I’ve made a really good dent in my Christmas shopping (tip: don’t leave Amazon.com up on your laptop when your children are at home — I’m terrible at surprising people) and have hit a couple of snags. Maybe someone can help?
#1 In the old days, we kept Christmas pretty simple for one and two year-olds. They don’t care much about “stuff” do they? However, the older siblings now notice what the little kids get, and everyone wants to see cute Thomas opening something delightful. However, we own so many toys already for the toddler set that shopping for more is slightly nauseating. Also, we have to bring everything I’m currently buying back in our suitcases, so it can’t be too large. So… What do you cute people think my cute Thomas “needs” for Christmas? Is there a clever thing for a two-year-old boy that I haven’t heard of? (He turns two in January, so think young two.)
#2 I want to get my kids one new fun thing for the Wii. We’re mostly stuck on Mario Bros. right now — they even like the old-school one, and are very impressed by my skills on it. Oh, and they recently downloaded Tetris and couldn’t believe what I could do with Tetris — I’m so cool. Anyway, I’m thinking maybe rock band, even though the accessories cost more than we paid for the darn Wii, or I could do Wii Sports Resort or something in that category. What have your kids enjoyed, or alternatively, which do you think would kill fewer brain cells?
#3 Mary wants some clothing for her 18-inch doll. It’s not American Girl because those are $100 and she’s FOUR. Madame Alexander makes very similar looking dolls for more like $30 — try Toys R Us, or I think Wal-Mart carries them too. Much more appropriate price point, in my opinion. The clothes I’ve found cost almost as much as people clothes (they start at around $20 for a simple outfit), but this is what she really wants, and (I know what some of you are thinking) there is no possibility I’m going to MAKE doll clothes this year. I’m leaning towards supporting someone’s etsy aspirations, and just wondered, do you know someone who is doing this (there are tons of people making doll clothes on etsy) who I should patronize?