When Elodie was little, she was fascinated with fairies. She had very set ideas as to what they looked like and where they lived and what they ate. Elodie’s fairies were very much like the fairies in Cicely Mary Barker’s books which I also loved as a child.
So, when Elodie lost her first tooth (which she lost early as a 4 year old on her last day of nursery in a scooter accident) it seemed silly to give her money as her tooth fairy gift. She was too little to understand the importance of money and so we started a tradition of leaving little fairy related gifts for her instead of money. As time went on, she’d write the tooth fairy letters and we’d write back and her little fairy collection grew. The letters were always a little demanding! Here is one from Finlay (aged 6)……..
And another from Elodie, aged 4,
This was a very sweet idea and one I loved planning for when I only had one kiddo but as one grew to four- it now seems like a crazy idea! I now often think, a coin under the pillow seems so much easier! I do think ‘Tooth Fairy’ is a stressful part of parenting – will she remember to visit? Will she wake them up? And there is always a last minute panic to find an appropriate gift!! Now that our second child is a boy- it is even harder to find tooth fairy appropriate gifts that don’t seem too girly but the truth is, Finlay likes the fairy gifts and letters as much as Elodie did and so it seems very much a tradition that will have to stay!
In case you also like the idea of fairy letters and gifts as opposed to coin, or you just making your parenting life a little trickier – here are some inexpensive tried and tested fairy gift ideas for boys and girls!
- Fairy Dust – this has been a winner with both our girl and boy. In fact this is what Finlay wrote and asked for last time from the tooth fairy but I didn’t have any! So I simply wrote back and said her bag was too heavy and she’d bring some next time! EBay has some great deals on fairy dust.
- If it’s a first tooth lost, a little tooth pillow or box is a cute valtvalacyc.com gift so that tooth can always be found! I love these little tooth fairy little wooden boxes!
- Fairy Garden Ornaments. Little things for a fairy garden make fabulous presents for boys or girls. (Finlay likes to put the little things in his dinosaur garden). You can build these up over time too so that they get a whole set for a full fairy garden eventually! Amazon has some great deals on these too.
- Mini little lego kits. The little packets of Lego Minifigures go down very well with my son.
- Flower Fairy Books or Stickers. The Cicely Barker range even has posters and postcards too.
- Fairy writing set or stamp set (so they can write even more letters to the tooth fairy!)
- Special Sparkly beads to make their own special necklace.
- Fairy Doors are always a winner. You can then get stickers from future tooth fairy visits to decorate the door with. These don’t have to be girly at all. Try this link for some alternatives.
- Children’s Erasers. Smelly ones or cute themed animal ones work well. I love these mini fairy house ones.
- Shopkins! Now that my daughter is a fan of Shopkins – these make the perfect tooth fairy gift! Break up a pack and only give a couple to keep the costs down.
- A tooth themed read! Try this Dr Seuss one.
- You could even make a teeny, tiny treasure box from a walnut. Find out how with a tutorial from Girl Inspired
- Tiny candles are great gift ideas – again, we split the pack from these ones to make them go further.
- And if you need some mini envelopes to make your little fairy letters even more special – these ones are lovely.
- Mini craft kits that you can put together yourself are cheap – I use up all our craft bits and bobs for this!
- This is a gorgeous fairy light for a special tooth fairy present.
- Lastly, a little elf or fairy is also must. You can even buy clothes sets for them for additional gifts. These little finger puppets are also a cute idea.
How many teeth do small people lose? I’ve no idea but hopefully that’s enough to keep you going! If you have any other tooth fairy gift ideas – do share! I’ve still two little people to go who haven’t even started losing their teeth yet!