My Bean is turning 1 soon (too soon) and I have been racking my brain over the last couple of weeks as to what to get him as a gift. Being his parents, I want us to get him something special and unique and not simply another ‘run of the mill’ gift from a shop. I have therefore done some research on educational gifts which are unique and different. Being a work from home mom myself, I also want to support fellow momtrepreneurs and all the gift ideas listed below are thus made / managed by fellow South African mommies.
If you are a mom, grandmother, aunt or anyone special in a little one’s life, have a look at this list – not only will you find a unique gift idea, you will find a present which will provide a special little being joy for months to come:
Quiet Book by Chuchi Baby Swag
Momtrepreneur, Sarah, specialises in custom made baby bags, nursery room linens, cloth nappies, quilts, quiet books, sensory toddler cubes and play mats. She designs and makes all of her products herself based on the customer’s specific theme and requirements. It’s easy to see that every piece is made with a lot of love and attention to detail. Her prices are fair and her service is excellent.
Pictures from the Chuchi Baby Swag Facebook page.
Activity Board by Nurture Nest
Nurture Nest is an online store specialising in maternity wear, baby products and educational toys. They have new and pre-loved products as well as a community section which re-homes new and used baby goods and nursery equipment to charities and families in need. In addition, owner Kim, makes her own affordable custom activity boards: you can choose which accessories your child will like best (for example light switches, door handles, tv remotes or keys, to name a few) as well as the colour. Kim is reliable and she provides good quality products.
I signed us up for this service a while back and simply love it. We get two age appropriate books, a backdated magazine, free downloadable activities and crafts as well as a themed carry bag every month. This subscription only costs R 160.00 a month and the service really is reliable.The positive effects of reading in children and adults have been well documented and this gift will enrich any child’s life.
Clever Activity Boxes by Skidz
Chantelle, owner of Skidz, together with other experts in early childhood development, created her range of Clever Activity Boxes when she wanted to help her own children reach their developmental milestones through play. Skidz is a home stimulation programme which has been packaged into 4 age related clever boxes. Each box contains a variety of age appropriate activities (including the toys and accessories needed for these activities) as well as a curriculum and a guide to help you create your own curriculum. This is such a fabulous gift, offering hours and hours of educational entertainment.