What is a special gift to give a child, grandchild, or even godchild each year? I get asked this question all the time.
Thankfully, DoSayGive has lots of ideas! Anytime you are looking for a gift for specific occasion remember to search our gift guide
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Most of the collectible gifts in this post are for children but can be carried into adulthood. Keep reading to see my ideas and definitely share yours at the bottom of the post!
Collectible Gifts for Girls
Choose a charm each year that relates to something she enjoys. Shop Now
A beautiful keepsake music box makes a wonderful collectible. Shop Now
A collection she can enjoy well into adulthood! Shop Now
Gift a piece of china from the same pattern each year! Shop Now
Antique Linen Handtowels
Find all sorts of linens with unique embroidery at local antique malls!Shop Now
Pick out a special pattern and give one place setting each year. Shop Now
Add-a-Pearl or Add-a-Bead
Eventually, she will have an entire strand of pearls! Shop Now
Madame Alexander Dolls
These high-quality dolls are made to pass from generation to generation. Shop Now
There are several collectible jewelry options for girls including the tried and true James Avery Charm Bracelet
. They have a large selection of beautiful charms that can relate to activities and significant events in a child’s life. You can also search local jewelers and antique charms for really special charms!
Add a bead or add a pearl necklaces are also special yearly gifts. One DoSayGive reader said she bought an entire set of pearls for her daughter at birth and gave one for each birthday.
Very Southern but very lovely: gift 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 my grandmother gave me.
Collectible Gifts for Boys
Add a new train to his collection each year!Shop Now
Find a unique compass each year and have it engraved. Shop Now
Heirloom Fishing Lures
Handcrafted fishing lures that he can use and cherish for yearsShop Now
Gift a jersey from a popular athlete that year. Shop Now
Heirloom Quality Handkerchiefs
Embroider with initials and the date. Shop Now
Hess Toy Trucks
Hess releases a collectible for each year! Shop previous years on Amazon. Shop Now
Vintage Comic Books
Foster a bond based on something you both enjoy! Shop Now
Start of collection of high quality neck ties that he will appreciate for many years to come. Shop Now
Finding collectible gifts for boys is quite fun! And many of these could be gifted to girls as well. Of course there are Lionel 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. Don’t you just love a train going round the 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.
Another option is to have gift a beautiful hardcover book each year. Think about how wonderful a child’s collection would be after years of getting a classic each year! A wonderful Christmas book each year is also fun and something the child can eventually share with his or her own children.
Neutral Collectible Gifts
Start a collection of these inexpensive keepsakes. Shop Now
Write a Letter Each Year on Their Birthday
Store them in this beautiful keepsake box! Shop Now
Fontanini Nativity Set
Buy one piece of these beautiful nativity scenes each year. Shop Now
Classic Children's Book
Choose from this comprehensive list of classic children's books. Shop Now
Maybe not as exciting in the moment, but much appreciated down the road. Shop Now
Ostheimer Wooden Figurines
These wooden keepsakes are heirloom-quality but will provide hours of play. Shop Now
Mint Julep Cups
Traditionally, these cups were used to mark special occasions and to be passed down. Shop Now
Shop from the U.S. Mint or start an antique collection!Shop Now
Camille's Creations Easter Egg
One of our favorite traditions is creating a unique Easter egg for each of our girls every Easter. Shop Now
Our favorites are Christopher Radko, Neiman Marcus, and Waterford. Shop Now
Traditionally, silver pieces represented health and wealth for children. Shop Now
The Trains at Northpark
A Dallas tradition! Make a donation to Ronald McDonald House for a personalized train car. Shop Now
Schleich animals make great little birthday gifts and are very reasonably priced for a collectible gift. The goal of this German toymaker is to help children learn about nature and animals through their detailed, authentic figures.
Collecting mint julep cups is another 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.
There are so many Christmas themed gifts you can gift each year. 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.
Gifting a 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!).
Let’s not forget the beauty of a handwritten letter. Remember when Reese Witherspoon posted that beautiful box filled with letters she wrote her daughter and presented to her on her 18th birthday? This is something you can start at any time and is so meaningful.
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