Easy Toddler Gifts

by HEAB on May 3, 2013

We’ve been busy this spring!

Spending a lot of time at various parks….

Dragon Park – a local favorite.

Eating A LOT of these…

Starbucks Spinach Feta Wrap – I’m addicted!  

 I never understood why people would sit and wait in a long line at the Starbucks drive-thru when it would be quicker to simply walk inside.  However, with multiple children strapped into car seats, I get it now.  Drive-thru people, I’m sorry for judging you as I have now joined your ranks.

We’ve also been attending numerous toddler birthday parties.  I’ve been trying to get creative with our gifts for several reasons.  First off, like many of our friends’ homes, our house is filled with toys.  So I’d rather not add to the clutter.  Secondly, since the cost of birthday presents can really add up, I’ve been making gifts.  I usually use this method for making a wax crayon batik drawing and then put it in a simple frame.  These all took less than 30 minutes to make, and you can add a personal touch by asking the mom what her toddler is into these days.

This was for our friend Taylor, who turned one last week.  He’s into trucks and choo-choo trains.

Collette turned two and loves hearts and lambs…

For her gift, I also painted the glass of an empty frame with chalkboard paint and included a box of chalk and an eraser.

For Hugh’s first birthday, he got a sun…

I love making gifts for our kids’ friends as I love to draw and paint.  I used to paint a lot more in high-school and college, but then I started running…and that kind of snowballed into spending ALL of my free time either exercising or thinking about exercise.  It’s good to be creating again.  Didn’t realize how much I’d missed it!

Besides the whole Starbucks drive-thru thing, I never understood women that had whole areas of their homes devoted to gift wrapping.  Yeah, totally get that one now too…

I had just as much fun wrapping these gifts as I did making them.  It’s amazing what you can do with a little Kraft paper and washi tape.

Hope all of you are enjoying spring, and Katie, I promise the snow will end soon!