Post # 1
Was hoping I could use your expertise. I don’t have children of my own and am very inexperienced with them.
I have 2x beautiful nephews, 2yr and 4yr. Due to being away a lot last year, we missed their birthdays and Christmas so we really want to get them both generous Christmas presents.
The problem is they already have SO many toys.
I wanted to buy some sort of investment for when they turn 18 but dh is against that idea.
I was thinking an experience, or sporting goods (too young?) otherwise I’m coming up short. They have a tiny courtyard backyard so a trampoline/cubby etc is out. Don’t have a carseat or the facilities to put a carseat in our car (really strict rules here in Aus) so we can’t take them out ourselves at this point.
Any suggestions? Happy to spend up to $600 for the two of them, but would be happy to buy a joint present for both of them too.
Post # 2
Depending on where they live, season passes to a children’s museum, a zoo, or aquarium. Getting them tickets to experiences would be fantastic. (I wish we lived close to something like this personally.)
Another gift that you could get is books, granted you probably don’t want to spend $600 on books, but it could be part of a gift. Or a children’s magazine subscription.
Another gift idea would be a year long subscription to either a craft box, STEM box, or another monthly subscription based on thier interests. Something like this:
Post # 3
You could take them to a play centre or one of the zoo’s if you want to do an experience. The Children’s museum at Melbourne Museum is really cool as well. Both the zoo and the museum are accessable by public transport and I remember my nieces and nephews loved catching the train or tram when younger.
You could also use the money to buy the family a day out. Tickets to a children’s show or the like.
I would also ask the parents. My cousin only suggests clothes as it is more practical for them since they live in a small house.
Post # 4
Our go-to gift was always remote control vehicles. Kids love them.
Post # 5
I really think you should save your money and buy them books or pyjamas or like a pp suggested, a membership somewhere. As lovely as your generosity is, I don’t see much point in spending that much on kids who aren’t in need. Save it for a birthday when they are old enough to need something like a new surf board.
Kids that age have a very pure appreciation for things that we may view as insignificant. My sons absolute favourite gift ever was a polished rock that a school friend gave him for his 6th birthday. It cost $1.00. He talks about it daily, and no, he’s not deprived of other things to talk about!
I buy my niblings (5 of them, aged 3-13) each a book every year for Christmas and they all love it and look forward to finding out which book Auntie Daisy123 is getting them.
Post # 6
I love the book tradition, but then again, I am such a bookworm.
Post # 7
An annual pass at a zoo would be great or books. I always say to people to give our DS books. He loves them, we love reading to him and they dont take up too much space.
If you want to give them some money too as an investment to their future you could open them a savings account with the money you would have spent and keep topping up on birthdays and christmas. Would be a nice addition to their uni fund or house fund. We have an ISA for our son which he can have once he turns 18, but we will tell him he can only use the money to pay for education or a house (and not a massive piss up in Ibiza)
Post # 8
My nephew has just turned 2 and I’ve been told by his parents to buy him something small like a book or nothing as they don’t want him to be spoilt! I do think experiences like zoo passes are lovely. I don’t think you need to spend $600 though
Post # 9
TBH I always ask my sis what my nephew needs. He is two and has tons of toys. This year is the first time Santa will be there so he asked for books. He will get those of course since my sis gave them a nod. Usually she asks for clothing or gift cards for clothing stores.
Post # 10
I think at 2 and 4 they won’t understand the generosity of spending that amount on them. Save it til they are older and presents suddenly become much more expensive! My 9 year old nephew requested an iPad this year for his birthday, where as at 2 he was just happy withtaking wrapping paper off and toys that made noise and at 4 it was whatever his favourite kids tv show was at the time.
Speak to their parents, they know the kids best, but I do know with my nephews at that age they preferred to open physical presents at Christmas and as they couldn’t read at 2 and we’re just reading at 4, they wouldn’t have appreciated a gift card for the zoo or anything because it wasn’t something they could play with there and then on Christmas morning.
Post # 11
1. Kids that age don’t have a concept of expensive vs. Inexpensive. Every 2 year old I’ve ever met spends way more time playing with the empty boxes than what is in them.
2. Kids that age do not get the concept of “expensive gift = substitute for not spending time with you”. If you want to make up for being away a lot last year, then do it by spending more time with them now, not with your checkbook. Make a concerted effort to get over there and have quality bonding time every few weeks. Because when the shiny newness wears off of whatever $600 object you buy, they are still going to remember you being gone and not equate the two (well, the 2 year old won’t remember…the 4 year old probably will)
3. Get them each what you would normally get (for example a smaller toy or a book or a magazine subscription in their name…little kids LOVE getting mail) and if you still want to do an extra, make it a family gift like a family subscription to whatever is nearby (children’s museum, science museum, community pool or water park, zoo, etc.)
Post # 12
I would ask the parents before buying any sort of season passes or things of that nature.
Magnatiles/Playmags are a big hit in our house with our 3 year old. Kids kindle? I would definitely ask on that too.
As a few pp have said, young kids probably aren’t going to appreciate tickets or future experiences for gifts at Christmas. They just don’t have the understanding.
Post # 13
I’m with dh here, an investment is a lovely idea but not practical. Money changes value in such a quick tempo nowadays… 600 $ at the moment is a big amount but in 10 years time probably worth a whole lot less.
You mentioned that your car isn’t okay for the car seats but would it be possible to borrow their family car and take them out to do something awesome? Or perhaps with their parents too, maybe an amusement park day? 🙂
Post # 14
I think $600 is way to much for kids that age, particularly from an aunt and not their parents.
I would ask their parents, they know the kids best and they should get a say over what they want in their home or where the kids are taken on a day out.
Post # 15
That’s very generous of you, but nothing fires the imagination at that age like cheap and low tech gifts. Ask the parents about contributing to the kids savings accounts with the rest of the money.
My daughter’s favorite toy is a house I made her out of an amazon shipping box. She’s 3 and a half, and will often invite her little friends into her house too. Other than that, here are toys she really enjoys: she has a doctors set, magnetic tiles, books, an easel with a chalkboard, and little cars. I wouldn’t buy her any expensive toys at this stage, they’d be lost on her.