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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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