Schleich is a German company that makes these sweet, hand-painted figurines. Their goal is to help children learn about nature and animals through their detailed, authentic figures. This would be a special, inexpensive yearly gift for boys and girls. Gift a small set each year.
Lionel produces classic train sets that make special gifts for boys and girls. Start with this Lionel starter set and give a different car as a gift each year. You can find Lionel cars at many places, including Amazon, Target and Walmart. And don’t you just love a train going round a Christmas tree on Christmas morning? I do!
Dallas friends: don’t forget about Northpark Trains! You can make a donation to the Ronald McDonald house and they will hand paint your child’s name on a railcar. (Deadline approaching soon!) Call ahead before your visit and they will make sure your train is steaming through the exhibit when you arrive. Your child or grandchild will have so much fun finding his train. Such a sweet tradition and a gift that gives back.
Add-a-bead or add-a -pearl necklace
I received a gold bead necklace when I was younger and I loved receiving a new gold bead each year and I still have it. Visit your local jeweler to find a beautiful gold chain that can be added to each year.
A James Avery Charm Bracelet is a classic yearly gift for girls. Their charms are special because there is a large selection of beautiful charms that can relate to activities they are doing, things they enjoy or significant events in their life.
The individual Beatrix Potter mini books are great, inexpensive yearly gifts for boys and girls. You can find them all on Amazon when you search each book by its title. After many years, he or she will have a full collection of these special, keepsake books.
Think about how wonderful a child’s collection would be after years of getting a classic book each year! Give a nice hardcover each year. A wonderful Christmas book each year is also fun and something the child can eventually share with his or her children/ Visit this page for my favorite classic children’s books!
Mint Julep Cups
Collecting mint julep cups is a uniquely southern tradition. These cups are typically monogrammed and dated to mark special events and are common gifts to receive as baby gifts, christenings, weddings and other special occasions. These cups have a variety of uses but are definitely an heirloom that can be passed down. You can give every year with the date or monogram engraved. Fill with flowers for a special celebration gift. Read more about the Mint Julep Cup tradition here.
Giving sterling silver goblets as gift was a common tradition centuries ago because typically a family would have one cup assigned for each child. This practical tradition has become a special gift to give to parents at the birth of their child and would be an equally special yearly gift to give.
Antique Linen Hand Towels
You can find all sorts of neat hand towels and napkins with unique elegant monograms at area antique malls. I have a whole collection from my grandmother.
Madame Alexander Dolls are a classic yearly gift for girls and are so special to pass down.
Fontanini is known for their beautiful Nativity sets and while buying a whole set at once can be quite pricy, buying a piece or two each year as a gift will result in a full set. I also love that they are plastic so children can enjoy playing with them and you don’t have to worry about them breaking them. This is such a special yearly gift that will be appreciated for many years to come!
Pick out a special pattern and give one serving piece or place setting each year. By the time she gets married, she will have a whole set.
Camille’s Easter Eggs are one of my favorite yearly gifts for my girls. Her beautiful, hand painted Easter eggs are so special and can be painted with a picture of your child or grandchildren and the hobbies they enjoy. She also has hand-painted ornaments.
When they grow up and have their own Christmas tree, they will have a unique collection of ornaments with special memories behind each one. Waterford, Christopher Radko, or one of Neiman Marcus’ annual ornaments are elegant and timeless. If the year isn’t engraved on it, perhaps you can write the date on it. Camille’s Creations are more playful and childlike. Have her paint what your child loves that year (soccer, dance, bunnies!).