Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Gifts

Parents, do you set a limit on how many presents and how much you spend on your kids for the holidays? I think we are getting Small Human five Christmas presents, which I feel is a lot since his birthday is just three weeks later. However, I always promised myself not to hold back for either celebration simply because of the Christmas to Birthday proximity. I just checked the tally and we're under $85 so that's pretty awesome I guess.

I've been pretty good about packing away the toys that he doesn't play with anymore, but as a result I feel like our house sucks the most when I host play dates cause we have so few toys. Small Human seems to be more into his books though, and toys are a flash in the pan usually. Anyway, I'll share my Christmas toy list with you:

1. Elmo Flashlight

He loves Elmo and flashlights, so this is the perfect present for him.

2. Yellow Construction Hat

I have no idea if he'll like this, but since he loves his fire chief helmet so much, I think it will be safe to say he'll get a kick out of another hat to add to his dress up bin.

3. LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set

I'm hoping to get him started on his alphabet and then reading as soon as possible. I don't want to push it, I just want it to come organically and I think this cool toy will help him along. If it's fun, it won't be a chore.

4. Playskool Sesame Street Let's Imagine Elmo

This thing has great reviews on Amazon, so I thought we'd give it a whirl. He may lose his marbles when he realizes that this Elmo can talk right in front of him though.

5. Ruby's Rainy Day and Max's Bedtime books

I just have to add to his Max & Ruby collection. They are some of his favourite books right now and I have to confess that I love to see his face light up when I read these to him.

We are trying to stay away from the large toys because we simply don't have room, but I think it's a pretty sweet haul for a kid under two! I don't think he really understands Christmas yet, so it will be a very nice surprise, and hopefully not too overwhelming. We will also be donating toys to local charities and will continue to do so for as long as we are able to.

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