If you have young children, the magic in the air as Christmas approaches is often accompanied by dread: dread of having to make your annual excursion to a big-box store to pick up the latest action figure, video game or electronic gadget that you know will be history by next year. Sure, your child may love these gifts for a while, but chances are they’ll barely remember them in a few years’ time.
Why not do something a little different this year by giving your child a gift that lasts? A piece of solid, handcrafted wooden furniture is something they’ll be able to enjoy themselves—and may even pass down to their own children. Here are a few ideas:
Child-sized rocking chairs: The little ones in your life will feel very grown up if they have their own rocking chair to sit in that’s just like the one Mom and Dad used to rock them in when they were a baby. Imagine your three-year-old rocking their own baby doll to sleep or looking through picture books on Christmas morning while nestled in their very own chair.
Desks: Every school-aged child needs a quiet place of their very own to do homework. These days, it’s easy to find handcrafted desks that are compact, attractive and functional—made to accommodate computer components as well as storage for pens and paper.
A blanket box: Remember when young women used hope chests to collect all the clothing and linen they might need for marriage? While that idea may be long gone, children still love having a place to store their treasures. Later, your teenager can repurpose it as a place to stash extra clothing or sports equipment.
You’ll find a great selection of chairs, desks, blanket boxes and other handcrafted Mennonite furniture at Hart’s Country Furniture. Visit Hart’s today at 111 High Street in Sutton, or browse their impressive collection at www.pinefurnitureontario.com.