Why Wooden Toys are the Perfect Toys

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With two young children, we found it difficult to find toys that were built to last, stood the test of time and maintained the interest of our children. Wooden toys do just that, and because our children like them so much we set up a business selling wooden toys and gifts.

Durability

Wooden toys are built to stand continuous and prolonged use, not like some plastic toys which only seem to last five minutes before one bit or another gets damaged and then they are resigned to the bin.

Traditional

Wooden toys have been around for years and continue to stand the test of time. Whilst other games come and go, the doll’s house, rocking horse or wooden toy-shop will always remain a firm favorite with children offering hours of fun after the latest craze has been and gone.

Educational

Role-playing toys in particular feed the imagination and help bring to life the sense of adventure children is often looking for, be it dressing up as Superman or pretending to be a pirate on the high seas.

Value for Money

Long lasting yet affordable, it really is worth spending money on wooden toys. There are many toys available at less than £10, even the most substantial toy can be bought for under £100. This is very little when compared to computers and other electronic toys, particularly when the games are extra.

Fun

Not only are wooden toys durable, traditional, education and value for money, most important of all they are fun to play with, ensuring your child will be occupied and entertained for hours at a time.

How to Wrap Adorable Baby Shower Gifts

Are you going to a baby shower?  Gifts for babies are always so cute – here are some ideas to create gift wrapping that is just as adorable as the gift you are giving.

If you know the baby is expected to be a boy or a girl, sometimes it is fun to wrap a gift in “baby boy blue” or “baby girl pink” – but remember we have many other colors in the rainbow to choose from!  Here are some other options to get your creative juices flowing.

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Going to a shower and the mother is not sure if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl?  Wrap the baby gift in white paper and tie the gift with two ribbons instead of one – use one pink and one blue.  Tie the blue and pink ribbons together and tape to the back of the package.  Then have the ribbon form a bow on the front of the package from the two colors of ribbon.

Want to add a cute topping to any baby shower package?  Add a rattle, teething ring, baby mittens, hairbow, small picture frame, Christmas ornament or a small stuffed animal.  All of this items can be fastened with the ribbon you tie the gift with – and these items can also be used by the baby.  You can always check party favors from party supplies Perth to get more ideas on your baby shower and baby shower gifts.

Love teddy bears?  Do a teddy bear gift wrap!  Use gift wrap paper that has teddy bears on it, or a soft cocoa-colored gift wrap paper.  But a small teddy bear on the top of your package and tie with a brown or a white bow.  You can often find teddy bear rattles or teething rings that have teddy bears on them.

Quack quack quack!  Wrap with a duck theme!  Use yellow paper or paper with ducks on it and tie with a large orange ribbon.  Top your gift with a traditional yellow rubber duck.

For a pretty look for a spring baby shower consider a very floral look.  Wrap a gift with floral or plain but colored paper.  Use a green or purple ribbon and tie it in a bow.  Top the package with some fresh spring flowers.  Cut the stems of the flowers very short.  Add the flowers the morning of the baby shower for best presentation.

Does the baby have an older sibling?  Consider giving a small gift to this sibling.  A new baby is often a hectic time and seeing their new brother or sister get so many gifts can sometimes be overwhelming, and leave many children feeling a little forgotten.  Consider getting an older sibling a storybook or a stuffed animal as a special big brother/big sister gift.

When You Give A Gift, It’s The Thought That Counts, Right?

It’s a no-no to tell someone you don’t like their gift because it’s the thought that counts, right?

Sure, but just how ‘nice’ are your thoughts towards your gift giver who doesn’t listen in order to know what your likes and dislikes are?

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How disappointed are you when with anticipation you unwrap your gift to stare down at an ugly pair of socks, or when your husband of four years decides his wife would absolutely love a broom for Valentine’s Day?

Gift giving is more than just the thought. It’s the thought, the gift, the intention – the whole package. The best gifts are ones that directly think of the recipient, that’s truly when the thought counts.

If you know your boyfriend will just about die for the whole collection of South Park, then why buy him a tie? What value would your girlfriend find in a pretty package of art supplies when she has no interest in painting?

We’ve devoted a whole page on our website with “Horror Gifts” Received.

Take for example the man who received a box of chocolates from his girlfriend who should have known that he was allergic to it. Or the man whose girlfriend gave him tickets to a show he didn’t want to see.

When it comes to your loved ones, gifts shouldn’t be given out of obligation but from the heart. Gifts that are appreciated can be practical or they can be impractical. This depends on what your recipient wants or would like.

When I was at college I really needed a text book on C programming. I kept borrowing a copy from the library but there were times when they were all taken.

At that time, I couldn’t afford to buy one for myself. How would I have loved a text book as opposed to the sterling silver bracelet my then boyfriend gave me? It was a lovely gesture but…

To find the perfect gift, we have to tune into that person. Listen to what they have to say. Did you watch the Friends episode where Ross bought Rachel the broche she had seen in a shop window some months ago?

What’s what I mean by tuning in. Find what the person wants and then give it to them. That’s when the thought really counts.

You know when you have done a good job with your gift selection when you absolute astonish your recipient.

There are times when we don’t know what our recipient would like.

There are ‘safe gifts’ we can give. Safe gifts are flowers, a gift basket perhaps, even a bottle of wine – something that is popularly considered ‘nice’. Safe gifts are what we give people we don’t’ know too well.

From someone that has been disappointed many times and astonished others, if you are to give, listen to what your recipient wants. You will find they will treasure you and your gesture 100 fold.