The predicament is real people!
Of all the things in the world that my little one enjoys is being invited to a birthday bash of any one of her long list of friends and if there is anything that I dread so much then it is paradoxically the same!
I don’t hate my daughter or birthday bashes or the birthday baby!
For heaven’s sake no! The reason for dreading these annual events is something more and I am sure it is what a lot of parents dread albeit in varying degrees and the reason dear folks is that when you are over with the dilemmas of not being too busy on the days of the bash and what your little princess will be wearing on that day and if there is a theme , will she be confirming her costume with it and hundred and one other thoughts that fly across your mind the moment you open the envelope, the one that will strike you the worst will be what to gift!
Yes, what to gift!!
Now when my little munchkin’s friends were turning two, I was so overconfident that I would simply stride into a toy store and glide outside after picking up the best one that suits my budget and theme. After all, that is a big toy market and I am sure to find something to my taste!
How much more wrong could I be?
The reality struck hard when I went in and could not find anything that was age appropriate for the birthday girl. It strikes me that two is such a limbo age. While for a one year you can pick up a lot of motor skills development toys and even sippers and food plate hampers, three-year-olds can be pampered with most games but I just could not for the love of it find any entertaining puzzles for 2 year olds. There was so much to choose from but it either was for older children or out of my budget.
Thankfully, the phase has passed and I have preferred gifting clothes or gift hampers that the child can use to pick up toys of her choice.