Lasting Gifts for Kids

Lasting Gifts for Kids

When it comes to having kids you have to adjust to having stuff. Holidays, birthdays, special occasions, school parties all of these events inevitably lead to more things coming into your home. As someone who has struggled with letting go of stuff, adding more things to the heap can be overwhelming. In the time that I’ve been a parent, I’ve learned to let go of a lot of stuff and I’m finding that we’re loving gifts that we can use for years. Of course, experience gifts are a great way to have less stuff, and we do love and appreciate those, but there are times when family members want to gift something physical.

Here is a list of gifts we’ve gotten that get nearly daily use. Some are a bit pricier and are a great option for group gifting.

Nugget or Figgy or play couch 

The Nugget has an almost cult-like following, but it has created hours of fun. It’s a fort, a dog house, a reading lounger, a nap, a mat a jumping-off point, or a crash pad. Perfect for winding down at night, or getting some of that energy out on rainy days. We’ve had one for a few years and it never gets old.


A story-teller, a music box, a memory maker. So much fun to be had and all screen-free. Check out this in-depth look at the Toniebox and all of the fun to be had.

Learning Tower / Kitchen Helper Stool

My kiddo loves to help in the kitchen, but dragging a barstool over and climbing up was unsafe. Enter the learning tower / kitchen helper stool. This stool gets daily use whether he is helping to chop vegetables for dinner, to make breakfast, or to help with dishes. He is at the right height in a steady, non-tipping structure. The stool has an adjustable platform allowing it to grow with him and giving it staying power.

Play Kitchen

A childhood staple, the play kitchen provides endless fun in our house. My son loves to “cook” and “make coffee” and does so nearly every day. We love this simple Ikea play kitchen. It has a small footprint but is loads of fun. It is stocked with Melissa & Doug play food. He uses bowls, cups, and utensils that we no longer used in the real kitchen.

While these may be bigger budget gifts, they have staying power and will grow with your kids, giving them greater overall value and creating lasting memories.

A native of the New Orleans 'burbs, Melanie has lived in Baton Rouge since starting her bachelors degree at LSU. She earned her BA in Mass Communication and a master’s degree in Social Work both from LSU. In her professional life Melanie focuses on women’s mental health. Melanie and her husband Adam have been together for almost two decades. They have 2 bright and curious kids who keep them on their toes. When not working or moming Melanie can be found exploring yet another new hobby, trying to “get organized” and avoiding the laundry. She loves sitcoms, traveling, iced coffee and carbs.


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