Gift Giving

Holiday Gift Giving, Part 3

This post is coming to you a bit after the fact.  You see, I’ve already purchased all of my girls’ Christmas presents (and damn does it feel good!).  But, I will still share with you what will be under the tree this year for my four year old.  I admit, I went a bit overboard.  It was just too easy!  In case you missed the previous posts, my girls will be getting some joint gifts this year and Nora will also be getting her own loot.  Oh and did I mention that I’m DONE shopping for them?!

Anyway, without further ado, here is what Brinley will be getting this year…

First, and really the only thing she has asked for, the Leapster Exploerer

I had been scouring the Black Friday ad leaks for weeks hoping for a good deal on this.  The retail price is $69.99.  I’m always hunting for bargains but since this is the first year of the Leaspter Explorer I figured there was a slim chance I’d get a fantastic price.  I also wanted the pink one but its a Toys R Us or exclusive.  I ended up buying the green one on Black Friday because Target had a $10 off coupon in their flyer and I had the $10 off coupon from specially marked boxes of Cheerios.  So, I got it for $49.99 which I think was pretty good.  I’m also really glad that I didn’t wait because it’s now out of stock almost everywhere!  There are so many accessories and games that go along with this but I tried to be good and only bought her 3 games – Disney’s Tangled, Disney Princesses, and Ni Hao Ki-lan.  Hopefully those will keep her busy for a while.

I also got her a few games.  Elefun, which she has played at a friends house and loved (and I think it’s fun too), Don’t Spill the Beans, which I remember from my childhood, and Hi Ho Cherry-O.

Next I got her a Spriograph.  Remember these?  It’s that drawing thing where you have the little gears and you put a pen in it and spin it around and make cool designs.  Brinley LOVES to draw and I know she’ll get a kick out of this if she can get the hang of it.  If not, I’m sure I’ll have fun with it!

I honestly can’t even remember what else I bought.  It’s hidden away for now until I wrap it.  I did get each of the girls one of those Sing-a-Ma-Jig things.  At first I thought they were a little scary but after playing with one in the store for a few minutes it started to grow on me.  And Kohl’s had them on super sale on Black Friday.  So I picked up two.

Well, there you have it folks.  I’m sure I left something out but you get the general idea.  My girls are a bit spoiled but we don’t really buy for anyone else so it’s not so bad.  And since we just got a new furnace, humidifier, air purifier and central air coil installed last month, Scott and I certainly won’t be exchanging gifts this year. (But my birthday is on December 23rd and I better be getting something for that!  What?  I AM turning 30!)

Holiday Gift Giving, Part 2

In addition to some joint gifts, my girls will each be getting gifts of their own this Christmas.  Though I am almost positive that they’ll end up playing with each others toys regardless of how age inappropriate they may be.  Case in point: Nora loves to play with Brinley’s LeapFrog Scribble and Write even though she doesn’t know the right way to use it and Brinley is equally excited to play with the shape sorter and ball popper even though she’s four.  Anyway, I digress…

It’s a little difficult to figure out what to get Nora for Christmas this year.  We’ve already got most of the toys that kids her age play with because we had them for Brinley.  Sure, they’re hand-me-downs in a sense but it doesn’t bother her (thankfully).  However, Nora is interested in a lot of things that Brinley never liked.  You see, Brinley was (and mostly still is) a very passive player.  At Nora’s age, Brinley enjoyed books, puzzles, coloring and flash cards (I kid you not!).  Nora, on the other hand, prefers to throw, break and destroy said things.  She’d much rather be climbing, running, dancing and generally causing trouble.  So, in that sense, there are many things that she’ll like that Brinley never had.

Here is a list of some of the things that I think we’ll be getting Nora for Christmas..

