It can be tricky choosing presents for your own children never mind choosing presents for other people's children. The list of parties to go to and presents to buy can be quite daunting, especially if you have more than one child. Once children start school, their social calenders increase dramatically and keeping up can be hard work.
It's always nice to be able to buy a nice gift, but nice gifts don't have to cost the earth. We were really interested in hearing about Lisa's story, founder of what2buy4kids - here is what she says:
"I set up what2buy4kids after becoming frustrated with how difficult it was to find decent kids' birthday presents for friends of my children. Ever since my 3 children started going to birthday parties, I have tried to give children's gifts and presents that are both special and useful, rather than giving a present that will live with the other unwanted gifts at the bottom of the wardrobe!
My thoughts were that if I was finding it difficult to buy a good birthday present, then surely lots of other busy mums, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles would be finding it hard as well? So I decided to do something about it and to create a website full of great gift ideas for kids. And so what2buy4kids was born in early 2010!
If I can make your job of finding a gift for the children in your life easier, or help you to take some of the time and frustration out of the search for that special birthday gift, then it will all have been worthwhile.
It is also worth mentioning that all of our gifts have been tested by my 3 kids and their friends. I do this so that I can be sure that all of the presents that we offer will be loved by the girls and boys who will ultimately receive them. This is at the heart of everything we do and if we can make children smile when they open their present, then that is all I could ever ask for.
If you would like to know more about what we do, or if you have any questions, then I would love to hear from you. Please use the link at the bottom of the page to drop me an email and I promise to get back to you straight away."
Lisa's website is full of amazing gifts for children from 3-12 years and best of all there are gifts to suit every budget.
The website is very easy to navigate and gifts are listed in age and gender, saving parents time... always a winner in my book!
We tried out the Log Cabin Tent below. Now this is listed as a gift suitable for a nine year old boy, however we think that this crosses gender and age to mean it is a great gift for most children, perfect if you wanted to buy a gift for lots of children in a family, without getting them each an individual gift.
We also think items like these are great to have up your sleeve for rainy weekends or school holidays - lots of fun and fuels little imaginations!
Here are a few more details about the Log Cabin Tent...
Log Cabin Tent
- Bring the great outdoors inside with this fabulous kid's tent.
- Transform your child's bedroom or your living room into a campsite with this log cabin play tent.
- Children can have their very own adventures in the comfort of their home or garden.
- They love to use their imagination and will have great fun playing in this log cabin tent.
- Easy to assemble.
- Has see through mesh windows and velcro opening door.
- Can be used on a single bed or the floor.
- Much more exciting and cool than using sheets and chairs.
- Tent measures 32"W x 68"L x 33"H
- Recommended for kids age 3 and over.
- Comes all boxed up.
- Click on the images to enlarge.
- A great gift for children.
This really is a great gift! Children love making dens and this is so much better than dragging all your sheets and covers off all the beds in the house. It works really well when placed on the floor but putting it on the bed can be even more exciting, especially if your child has a cabin or bunk as this adds to the excitement.
This is just one example of a great gift available on Lisa's website but you should check out what else is available as you will be spoilt for choice irrespective of your per-gift budget. It's tempting to buy something from every category so you can always cover all bases.