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Best Kid Gift Ever… Plus a Pretty Package

I always thought once I became a parent it would be easier to buy gifts for kids.  Ironically, the process has only become harder.  I now know firsthand how easily plastic toys can overtake the house.  In an effort not to inflict this on my parent friends, I agonize over finding the perfect educational gift that’s not lame still fun.

Enter Amy at Let’s Explore with the world’s best gift idea for a child: The Book Series Sampler.  Simply pick 3-5 of your favorite age appropriate series and bundle together the first book from each.  (For pre-readers I might fudge a little and chose some that were written by a favorite author but not part of a formal series.)  This gift is so great because you can give it year after year and it never gets old.

Amy has suggestions for all kinds of different series (including chapter books, mysteries, and classics) so be sure to check out her post.  Read on for my young toddler selections and an extra special package to put it in.


1. An Eric Carle book (obvious but still a must) – I’d probably start with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
2. A Sandra Boynton book – Moo, Baa, La La La was C’s first so it’s a sentimental favorite.
3. A Skippyjon Jones book – He’s one naughty kitty boy (who thinks he’s a chihuahua).
4. A Duck & Goose book – I especially like the holiday books if the timing is right.


photo via Chez Beeper Bebe


And if you’re looking for presentation brownie points, make this fabulous tote with a built in library card holder from Chez Beeper Bebe.  It’ll come in handy for that library run to get the next book in the series.  As with most sewing projects, I’d recommend cheating a bit.  Buy a tote and follow the instructions to add on the letters and library card pocket.  Chez Beeper Bebe has the most amazing tutorials ever so even sewing novices like me shouldn’t have a problem.


Who would you give a Series Sampler to and which books would you include?


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Bernadette {Chic Spaces for Little Faces} January 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

This is a great gift idea. The tote is adorable too.

Love your blog too Steph. The name is so clever. Can’t wait to read more!


Holly January 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Thank you for sharing the link to my tutorial for the bag–and I fully endorse cutting corners and cheating when making things. That is part of the beauty of handmade–you can make it any way you want, invest as much time as you want, change it however you want.

Also, I too am an advocate of books as gifts. Very nice post.


Kristin January 17, 2011 at 3:04 am

Stopping by from Cool Kids and I love your blog!

Books make such a great gift. It’s even more fun now to give our favorites!


Stacy January 17, 2011 at 3:15 am

I love this idea as I always seem to struggle with gifts for birthdays. Thanks for the suggestion!


Stef January 17, 2011 at 4:06 am

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tayloredfor4 January 17, 2011 at 4:08 am

Very cool idea – I sometimes give books and matching plush characters (The Cat in the Hat, for example). Our local bookstore usually has a great assortment of both and it is great for small kids that hear the story and then “play” the story with their new friend.


Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com January 17, 2011 at 4:26 am

Holly – I concur, the great thing about handmade is making it your way. Thanks again for the fabulous tote!

Tayloredfor4 – The plush characters would be a great extra touch, thanks for sharing.


rachelle @ tinkerlab.com January 20, 2011 at 5:13 am

i love the book bag! the library card attached to the side is so inspired.


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