Sunday, June 1, 2014

Simple meaningful gifts are the best ones

The girls have lots of individual friends, but they have just a few that they all consider a best friend. This year at school they all become BFF's with a little girl named Mia. From the first day of school, I heard about their new friend. As the year went on and the kids switched seats Mia was able to sit at the same table as each of the girl, thus solidifying her BFF status with each girl. I was able to chaperon three field trips this year and each time, I was assigned a group of kids to lead, my 4, Mia and one other child. Whenever I came to school for a function, I was greeted with 5 hugs, one guess as to who the 5th hug was from. She is a sweet girl and my children adore her, so when they got invited to her birthday party this weekend they were thrilled. It was Frozen themed, so we hit the store Friday looking for the perfect gift. As Frozen is beyond popular with the 10 and under set, the only Frozen item we found, was a plush blanket. No doll, no game, no costume, no beach towel, nothing else was available. We found a few other little things that the girls thought she would like, but they were not "thrilled" with their choices. The next morning a thought hit me, I had a lot of pictures of the girls with Mia, surely I could do something with them for a present. An hour later I had a memory page of pictures that the girls liked so much they each wanted one for themselves. It cost me $8.50 at Walgreen's to have it printed into an 11x14 poster (using a coupon of course!) We picked it up on the way to the party and added it to the other gifts. It was a hit! What made this even more special was that found out Mia is moving to a new school next year, and chances are, we will loose touch. Hopefully this gift will help her remember her four friends from 2nds grade. Sometimes simple is better.