I found this article on Pinterest of 18 Non-Toy Gifts for Toddlers and knew I needed to create something from it as our gift to all of these parties. Because really, what toddler *needs* another toy??
I opted for something somewhat practical and educational – a bird feeder!
I like to give "packaged" gifts, so I also bought some bird seed in bulk:
And each child got a book about birds. Every book was unique because I scored them at Half Price Books – my favorite book store.
To me, for toddlers and any age, it isn't about what is spent on the gift monetarily but the thought that counts. Maybe I'm tooting my own horn but I feel like this is a really thoughtful gift and I did it for a lot of kids on a very tight budget!
I'm so proud of how they turned out!
Of course each gift needed its own hand made, coordinating card! I used scraps for the cards (as I always do) so nothing was spent on them.
For the bird seed in each gift, I used mason jars I had on hand (because everything looks cuter in a mason jar!) and decorated them with scrap fabric, tags and twine. Again, all things I already had in my craft supplies.
I bought bags and tissue from Five Below in really fun, bright colors so each gift would be wrapped in an exciting way.
The feeders were on sale when I initially placed my order so each toddler gift was less than $15 total - including wrapping materials, feeder, book and bird seed. Hopefully this post doesn't make me sound too cheap...just creative :)
Each toddler I've given the feeders to so far seems really thrilled with the gift (at least their parents do!). It's something that doesn't clutter their house, since it hangs on the outside of the window, the bird seed all goes into the feeder so in the end they can recycle the card, save the jar for something and save the bag/tissue for another gift!