In our house, parents give good gifts but grandparents give amazing gifts. The other day a friend of mine posted a link to a blog that had the most amazing playroom ever. It featured a plethora of “grandparent” gifts and got me thinking about how the items probably had a “parent” equivalent at a more accessible price.
The Playroom Swing
I am in love with this idea & plan to implement it as a surprise for my soon-to-be 3 year old’s birthday- she is going to LOVE having a swing in the house this winter. The “grandparent” one is a HABA brand boat called the Ship’s See-Saw Swing and runs for between $275-325 depending on the store. The “parent” version is the EKORRE hanging swing from IKEA and is $45.
The Bowl Seat
We were at a Children’s Museum the other day and played with this amazing Rocking Bowl by WePlay (WeeBlossom)- it was so much fun that I immediately started to ponder which grandparent to start campaigning to so we could procure this super fun toy for our playroom. This runs between $180-275 depending on where you look and the shipping costs. It comes in a solid green color and a clear blue. The “parent” gift is actually one of our favorite toys- the Bilibo. We stumbled upon the Bilibo several years ago and my kids were instantly in love! It is a terrific toy for pretend and active play. My kids use it as a seat that they twirl around in it, balance on it like a mountain, crawl around like it’s a turtle shell, use it as a baby bed, make soup in it- the possibilities are endless! And it’s a steal at around $25.
The Balance Bike
Balance bikes are the coolest thing to happen to learning to ride a bike since training wheels. Some say that their children have learned to ride a bike (without training wheels) in 5 minutes. It has taken my children a bit longer than that but after weekend rides for one summer our 4 year old is ready for pedals. The “grandparent” balance bike is incredibly cool for $100 (w/ free shipping). The KaZAM Balance Bike has a feature that other balance bikes don’t have: a footrest to take the art of balancing one step further. The “parent” version is the WeeRide. This balance bike comes in two sizes- a WeeRide 10″ for $38 or a WeeRide 12″ for $60. We have the 10″ version for our 3 year old and it has held up amazingly well.