Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Favorite Holiday Gifts

For the past few years, we've subscribed to the 4 present guideline for our kids. Each year, we give the kids, something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. Some of the gifts overlap (like our kids might need some winter gear which also works for the something to wear category). I love keeping this in mind as I shop for the kids. It forces me to be very thoughtful with the kids' gifts and not overload them with presents. In our experience, the kids get overwhelmed with too many gifts anyway so it's easier just to have 3 or 4 things to open on Christmas morning.

I love giving gifts that we will be using for a long time and that can be used creatively. The following gifts are ones that we either own already or are giving our kids this year.  Marble Run: Hayden got this last summer from my brother and it has been the most popular toy in our house for months. We are constantly rebuilding the marble run in new shapes and I got a box of 160 marbles on Amazon for $8. It's easy to buy another set to double your fun. Charlotte loves it too, though she's not quite at the building stage yet.

Magna Tiles: Hayden has these at school and is obsessed! They are really cool and there are tons of brands that are all compatible with one another. He may just find his own set under the tree this year...

Melissa and Doug Dollhouse: This is actually a gift we got for Charlotte's birthday (right after Christmas) and I can't wait for her to open it. She already loves  playing with doll houses when we see them in stores or the library.

Radio flyer scooter: A favorite outdoor toy that gets lots of use by both kids. It's a great first scooter and pretty inexpensive.

Doll: Charlotte is our resident animal lover and doll lover and is always trying to carry around at least two dolls or stuffed animals anywhere in the house. This one is so cute!

Play kitchen: A bit more of an investment, but I don't think you can go wrong with a play kitchen. It was the kid's gift last year and gets played with daily in our house. I'm always being served cappuccinos, pizza, cake, and toast by my sweet little chefs.

Brio: We have quite a collection of train tracks in our house and this is fun to pull out on a rainy day and take over a room. Both kids love it and there are so many brands that are compatible so it's an easy gift to add to year after year.  

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