Post # 1
My close cousin’s daughter (Girl 1) and son (Boy) and my FH’s little girl cousin (Girl 2) be a part of our wedding party. Girl 1 and Boy are 7 and 4, respectively. Girl 2 is only about 2. So Girl 1 definitely has her own taste and opinions now. I have something in mind for both girls as gifts, but is it normal to check with their parents to make sure it’s something they would want? I have no idea what to get for the Boy so was wondering if I should ask the parents. Or is it better to sort of “surprise” the parents as well? I guess a related question is – is it more a gift for the parents or both the child? If it’s more for the child, then I think it would be ok to talk to the parents beforehand, but in the case of Girl 2, I think it would be more a nice gesture for the parents since Girl 2 is so young and won’t really understand the idea of getting a gift.
Post # 3
Even at 2, she would still be excited about getting something special! You could do two small gifts, one for her and one more for her parents like a gift card or something.
Pillow Pets are big right now! They’re big pillows that look like animals. They fold up and velcro together and then they look more like regular stuffed animals. I teach 3-4 year olds and they LOVE them. I like them because they are cute, and practical. You can also easily find them at a lot of major department stores and they usually are $10-20 depending on where you get them.
For the 7 year olds, check with their parents about these, but I know other kids around that age who love WebKinz. They’re like beanie babies, but they come with a code that lets them play games online for awhile. They run around $15-20 as well. I think you can get them at Hallmark, along with Silly Bands, which I’m sure they would love too!
Hope that helps! I definitely would get them each a little gift, and if you wanted to get something for their parents, I’m sure they would appreciate a gift card or even coupon for a free night of free babysitting or something like that.
Post # 4
I think it’s always a nice idea to get them something that will keep them occupied during the ceremony too. It could be a coloring book and crayons or an entertaining book, in addition to a bigger gift. This will help the parents keep them entertained so they aren’t interrupting the ceremony. I have been to several weddings where the younger kids in the bridal party were very wild and the only thing they had to keep them occupied was candy! More sugar is not the answer to unruly children!!!
Post # 5
I am giving my girls little piggy banks with their names on them. I also bought 5 dollars in the $1 gold coins to put in there.
Post # 6
For little girls, a small engraved jewelry box is a nice gesture. You could engrave the girl’s name, your wedding date and a short personal message. Although the two year old is too young to appreciate it now, it can be displayed on a shelf for now. http://www.thingsremembered.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentPageView?storeId=10001&catalogId=9951&linkContent=KeepsakeBox&loc=1&int=kbpromo_img&position=LJEWELRYbotCbutBoth of my flower girls are seven and I am doing this as well as an “activity kit” as PP suggested.
Silly bands, pillow pets and webkinz (you can find them in two packs pretty cheap right now) are all great ideas for the older kids too.
As far as asking the parents, if it is safe and non-offensive then I don’t see why you can’t surprise them with the gift as well. If you need a size or something like that then by all means ask. I think a gift card for the parents is also a nice gesture if you can afford it. A gift card for $50 to go out to dinner would really be appreciated I’m sure.