Squidgy is four. I'm not entirely sure how that happened, I'm pretty sure I only gave birth to her yesterday. She is hitting so many milestones, growing up way to quickly and changing into a grown up girl... No longer my blonde baby.
She is also just months away from starting school (how scary is that?!) and so the gifts she got for her birthday had to fit into her new grown up life and future. With that in mind, here are a few ideas for gifts for the four year old in your life.
Their own coat hook
One thing Squidgy has always wanted to be able to do is hang her own coat up, and unfortunately she can't reach the "big" coat hook to do so (to be honest I can't really either... It's the right height for John at 6'3" though, ha!) She now has her own coat hook though and it's awesome.
"My first..." books
Like it or not when a child turns four it means they are so close to that big milestone of starting school. If their birthday is far enough away to do so, buying a gift to help them get a head start on their learning may be a great idea. We got Squidgy some wipe clean books to teach her how to write and she is coming on in leaps and bounds. By the time September comes around I am pretty sure she will be able to write her own name and more.
Scooters, bikes and other outdoor gifts
Outdoor gifts are the best kind of gifts. They are great for keeping your children active, getting them outside instead of in front of the TV or other tech and also are super useful for the preschool and school runs.
Innevitably these little humans we are raising will end up outgrowing the clothes they are in, usually some time around their birthdays. Squidgy is super tall thanks to her daddy being 6'3" and is currently in age 5-6 clothes.
Buying clothing for her in the next size means that when the day comes that she outgrows the clothes she's in (which she did just weeks after her fourth birthday when she pushed a hole in the toe of her tights because they were too short for her legs...) there are plenty of bits ready for her to move on to.
As children move through clothes so quickly you needn't spend a fortune on them. My girls are more often than not decked out in full Primark outfits and they always look fabulous (even if I am biased about how super cute they are!)
"Grown up" household items
There is nothing more grown up than moving from plastic cutlery to metal forks and spoons, and learning how to use a knife. Add to this a move from plastic plates and bowls to "proper" ones as Squidgy likes to call them, and trying out new food like dippy egg and soldiers (a favourite of mine growing up) and you have plenty of winners when it comes to choosing gifts to buy.
There are so many options available in the Itty Bittys range, you will be spoilt for choice choosing one for your four year old. Whether they are superhero fans (Wonder Woman and Supergirl was the theme of Squidgy's birthday and they are available too, maybe she can have them next!) or into TV characters like the Flinstones and Scooby Doo; there is something for every little one.
Moving from DUPLO to LEGO was a big thing for Squidgy... and for John and me too. I totally wasn't prepared for the way that she just moved up like she had known how to do it all her life and followed the instructions to build castles and structures when I left the room. She really is incredible, but I wish she would stop growing up so quickly.
There are plenty of ways you can introduce LEGO from the LEGO Junior sets to "proper" LEGO set, or just buying a box of bricks and letting them loose. There are sets for every budget and if you keep an eye out you can also find them on offer in places like Sainsbury's so take a walk down the toy ailse when you go to do your shopping just in case.
"Paint your own" kits
One of Squidgy's favourite gifts was the ceramic tea set her aunt sent her for her birthday. Squidgy loves to hold lots of tea parties, with her sister, her toys, me or her dad involved; so the idea of having a "big girl's" ceramic set that she could paint herself? It blew. Her. Mind.
Don't forget the card!
So there you go, four year olds are not as hard to buy for as it may seem... there are plenty more ideas besides these but it would take too long to list them all! Have fun shopping!
Disclaimer: Although this post is written of my own volition, some of the products I have been sent for the purpose of testing them out for review. These products are highlighted by the use of an asterisk (*) beside them. All views and opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. All photos are copyright property of Me Becoming Mum.