Recently, I was invited along with a few other bloggers to participate in a Mom & Tot Box Swap which I thought was a really cute idea! The swap was the brainchild of The Real Housewife of Caroline County and in addition to Pink, Candy & Stilettos, included Growing Up Madison and Me and My Mini Me. The rules to the swap were simple: (1) there had to be an even number of participants so that the bloggers could be paired up for an even exchange, (2) each blogger had a budget of $40 to pick up something age appropriate for their assigned tot (and their tot’s mommy if they dared and budget, etc allowed), (3) packages would be mailed by September, and (4) each blogger would post about the swap. Simple right? Yes, simple and fun!
Why This Was Fun
I thought this swap was a blast for several reasons. First, it provided a great opportunity to get to know some fellow bloggers a bit more personally. As we discussed the details and swapped info on the kiddos, it naturally sparked a greater level of conversation between the participants. I mean, we didn’t discuss our life’s mission or anything, but we did chat about the swap quite a bit! Second, it gave me a reason to go shopping… need I even say more? Third, I don’t know about you, but for me, receiving gifts is always a treat! I consider gifts for my kids gifts for me as well! I’m just sayin’!
Receiving Our Gift
We were delighted when our package arrived! For our swap, we were paired with The Real Housewife of Caroline County and we were so pleased with her choices of gifts! Personally, I love the mixture of fun gifts with educational gifts for children and I have to say, her gift was right on Target. As you can see from the photo, our goodie bag and box included the following:
An electronic counting piggy bank – this is a real treat as the hubby is big on teaching the kids to save and this makes it easy, fun and educational!
Two Dr. Suess board books: ABC and Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb – we LOVE books in our household and these are so timely because ‘book’ is our little peanut’s new favorite word! He’s especially fond of Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb as he’s had a thing for monkeys since he was about 3 months old!
Cars Coloring and Activity Set – yet another item that was right on time considering the little one loves grabbing crayons and trying to color all over everything.
A soft football – as would be the case with most little boys, the football was a huge hit!!!
A wooden puzzle from Melissa & Doug – it is so nice and thus I’ve decided to wait a month or two before giving it to him so that the pieces don’t disappear into oblivion.
An adorable and super comfy looking outfit complete with sweats and a shirt that boasts “I’m a big deal to mommy!” Why yes you are little one… yes you are.
A pack of wooden blocks – these timeless treasures will never grow old and never lose their charm. Our little guy had a ball with these! His sister helped him play with them… check out the cuteness!
I tried to get some good pictures of my little guy enjoying his treasures, but he never cooperates for photos… at least not when I really need him to. At any rate, I’m sharing what I do have… I’m sure you get the point!
Thank you RHOCC for the great gifts! We love them and look forward to enjoying some great times with them! We hope you enjoyed our gift too!
Our Gift Giving Strategy
Gift giving doesn’t have to be a personal thing, but it is personal for me. When I give gifts, whenever possible, I try to consider what the recipient would like (that I can afford of course) – I hate the thought of giving something to someone that will go to waste (that’s money down the drain – I do not adore that). More importantly, when I give gifts to children, I try my best to include something fun as well as something educational, which is exactly what I aimed to do here. So, this is what we came up with and we hope that the little princess who received these items loves them as much as we loved choosing them for her. To find out whether she did, check out The Real Housewife of Caroline County’s blog for her Mom and Tot Box Swap post.
Until next time…