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Finding the Perfect Kids Birthday Gift (for under 5s)

As parents, we know first hand how challenging it can be to find unique and engaging birthday presents for little ones, especially in those precious early years before they start school. Toddlers and preschoolers have fickle interests that seem to change by the week. They're also at that wonderful stage of rapid development where their minds are like sponges, soaking up every new experience.

While the latest plastic craze from the toy aisles might provide a fleeting moment of excitement, those presents often get tossed aside quickly. As parents, we want gifts that will truly captivate our youngsters while nurturing their creativity, problem-solving abilities and sense of wonder about the world around them.

That's why at Cove we are passionate about curating a selection of beautifully crafted, learning-focused toys and activities from independent makers across Scotland and further afield. When you shop small and local, you're not only getting a unique, high-quality gift, you're supporting talented artisans and ensuring traditional crafts stay alive for future generations.

We understand the importance of playthings that inspire imagination and cognitive development and blend fun with learning. Those are the gifts that create lasting memories for children and parents alike. Things that encourage creativity and cognitive skills, not just mindless screen-time. That's the kind of present that will be truly memorable for wee ones and parents alike...

Our top five gifts for kiddies under 5, available on our website, are:

In My Heart book: Whether it's happiness, sadness, bravery, anger or shyness this book empowers toddlers to explore and identify the many feelings and emotions they may feel in their heart. With cute illustrations and a centrepiece die-cut heart that extends through the book.

Crocodile and Friends Animal Memory Game: Match 26 charming illustrations of good-natured crocodile Fossil and his many friends in this delightful matching and memory game. A folded poster showing all of the animal friends together is also included in the game gift box.

Origami Animals Kit: Kit contains 24 brightly coloured printed sheets and full instruction booklet on how to make an origami fox, bunny, parrot, cat and mouse.

Mouse In A House Jigsaw Puzzle: An enchanting 100 pcs jigsaw complete with a mouse cotton carry bag to keep the pieces in. 

Jungle Colouring and Activity Book.: A well thought-out 50 page jungle themed colouring book with handle. Contains 10 different activities and lots of opportunities for creative drawing and colouring. With perforated pages to allow drawings to be neatly removed for display.  

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