Having a birthday right around Christmas makes an already tricky person to buy for, even more tricky. Paisley, our soon to be 2 year old, falls right into that category.
She already has so much that was Dexter’s or her cousin’s and we’ve just had Christmas too, finding ideas for her birthday was going to be even more difficult. So here are some ideas, just in case you happen to be in a similar boat…
Something for outside…
At the time of writing this, we currently have a balance bike and a scooter and we’re debating which one should be for Christmas and which should be for her birthday but both gifts are perfect for little explorers, especially those with older siblings that speed off ahead.
We got her a balance bike a couple of years ago. She was only 6 months old at the time but there was a particularly good deal on when we were getting one for Dexter so we got her one too and kept it in the loft.
The Scooter we have chosen for her is this JD Bug Junior Kids MS100, which we were kindly sent from Skates. It does say it is suitable for kids 4 and above so I let her have a little test on it to make sure she could use it and she seems fairly confident on it.
Paisley will be starting pre-school not long after her second birthday. She absolutely adores wearing Dexter’s backpack and can say it very clearly so we opted to get her this beautiful personalised one of her own to take with her when she starts. She is going to absolutely love it! We were sent this one from Born Gifted and I can’t wait to give it to her.
Something for Dexterity
Paisley absolutely loves doing puzzles so we are likely to get her some new ones to go into our ever-expanding collection. We particularly like ones that teach shapes or letters and numbers. Something I’ve always liked the look of since having Dexter is the Mellisa and Doug latch board so perhaps that will be on our list.
We love books and although it doesn’t happen religiously, we do read to our kids very often. We regularly take trips to the library so some new books will definitely be on the list. I’ve been paying attention to a lot of the messages that come across in the books that we read out children lately and 2 favourites that we’ve borrowed from the library are Odd Dog Out and Stardust. Both of which I’ve decided to own as they have good, positive messages about being different. My friend Hannah who writes Hi Baby has also compiled a brilliant guide to building a feminist library for toddlers, so I’ll be adding a few books based on her suggestions.
We bought Dexter a play kitchen from Ikea for his second Christmas (or was it a birthday?) and recently they have both started to play with it together. I’m thinking of adding a few hooks to the side of it to add a toy dustpan and brush, maybe get some new play food and crockery to add to the collection. Paisley loves to copy me and often gets the broom out or follows me around with the toy Dyson so anything, where she can copy what we adults do, will go down really well, I think.
The last thing we will get her is some new underwear. She is able to tell us when she has had a poo and once or twice has been able to tell us beforehand so I don’t think it will be long before she is ready to be potty trained. Liam thinks it’s not a great gift idea but really want to get her some knickers. I think she’ll find it really exciting and it doesn’t mean we will start potty training straight away. But it doesn’t mean she will be able to try putting them on (even if it’s on her head) and she has something to look forward to.
I’m so excited to see her turn two years old. she’s turned into such a clever and cheeky little thing lately. She always has us in hysterics every day with her funny ways. What did you get your 2 year old? Are we missing anything? We still have a little time so would love to know your suggestions.