Published February 08, 2012 by
Girls may be sugar, spice, and everything nice, but they are also tremendously active, energetic, and curious. Next time you need to get a gift for the special little girl in your life, consider an activity gift basket made just for her. Not only is it a thoughtful gift, it will keep her entertained and stimulated for hours. Whether for a birthday, Christmas, or even just a long car trip, this basket full of goodies is sure to be well received. Here are some tips for making a great activity basket.
Two important aspects to consider when making your activity basket is the age of the child, as well as her interests. You don’t have to center the basket around a particular theme, but the age is important because you can add books or games that are geared towards her developmental stage.
If you were going to make an activity basket for a young toddler, for instance, you may go with a baby book gift theme and include board books, books with different textures (such as cloth books), teethers, rattles, musical toys or those with lights and songs. A child at this age is still very much fascinated by lights and sounds and is entertained by trying to work them. Books, plush toys, and bath squirters are all great additions. If you want to drive her parents crazy, also include a variety of small instruments, such as maracas.
An older child will benefit from activities that engage her artistic and intellectual sides. Say you are assembling a basket for a four, five, six, seven, or eight year old (plus or minus a few years, depending on the child).
Here are some activities to include:
You can design your activity kids gift basket around a theme, such as princesses, Dora, sports, or friendship, or you could just include items you know your little girl will love.