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What We Bought Ella for Her Seventh Birthday

July 28, 2017

Gift giving is NOT my love language.

I find gift giving really stressful, and for years, Bart and I basically just opted out of buying each other things at all for any major holidays.

But now that we have children, I’m pretty sure they would not find it a magical childhood moment for me to say, “Sorry kids. I think gift giving is stressful, so I’m just bailing on that part. Have a cupcake.”

Of course, one of the reasons gift giving is stressful to me is because I usually leave it until the last possible moment and then it feels ULTRA stressful and I feel dumb for being like “here’s your late gift” and so forth.

So this year, I was determined not to make the same mistake this year and a week before her birthday, Bart and I sat down, figured out everything we were going to give her (a small list) and the next morning, I forced myself to just order them, reminding myself the whole time that it would never be a more convenient time to do it.

And then I didn’t have to stress about it the rest of the week.

This planning ahead thing has more merit than I’ve previously given it.

gifts for a seven year old

Here’s what we decided were the perfect gifts for a seven year old:

  1. Tangram set. Ella is a massive puzzle fiend, and I’ve thought for the last year or two that she’d really enjoy a tangram set. And then, of course, I never bought one. This year, I found a wooden set with good reviews for $7 and then I ordered this book of tangram puzzles to go along with it.
  2. A watch. I bought Ella a watch for Easter a couple of years ago and she LOVED that thing, but it was a $2 plastic watch and after a few months, it completely fell apart. This year, she mentioned it was something she’d like and I was on the hunt for something that wasn’t covered in characters, was simple and feminine, and decent quality without being wildly expensive. I think this one hit that sweet spot.
  3. A harmonica. I included these in my $5 gift guide last year and said I was going to get them as stocking stuffers, but when I went to actually order them a few weeks later, the price had jumped to $6 each and I was less interested in spending almost $20 on three of them. But now I was willing to buy one for Ella’s birthday. (When I told Bart about this gift, which I added at the last minute, he was like, “Are you really ready to hear a harmonica non-stop around the house?”).
  4. Loot. As you know, Ella loves games more than almost anything else, so Bart and I looked through a ton of suggestions and ended up picking Loot since it’s a quick card game and those are like gold in our house. The reviews are killer and I’m crossing my fingers it’s a hit.

There were, of course, a couple of gifts from the grandparents (my parents bought her this dress-up costume and Bart’s parents sent her this sticker activity book) and we did some of our other birthday traditions and it was a fantastic birthday with our best oldest girl.

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  • Reply Erin July 28, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Have you heard of a card game called 40 Below? Very similar to rat a tat cat, but a little more strategy. Excellent bridge between kid and adult game for a card-loving kid.

  • Reply Mikayla Stucki July 28, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Tangrams are so fun, and I always love the esthetic of wood toys!
    I’m fairly certain that watch is the exact one I wore for more than half of my LDS mission–until I got in a bad bike crash that totally destroyed it. I don’t know what that says about my fashion sense, but I’ve never exactly been a fashionista, so… XP

  • Reply Helen July 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

    What great ideas!! I’m sure Ella will be delighted!
    I was wondering if you had any suggestions for preschool-age board/card games? My 3.5 year old is really into games, but I’m not really familiar with most of them (I grew up in Brazil, so my knowledge of classic American preschool games is very limited: Candyland and that’s it.) Thank you and have a great weekend!!!

    • Reply KT July 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

      We got my then 4 year old OutFoxed last summer and we all love it. It’s cooperative, and very simple; the other game we played a ton of at that age is Busy Busy Airport. That one gets a bit old for the adults (we’ve easily played it hundreds of times), but even at 5 my kid still loves it.

  • Reply Paige July 28, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Why can’t our kids be the same age?! I’m struggling to figure out what to get Jay for his 5th in two weeks. I have so far bought him his first set of Legos… and that’s it.

  • Reply Elisa July 29, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Thank you so much for these ideas. They are wonderful. Like you, buying gifts always has been stressful for me. I have 3 granddaughters who live in a different state, and it is hard to know at times what their interests are–they seem to change rather quickly. I have saved this post so I can use it to order gifts for my youngest granddaughter’s upcoming seventh birthday.

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