FOR TODDLERS AND BABIES
Baby and toddler years are filled with dreams and wishes for the future—which is why it’s a great time to capture and record all the love and memories surrounding the babies in your life. Down the road, they’ll appreciate being able to look back at this time.
Books with Personal Notes
Babies and books go hand-in-hand. Purchase a few books from this list of All-Time Best Books for Toddlers, and ask the child’s family to write personal notes inside each of the books’ covers. As the child learns to read, they’ll be reminded that their loved ones have big dreams for their future.
Start a Baby Scrapbook
Thanks to digital technology, today’s babies are the most photographed generation in history—but keeping physical photos and mementos is becoming increasingly rare. And as anyone who’s ever been a busy parent knows, sometimes you’re so focused on taking care of everything that you forget to stop and record the best moments. If you’re not a child’s parent, but you’re around a lot, you’re in the perfect position to start keeping a scrapbook. The years of memories and photos you compile will be a treasured gift for the whole family, including the child.
Arts and Craft Projects
This is a gift that checks a lot of boxes: it’s a great quality time activity, it helps little ones develop sensory and motor skills, and if you save the work, you’ll have a keepsake that they and their parents can look back at later. Here’s a Pinterest board full of age-appropriate art projects.
An IDeal 529 College Savings Account
Of course, at IDeal—Idaho College Savings Program, we believe that the gift of college savings is one of the most impactful gifts a child can receive. By starting to save in the first years of a child’s life, you’re maximizing your opportunity to build up the savings little by little over many years.
IDeal has been helping Idaho families save for higher education for fifteen years. It only takes $25 to open an IDeal account, and any family member can contribute to a beneficiary’s account. IDeal makes it easy to get other family in on the giving, and Idaho residents can receive a 2016 state tax deduction for contributions and gifts made by December 31st.
"Last year my kids each received $100 for Christmas from a grandparent, with no strings attached. They both chose to invest in their IDeal college savings accounts. Going to college is something that we talk about as a family.
My parents used to say, 'Money comes and goes. Health can be unpredictable. But once you earn an education, that's yours. Nobody can take your education away from you.'"
Robin Kelley Rausch, IDeal Account Owner
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