Today I wanted to share the gift I decided to give my nephew for his 1st birthday. I wish I had thought to do this for my other nieces and nephew (sorry kiddos) but now that I’m much older, wiser, and tad wealthier, I decided to go out on a limb and do something different.
I was inspired by a gift my daughter had received when she was a baby and something I had also gotten as a child — Saving’s Bonds. Rebecca received a handful of them from a few different family members when she was born and when she wanted to travel to Lithuania while she was in college, those bonds helped pay for her very expensive airline ticket. Those savings bonds gave her an opportunity she might have otherwise missed.
So instead of buying toys and random gifts for the next 20 years, I’ve made a commitment to put that money into a savings account for him. Today I set up an account online and started it off with with his first gift. I found a savings account through Capital One that doesn’t require a minimum deposit or balance and has no fees attached. I’ll be able to keep adding to it as I please, without worrying about more money coming out than might be going in.
So the big challenge with a gift like this is to present it in a fun, meaningful and creative way. At first I thought I would find a toddler book and include an inscription, then I thought I’ll buy a toy this time and include a card with the details, then I came across a little box of cars that came in a variety of styles and found the perfect inspiration for the most creative way to present our gift.
I printed up matching tags that read like this: “River, Someday . . .”
My husbands a fireman so we like to get the babies firemen outfits and trucks in attempt to influence their future career.
attached to a cute pink car (my favorite)
tied to an adorable tow truck
and ended it with the final explanation:
“So today, every birthday and every Christmas – and sometimes in between – we will put $XX into a special account just for you. No matter what your dreams, when you are all grown up, you’ll have a little something extra to help you reach them.”
I’m so happy with the way this turned out that I thought it would be great to share and help others get their creative juices flowing.