Be your angle or terror and despite your anticipated nagging for them to quiet down after the sugar rush of Christmas candy or fighting tooth and nail with their sibling or with you, or badgering you with questions that will either make you turn pink, enrage or delight you, foremost children want to feel loved and safe.
They too want to feel the satisfying rush of adrenaline, create excessive noise, see colour and creativity to inspire their minds and hands and involve co-conspirators (real or invented) to set traps or have meaningful chats with. Sure, they also want all the gimmicks and latest toys to fulfil their physical and aesthetic needs. Yet on the subtly emotional and sub-conscious level, they want to know that healthy boundaries are in place so they can bounce off those imaginary walls to see how far they can stretch their growth.
During this overwhelming time of glut, there is room to instil values and greater meaning behind their gifts. Try not to over indulge children with the excesses of life just because you are run off your feet, shoving the turkey in the oven or placating family members about bedding arrangements or cleaning up after the dog, rather educate them to be happy so they know the value of things, not the price.
Children want to intuitively know that the nurturing space of family time is always at their beck and call. Storytelling is a great way to educate inquisitive minds and sooth frazzled emotions. They brains are like sponges and while they may get some of the themes backwards or inside out later on, meaningful stories will always resonate with them at a core level. Buy gifts that have stories behind them that educate them about the makers, the exotic countries they originate from, how it was made and why. Make them feel safe by purchasing safe and healthy products. How can you buy all this in one product you may ask?
Brown paper packages tied up with string can be a delight to shop for and give to your child, especially with fun colours, vibrant story themes, creative applications, a chance to create bed time accomplices with the securing covering of handmade duvet covers. This is storytelling at its most creative, when that ancient chase scene of dog chases cat, cat chases mouse across the room in The Chase, or when a tower of giraffes try to squeeze under the duvet in Pretty Giraffes, or when the bed feels like the sea, spinning as if a washing machine in Fishing Village.
The gifting of safe, healthy organic, toxic free, fairtrade, handmade with love duvet covers is not your typical gift for busy little beings, but it's certainly not a fad that will only last a few weeks but rather providing enduring safe sleep for years to come. Our bed art will inspire and ground your darlings this Christmas and the days thereafter. Buy if for them for your peace of mind.