by Edie Mindell
As the weather turns chilly and before the haunting sounds of Halloween parties and trick or treaters even begin to add their sound to the night, the thoughts of parents and grandparent are busily preparing for another holiday whose advent is announced in the happy haunts of Halloween.
Each year the love parents have for their children is shown in holiday outings, dozens of Christmas cookies, extra bedtime stories, an abundance of squeezes all given in anticipation of the culmination of the family gathering together on Christmas Day to celebrate. Central to these family celebrations is often a gift exchange.
This gift exchange and preparing for it captures the thoughts of adults months before the holiday arrives. What can be done to make this year's Christmas special and meaningful for my child? The gifts often represent so much more than a mere toy: the gift itself represents the symbols of the season and the love, unity and warmth of family.
Parents of young children, as well as new grandparents, often fret about how to make the Christmas gift more than just another gift. One simple way is to make this year's gift as unique as the child who receives it. A customized gift will live in memory for years to come. Even babies who will have no recollection of the year they were given this gift will treasure their customized jammies as they grow and realize the significance of the gift.
Customized does not necessarily mean expensive. With a little know how you can even customize the gift yourself, but the extra chore during the busy holiday season may not be necessary. There are many internet sites that offer customization of their products for as reasonable a price as free! Almost any toy can be customized. You can add your child's name to a step stool, clothing or blankets of almost any kind, dolls can be customized with names and certificates documenting your child as their parent, pencils, stuffed toys, cars and trucks can all be customized with names or initials.
Toddlers especially like to see their name on things. They may not be able to read, but will recognize the shapes of the letters belonging to their own name. It is a thrill for them to see themselves in print.
Other custom gifts include storybooks that feature your child as a character in the story. These custom books are as simple as adding your child's name or as elaborate as actually using photos of your child in the illustrations as well as their name in the story.
Another popular custom gift for toddlers is a CD of music that has their name in the songs. Toddlers are active and love to dance and sing to most any kind of music. Imagine how pleased and special they will feel when they hear their own name in the songs! - 39969
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