- Safe - age appropriate, spiritually appropriate, and not recalled, not something that will hurt them
- Gifts that do not compromise our Christian values
- Promotes creativity when possible. I would much rather give them a package of marker or crayons and some paper or a box of dress-up clothes than the cutest, most up-to-date whatsit that will simply sit on the shelf.
- Whenever possible - not something made in China
- Whenever possible - something handmade by me or someone on etsy or from our local fair trade store
- Books are always a good idea
- Preferably not plastic (exception: Legos).
As they grow older I would rather spend money buying experiences - trips, lessons, shared experiences. Kristi has already told Josh that someday Grandma will take him camping. But he is a bit young for that now. In a few years, LORD willing, Josh and Grandma will take the tent and head to the woods for a few days.
In the meantime, I'm still hunting for gifts. Kristi gave me a few ideas and I came up with one on my own. This little peasant blouse for Sadie (fabric -detail above-Mary Englebreit for Moda purchased a few years ago). It is such a sweet little blouse, I would love to have one for myself, except it would look like a maternity top and that is not the look I'm going for.