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Why We Didn’t Buy Our Two-Year-Old a Birthday Gift

My husband and I have celebrated eight birthdays together, and I’ve never received a birthday gift from him that I could unwrap. Let me explain…

Birthday presents from my husband have always been experiences or surprises. For example, this past birthday he took me on a surprise trip to a spa for the day, dinner on the water, and then when we came home there was a brand new patio set waiting on our back deck (my in-laws helped choreograph the whole thing). Then there was the year he built a canopy over our bed, which I always wanted, and had my old violin restored. Lots of special memories.

In keeping with our birthday tradition, we thought it’d be fun to do the same for our daughter. Starting with her first birthday, we made video montages of the year past. Here is her 1st birthday video:

And here is her 2nd birthday video:

For her 2nd birthday, which landed on a Tuesday, we took off of work Monday-Wednesday and whisked away our girlie on a trip to Sesame Place. We were lucky to have one of her best friends—possibly boyfriend—along for the ride. On her actual birthday we had breakfast with Elmo and spent the whole day at the park.

Sesame Place 1


Sesame 3

Sesame 4

Sesame 5



Sesame 8

I plan to keep up the tradition of gifting my daughter experiences rather than toys or things. Not sure what next year will bring, but I’m already looking forward to it.

What special traditions do you have for your children’s birthdays?

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One Response to Why We Didn’t Buy Our Two-Year-Old a Birthday Gift

  1. abby
    abby September 24, 2015 at 11:48 AM #

    Such a great idea!! So many kids would benefit from experiences rather than toys. I might have to steal this one from you! ; )

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