Living in a small apartment, I am struggling this Christmas to find the perfect presents for the kids, since their playroom space is already overrun with toys. Last weekend, we packed five bags for donation, and the toy bin are still packed. The kids have their Christmas lists all written out, or should I say cut out, pasted and taped, in Siella’s case, and I am strategizing the best way to play Santa, making their experience magical yet logistically logical. With toy commercials and holiday circulars, its seems that the kids want everything they lay their eyes on. For me, I am all about quality over quantity, and prefer that my kids have a couple of quality toys, that will withstand the rough play over time, rather than 15 little toys, that will fall apart after limited use.
But the other half of me wants the children to wake up to a living room full of magic, bustling with gift wrap boxes. My goal this year is to get year child one big gift, and then layout a few smaller toys around them. They don’t need much, and I really want to focus on the toys at the top of their lists, because these are the things they will continue to use throughout the year, rather than others they will lose interest in, after a few weeks.
This past Saturday, we hit up our local Target with the kids so we could gauge their interests. Ryder quickly made his way into the Star Wars section, while Siella went straight for the dolls, and Gemma, believe it or not, walked over to the bikes. At that moment, I knew my big toy options. These toys will be our center piece of each kid’s group of toys, and the big ones will remain under the tree unwrapped for that “wow” factor.
Next, I took notes on some of the smaller toys they migrated to inside the Target toy section. I gathered a mix of educational toys, and wooden toys, which are one of their favorites. And, for stocking stuffers, I will sneak in some of the necessities like character tooth brushes, chap sticks, slippers, and of course books!
Here are some of the kids picks:
So, I took notes, then came home, and ordered everything online. Deliveries in brown boxes are easier to hide from the kids before Christmas. As the kids get older, and the toys get larger, we hide some gifts at our neighbors, who are super friendly and kind. I am so looking forward to Christmas morning and cannot wait to still their reactions.
To kick off the month of December, I am giving away a $200 TARGET gift card to one lucky winner! Happy Holidays!
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