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12 Mar, 2008

gifts for a girl who’s about to turn seven

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Oh! Things!

Seven is a big deal. Seven is still very much a child, but one who is growing into herself more and more each day. Seven is bright colours and soft fur. Seven is sticky lollipops stuck in the hair and scratched knees. Seven is dancing and singing and jumping without worrying what others think. Seven is unicorns and fairies and wishes on faraway stars. Seven is sunshine and rain.

Seven is special and cannot go unnoticed.


Sarah’s birthday is April 11. I’m already thinking ahead to the party. She really wants a ladybug party. I am sketching out ideas for the invitations. And I have been doing some preliminary surfing and reasearch into cake ideas, games and whatnot. But I’m really excited about is the gifts. I would really like to take a less traditional route with it, such as Etsy. I found myself looking for ladybug related art the other day. Oh, I love this felted ladybug… but the shipping costs are, well, causing me to think twice. It is sweet though. And so tiny. I love tiny.

And would ya look at this incredible FELT CAKE. omg. But it’s sold. Hmm, what about this one instead?

(Oh no! Many of the items I have been coveting are sold out. But the rest of my list will still give you a good idea of the kinds of things I’m thinking about.)

i.e. these ponytail holders and deer hair clips!

And this mouse with its mushroom house!

And this felted bluebird!

And this fairy (she comes with her own house!)

And this acorn (erm, wait, that’s for me)

I really want to give her an excellent party, and one sweet gift.

Oh, how to decide?

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3 Responses to "gifts for a girl who’s about to turn seven"

1 | J.

March 12th, 2008 at 12:13 pm


Lately for gifts, I’ve been very big on giving experiences.

Like for my mom – tickets to Wicked and Dirty Dancing.
A. – tickets to Cirque de Soleil’s Love: The Beatles

For Sarah, is there anything that is on her wish list? Like learning to horse backride while wearing a flowing priceness hat?

Dressing up like her favorite charecter and doing a photo shoot?

Being able to see the stars at a planitarium(sp?) and having one named after her.

I’m not sure if any of these ideas would interest her. Have fun looking :)

2 | Carrie

March 12th, 2008 at 1:01 pm


I happen to have two or three cake making books from the library right now, and there are at least two ladybug cakes I can think of. Let me know if you would like to see some scans.

3 | The Veg Next Door

March 12th, 2008 at 2:28 pm


Hi, I know somebody who makes the most creative and yummy cakes. She’s local and delivers. If you tell her what you want she can duplicate it or come up with something of her own design. http://sweetnesscakes.com/

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