Re: Holiday Gift Help?
posted at 11/20/2012 12:42 PM EST
I hear you on trying to figure out gifts...it's tough because at that age, they don't need any toys, and they won't know if you give them anything or not!
I started buying an ornament a year for DD, and will continue that tradition with DS, and my mom has added the kids to our family tradition of new PJs for Christmas Eve, but other than that, so far, I've kept Christmas gifts from us to a minimum. They've been mostly books, along with a few toys. Last year's "big" gift was a Megablocks table and a big bag of the megablocks to go with it....she was 14 months then. This year, the big present, which is for both kids (2 m. old and 2 y. old) is a nice kid-sized table and chairs...it's something both kids will use, but only DD will appreciate now. Aside from that, the 2 year old is getting a lot of crayons, stickers, colored paper, that kind of thing, as well toy plates, cups, pots/pans, etc. The 2 month old will be getting some books and a couple of new toys, and otherwise, I'll be rewrapping some of DD's infant toys that had been put away...that's mostly for the benefit of the 2 year old, so her brother's pile of presents looks about the same as hers...it's a trick my aunt suggested and worked for the first 2-3 Christmases for my cousins.
Also, I think it's easier for people with boys to buy more gender neutral toys, but if you're planning to have any more kids, I'd suggest trying to keep as many of the basic toys (blocks, for example, but bigger things like tables, bikes, etc, too) gender neutral so that no matter what other kids may be, everyone can play with them and you're not buying duplicates of everyhting in different colors in two years.