This time of year, while I’m racking my brain trying to figure out what to get for all of my loved ones, they’re busy doing the same. More importantly everyone is trying to figure out what to get for the kids. When it comes to Christmas shopping a lot of people turn to the parents and ask what the littles want and need. I believe in a simple list of do’s and don’ts.
Frankly, I have no interest in telling anyone what to buy for someone else and the same is true when it comes to my kids. There are however a few major points that I would like to point out.
- Books are a timeless gift.
- Nothing for the big boy with tiny pieces that the little boy could choke on.
- Anything battery operated is a pain in my butt.
- There are plenty of toys in our home already.
- If you must buy toys try to build onto collections of things the children already have.
- No video games please. Our older boy has a Leap Pad and learning games are A-Okay, but I will not be happy to see a Nintendo DX or Gameboy under the tree.
- Clothes and shoes seem like they aren’t exciting, but to a child anything wrapped up with a bow is awesome.
- Again, books are timeless. Our kids have a full bookshelf but I’m always happy to make room for more stories.
- Artsy gifts that push creativity or sporty gifts that push activity are a sure win.
- Don’t spend $50 trying to make for a happy baby, he’ll have fun chewing on the box regardless of what’s inside of it.
I know, I know, I sound like a super lame mom but Santa and his elves already have plans to bring our boys a merry holiday. On top of that, there is only so much room for toys in a household and if our children get too many then someone is being put outside to sleep.
If you can use this list to deter excessive giving from your holiday celebration, have at it.
Remember, tis the season to be very cold. Sort through your old clothes, winter gear, shoes and blankets for items your family no longer uses. These items can be donated to churches or other locations for those less fortunate. There are also clothing bins located around most towns and cities (ours are bright red).
Until next time, thanks for reading!