Birthday time for toddlers is rather magical: watching them rip open gifts, listening to the squeals of delight and seeing those smiling faces. What’s not so magical is the well-intentioned but inappropriate gifts that they may unwrap. Tiaras, toy drums, toy guns, sexy dolls? Can we ask -what’s the thinking here or was that the problem to begin with? So we thought we’d ask our community of mums what were the best gift their toddlers received that kept them happy and occupied for months or even years!
We’re all about buying the gift that lasts, so some are on the $$$ side – that’s why it’s best to GroupTogether for them. If 20 kids chip in $15 each, OMG! one AMAZING gift. If you’re nervous about the awkwardness of setting up a group gift for your own child – don’t be, group gifts are the new black. GroupTogether takes the awks away with stylish invitations and examples of polite ways to phrase the invitation. We also send reminders, collect contributions, track responses and transfer the gift funds as well as create the perfect card with everyone’s messages and photos.
If you’re still not sure, you can always ask a friend to set one up for you. Or better yet, use GroupTogether’s free concierge service to do it for you. But first, check out our best gift guide.
Your child’s very first bike, you want to make it a good one where they can develop their sense of balance and motor skills with as little stress as possible. There is a wide variety on the market from retro wooden fliers to high injection molded composite frames, all-available in a range of colours.
Tiny feet and huge imaginations will power their first car. This gift will be used for years, believe me, even when they’re too big to fit inside, they’ll ride on top. They come in all shapes and sizes and for the decadent splurge you can even buy a battery powered car too!
This is the perfect group gift for toddlers. It’s a high ticket item but it provides years of imaginative, fun playtime. Depending on space constraints and cost, you can choose from the classic one room house to a bespoke modern tree house cum playground.
A multipurpose life saver that is at the perfect size for little ones, allowing them to comfortably play, build, paint, draw and create. To keep the house neat and tidy, be sure to choose one with extra storage for all of the kiddies’ bits and bobs.
Really…is there any need to even explain this one? From toddler to tween this group gift is an absolute winner.
As a mum of 3 boys, I can testify that the doll pram is one of the best toys my kids ever received. For about 18 months my twins played with theirs non-stop. Occasionally they’d put the doll in there, but mostly they’d race them up and down the driveway filled with their favourite stuffed animals or trains and cars. Upgrade to a designer pram for the Princess or standard for everyone else. Perfect!
Ever collected from friends before? Inviting kids to a party and asking them to chip in for the gift your child would really like, can seem awkward. However, we believe that group gifts are the “new black”. Why? Well, from the perspective of the parents of the kids you are inviting, chipping in together is a god send. They don’t have to: figure out what gift your child would love, calculate if they can afford it, make a trip to the shops to buy it + wrapping paper + card or remember to bring it. It removes all of the uncertainty and anxiety of buying the right gift.
Also, from the perspective of the parents whose child is having the party, the idea of a gift they truly love is amazing. The awkwardness is in the etiquette of inviting and asking for a gift at the same time. Some parents are completely au fait with this and GroupTogether alleviates the awkwardness by providing examples of polite ways to phrase your invitation. Other parents would rather ask a friend or family member to set it up for them. Both ways are polite and you should choose what suits your personality best.
Either way, GroupTogether.com makes it easy. It’s free and fast to set up. Then we do the rest: invite, collect, remind, create a group card and transfer the money or an e-gift voucher to you.
Great group gifts for great teachers
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