Occasion Station Memorable Gifts for Kids Who Live In Small Spaces


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SAVING SPACE New York is the land of big lights, big buildings, big crowds...and tiny living spaces. With the average 1-bedroom a cozy 750 square feet, and 2-bedroom apartments not much larger, it’s no wonder some people opt for dining room tables that can be tucked into the ceiling (For real) and foldable bedrooms that can be moved aside to make space for company. When it comes to dealing with small spaces, New Yorkers’ ingenuity knows no bounds. And, as Christmas approaches, you may just need to use some to find presents for the apartment-dwelling kids on your list (Because that giant bear from Costco is the size of the kitchen, and he doesn’t cook). To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most memorable, space saving gifts for kids.

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MEMORABLE GIFT Give them a memorable gift that will make memories, not messes. Imagine gazing up at the night sky and counting constellations, watching Aaron Judge send a ball out of the park, experiencing the thrill of live theater, or ice skating at Rockefeller Center. Then, imagine it all through the eyes of a child. What could be a more memorable gift than that? To give the child in your life that kind of experience, snag passes to the planetarium, hunt down tickets to a Yankees game next year, and make it possible to go skating at the Rockefeller Center. And, consider taking the kids yourself. The gift of your time will be even more valuable than the tickets themselves. The best part? They will serve as memorable gifts for kids that fill their minds, but not their homes.

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COLORING POSTERS Let the kids draw on the walls. They’re going to do it anyway, so why not make it easier with giant coloring posters? Kids let their creativity loose, you maintain your floor space, and your walls can breathe a sigh of relief. Just hang the poster, add a box of crayons or markers, and watch this memorable gift for kids make its mark. At more than 3.5 feet by 2.5 feet, these posters are giant enough to keep several of them busy at once. Designs are complex enough to keep kids occupied for hours, while the paper is thick enough to protect your walls from overzealous drawing. This memorable gift for kids has several advantages. Not only do you keep the kids happily occupied, but you end up with a creatively decorated wall (and you can frame the posters after if you want), and a gift that doesn’t take up an inch of floor space. Just beware: These posters have been known to attract the adults too. You might want to consider buying one for yourself.

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Make your storage pull double duty. Usually the most memorable gift is not the most practical (Aunt Erica is still in timeout for gifting the drum set to your 2 year old last year). But with a storage unit designed for play, you can kill two birds with one stone (You ninja gifter you). Some storage units are carefully crafted to look like buildings. Used individually as small structures or stacked together as skyscrapers, they can be used for hours of fun within imaginary city walls. Others are built like dollhouses, with rooms large enough to hold toys, books, and blankets. Your kids play with them all day, and tuck their belongings away in them at night. Add a few dollhouse accessories or townspeople to populate your storage bins, and you will be well on your way to giving the most memorable, and space saving, gift of the year. USEFUL STORAGE

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ROLL-AWAY GIFTS Roll, roll, ro-o-ll, roll the gift away, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, small space is such a dream Ok, the pun might be cheesy, but the song in your heart will be sincere if you buy a gift for kids that rolls up and goes under the bed or couch at the end of the day. Don’t laugh, such magical toys do exist. Buy a playmat with a city or town on it and let your kids use it as a pathway for their cars. Or, purchase a rollable race track that accommodates cars and trucks of almost any size. You can even purchase a rollable piano that yes, actually plays music. When space is at a minimum, a memorable gift for kids that tucks away into space you aren’t using anyway is worth its weight in gold (Or should we say, worth its square footage at New York rates?).

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SUBSCRIPTIONS Give memorable gifts for kids via subscriptions. Finally, give memorable gifts for kids via subscriptions. There is no more imaginative way to open new worlds to children than to help them read. But, books take up a lot of space, and a bookcase could be taking up floor space that could be used for more important pieces of furniture (like a bed). Instead, consider purchasing magazine subscriptions for the kids in your life. The first issue can be wrapped up for Christmas, and subsequent issues will come each month. It’s easy to read through the issue every month, recycle it, and make room for the new one. And with an unlimited number of topics and types of magazines out there, you’ll be able to find something for every child on your list. The most memorable gift does not have to be the largest. Instead of choosing toys that take up floor space, choose gifts that take up time, create fun, and fit neatly into a New York space. From the gift of experiences to the gift of toys that double as storage bins to magazine subscriptions there are memorable gifts for kids out there that work perfectly in even small spaces.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Learn more at OccasionStation.com If you need gift-giving help, consider Occasion Station. How does it work? Our professional personal gift shoppers can find you the perfect Christmas gift at the perfect size and the perfect price for everyone on your list. And that can make you the most famous gift-giver in your family this holiday season (Move over Santa!).

Summary: Generally the Christmas gifts for kids are huge and they require a lot of space in home. So, we need to choose a memorable gift for children who have less space at home.