.