sentimental gifts for kids

4 Of My Favorite Sentimental Gifts For Kids

I'm going to have to delete this post about sentimental gifts for kids because when Sydney and Trey start surfing the internet in a few years I don't want them to see some of these gift ideas still waiting for them. 

Last night I taught Sydney how to use bookmarks on the family laptop so it won't be long before she accidentally clicks the bookmark for this page, revealing and all of my sentimental secrets!

I thought of doing this post because I was flipping through my Randa memory box last night and found our printed wedding vows.  I got a little misty-eyed when I read them again so I decided I'm going to blow them up and have them framed for the wall. 

I also found a bunch of boarding passes I kept from the time when I still lived in Canada and only got to see Randa once a month. 

Here's a funny story and helpful hint...if you ever try ironing boarding passes make sure you put a towel over them first!

How do I know this?  A few years ago I was trying to make a collage out of the passes but some of them were wrinkled and crinkly so I tried ironing the wrinkles out.  Bad idea, I ended up scorching them to a crisp!  It's the thought that counts? 

Here are four of my favorite sentimental gifts for kids. 

Plant A Tree

We planted Autumn Blaze Maple trees for both of our kids the same year they were born so the trees will grow up with them.   

They started out as saplings and will eventually grow to be over 40 ft tall.  The kids love having their own trees!  Sydney's tree is finally big and strong enough for her to climb and sit in, and I especially like how the leaves turn bright red in the Fall. 

I chose maple trees so they'll always remember their Canadian roots.   

sentimental gifts for kids

Daddy Journal​

When we found out Randa was pregnant, I immediately started a journal documenting the entire pregnancy. 

I still can't decide if I did this journal for Sydney or for me because the other day I re-read the entries for the first time and loved every minute of it.  I still can't believe some of the things I wrote to her! 

This journal is in the long-term gift plans, and ideally will be given to her if and when she has kids of her own but if that doesn't happen hopefully I'll know when the time is right. 

My Daddy journal is still in Word Document format but one of these days I'm going to make a pretty book out of it. 

Oh,The Places You'll Go!

This one wasn't my idea, but I've been in love with this awesome gift since I first read about it a a few years ago.

We bought Sydney and Trey their own Dr. Seuss books and the signing from special people that have touched their lives has already begun.  Trey will be graduating speech therapy very soon so his first entry was from his speech therapist a few weeks ago.   

Time to get out the tissues, it's getting misty in here.  ​

sentimental gifts for kids

Childhood lamp

This gift from a Mom to her Son is probably the best sentimental gift I've ever seen.  Period. 

I tear up every single time I read about it.  ​

sentimental gifts for kids

Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it - Ferris Bueller. 


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