First is the Playskool Sit N’ Spin

The funny thing about this toy is that we had one for Brinley (it was handed down to us from a friend) and she never could figure out how to use it.  She’d sit on it and try to her hearts content to get going, but just couldn’t manage.  It frustrated her so much that we eventually gave it away.  Nora, though, loves it.  There’s one at the playgroup we attend and she got on it one day and started spinning and spinning.  I was so amazed that she was able to figure it out so fast.  A perfect gift for her, for sure!

Next up, a ball hopper

This one has Disney Princesses on it but I may opt for a  more generic one.  Nora is not really into princesses yet, but Brinley might like it :-)  This is another one of those toys that Brinley didn’t care for that I know Nora will like.  She loves to bounce and jump and even if her little legs won’t quite reach the ground yet I know she’ll love for me to bounce her on it.

Then comes the toy vacuum

Nora loves to mimic what I am doing.  She’s always grabbing the broom and walking around saying “dirty, dirty”.  She loves to sweep and wipe up messes which is nice since she’s so great at making messes!  I think she’d get a kick out of having a vacuum just her size.  I haven’t decided if I want to get one of the working toy ones or not.  I’m torn between thinking it would be helpful and thinking it’s child labor :-)

And finally, the Fisher-Price Classic Record Player

This gift might be more for me than her :-)  I had one of these when I was little and I remember playing with it all the time.  I loved it!  I think it will be so cool  to see my girls playing with it.  Ah, nostalgia!

That about wraps it up.  I’m sure there will be some other little trinkets and stocking stuffers (and gasp! clothes) thrown in but those are the “big” things.  Stay tuned for Brinley’s list in the next week or so.  What will you be getting your 18ish month old for Christmas this year?

Holiday Gift Giving, Part 1

Do you realize that there are only 46 shopping days left until Christmas?  This year has just flown by!  Anyway, there is no time like the present (pun intended) to start thinking about gifts and what will be bought.  I know there are some who have probably already started their holiday shopping, but I prefer to wait until at least November.  Last year I took the Black Friday plunge for the first time and managed to complete all of my kids’ Christmas shopping that day. I woke up at 3am (and I’m NOT a morning person!) and stood in line in the freezing rain at Target to snag some good buys. It was a crazy experience but I totally intended on hitting up the Black Friday sales again this year!

I already have some running lists for the girls.  This year they will be getting a few joint gifts and then a few things for each of themselves.  Hopefully this will work out nicely and there won’t be too much fighting.  They’re at ages where they both want to be playing with the same things or if one has something, the other wants it.  I really hope my gift ideas are a hit.  Here is a brief list of some of the joint gifts I plan on getting them.

The BIG joint gift will be the Fisher-Price Loving Family Grand Doll House Super Set

Not only does it include the doll house but it also includes furnishings for the kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathroom.  It also includes the mom, dad, big sister, and twin babies.  Other furniture is available for the house and this will give me something to suggest to grandparents/aunts/uncles for gifts for the girls.  The super set is only available at Toys R Us and is currently $159.99 so hopefully it will go on sale or be a Black Friday deal!

Next up, the Melissa & Doug Baking Cookies Set

Both of the girls really enjoy playing with pretend food, hosting tea parties and bringing me make believe treats.  They love the Melissa & Doug cutting food as well as their plastic kitchen food.  We’ve played with this set at a friends house and it was a huge hit.  I know the girls will love it.

The Disney Princess Dream Castle Ball Pit is next on the list.

Being stuck inside during the winter is going to be rough with my girls.  They both love being out and about and will need an outlet for all of their bottled up energy.  Hopefully this will do the trick.  It’s small enough to keep indoors but can also be used outside.  It only comes with 30 balls so I’m sure I’ll have to buy one of those extra 100 ball packs to go with it.  It’s a decent size compared to some of the other blow up ball pits I’ve seen.

My list is ever growing (and occasionally changing) so I’ll be posting more of my gift ideas for the girls here and there.  Any reviews or opinions on my selections?  What are you planning to get your little ones this holiday season?

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