I have to say, that this year, my daughter LOVED all the presents she was given and has been playing with them lots. Some have come from my shop (regularly, relatives will ask me what they can buy my children from my shop for their birthdays) while quite a few have been purchased elsewhere. I realise that all little girls are different and what one enjoys another will hate, so please don’t take this blog as ‘gospel’ but instead, I hope it is a launch pad for you and that it will spark an idea in your mind of what you could give the special little girl in your life!
It appears that most of my daughter’s aunts and uncles spent around €20 on her gifts and her grandparents spent a little more. These gifts included a Lottie Doll and some accessories, A Decorate your own jewellery boxes , a Princess nighty (which she refuses to wear to bed and wears out and about instead!), a tutu, a gymnastics wand, a little battery operated dog that barks and walks, some wooden jewellery, money to purchase a new pair of runners for starting Montessori and a height chart wall sticker.
Friends, who came to her party, spent between €10-€15 euros on her gift. They included a Julia Donaldson book (If you aren’t familiar with Julia Donaldson, she’s well worth a google search on! Her books are AMAZING. The stories are funny and are told in rhyme so that after a couple of reads, your child will be finishing the sentences as you read the story. The illustrations are also really lovely and eye catching for children. Probably her most famous book is the Gruffalo), a Jewellery Box, a Memo Fish Matching Pairs Game and a dress-up dress.
Despite my dislike for placing my kids in front of televisions or computers, my husband and I bought her a Innotab child’s tablet. We had purchased a previous model for my eldest daughter when she turned 4 (nearly two year ago) and when it comes out from the press, it is really enjoyed. I love how you can control what your child does on these computers and most of the stuff that it comes with, or that I’ve put onto it, is educational – helping my daughters read, colour (fine motor skills), count, recognise letters and much more.
Despite all the above being physical gifts, I’m a firm believer that the best gift you can give any child is your time! So, if you have more of this to spend and less money, why not give the little girl a ‘voucher’ for a play date at your house or for a trip to McDonalds or a Coffee Shop for a hot chocolate? Make sure to spoil her with words of encouragement or spend time just chatting and listening. Often this is harder to give, than a toy but the results and memories may last longer than any toy.
As I’ve already said, every 4 year old girl is different – but I hope this little blog helps in some way, as you search to buy a perfect gift for the 4 year old girl in your life!
If these suggestions are a bit advanced for your four year old, you might get some inspiration on this blog – Birthday Gift Ideas for 3 Year Olds, as there’s a lot of overlap at this age.
One of my favourite toy brands is Djeco and they do some lovely toys and craft sets for this age group. If you’d like to see the best selling ones, check out this blog.