I saw this great tutorial for a simple toddler back pack at Indietutes, and decided this would be great for the little birthdays we have coming up. The pattern is quick and simple, and I imagine these will be very functional. I used a grey corduroy I had in my stash and added a little color with some fun trims and pockets.
I'm way ahead for birthday planning, but since our money is a little tight this year I've been trying to think of some inexpensive things I can make or buy. That made me think about what makes a really good gift. A good gift is more than just a cool object, it's something that promotes the kind of life you want to live. With that in mind here's a list of what makes a good children's gift (with some clues about what we're doing this year):
a few precious items instead of a bunch of junk
things that encourage imagination
something they have to take care of
a fun outing
something you'll both love
What makes a good gift for your kids?