I don’t know about you, but Christmas shopping has become almost 100% cyber for me. Honestly, I really do love wandering from aisle to aisle looking for that perfect gift, but with four kids, aged 6, 4, 2, and 2 weeks…NOPE! I am enormously thankful for online shopping that allows me to snag those gifts at 2am when I’m up feeding the baby or while waiting in the pick up line at my daughter’s school!
While I haven’t finalized my kids’ gifts, I want to share with you some items on my short list!
Babies are tricky to shop for, especially a bitty newborn like my little Grant. He doesn’t want anything, so his presents will definitely fall more into the need category like these adorable mocs or simply some good baby socks – baby socks are notorious for disappearing! I also like to think about a few toys that he can grow into over the next year like these or a great church toy like this. And sometimes things that make my life easier (because I need all the help I can get!). I’m a HUGE fan of this weighted swaddle. The package promises an extra two hours of sleep, and I can attest to that! For bigger babies or swaddle-haters, they also make these. Totally worth the money!!
My two year-old son is a total rascal. His Christmas presents will be focused on things for him to do while I’m busy with his baby brother. He is highly skilled at making enormous messes and getting into things the girls would have never even considered. If it’s messy, sharp, dangerous, fragile, or an otherwise bad idea – he’s all over it. Total. Rascal. I’m hoping this and this will help keep his mischievous hands busy. In theory, these and these will allow him to express his creativity in a more controlled way ;). (The Water Wow books also make perfect church toys! I like to buy them in bundles like this so I always have one waiting in the wings.) Finally, the best way to keep him out of trouble is to send him outside, ha! My girls both have scooters exactly like this one, and even though they are designed for older kids, he can make them fly and loves stealing theirs. Play time will be so much more peaceful if he has his own!
My four year-old daughter would be perfectly content to receive only dolls and doll related gifts, but this year I plan on making about half of her gifts educational in nature. I love having her home, and would rather skip preschool and get to hang onto her a little longer, but we need to be ready for Kindergarten in a year and a half! I am so excited to try these out – we’re going to start with the Patterns & Sequencing and Favorite Fairy Tales. There are so many different sets, from preschool – 3rd grade. I’m also a huge fan of Kumon Books. I may have to narrow it down, but I have my eye on Simple Addition, Uppercase Letters, Lowercase Letters, and Cutting. My oldest daughter loved her set! Finally, because I cannot squelch her sweet mothering instinct, a few little mommy toys. I’ve been wearing the baby quite a bit in my Tula or my ring sling, I know she will be over the moon excited to have her own carrier just like mommy’s. And what little mama leaves the house without a well stocked diaper bag?
I also want to share a few hits from last year’s Christmas. This simple balance board has been enjoyed by all of the oldest three, and this silly inflatable donkey has provided hours upon hours of entertainment and exercise – perfect for the colder months when outside play isn’t always possible. Both inexpensive and very popular!
Finally, my big six year-old. She’s four months into Kindergarten and is all about sharpening her math and reading skills (her mama was a nerd, too). This handheld gadget will help with quick math, and she can’t get enough of Barbara Parks’ Junie B. Jones series. I’m also throwing in a very practical item just because mayyyyybe my husband won’t balk at the cost if we put it under the “Christmas” umbrella. This hair care line is supposed to be great at fending off lice. We haven’t had any problems yet, but you know, public school…
We’ve also decided to give each of our kids a new Bible this year. The girls’ have disappeared, poor Whitt never got one, and baby Grant needs one as well. For baby Grant, we’re going with the classic first Bible. Whitt (2) is getting the Jesus Storybook, which I have heard great things about. Harper (4) is ready for a full-sized Bible like this one. And Ellery (6), this one, along with some gel highlighters for Bible marking. (I may have to take a gander at those gorgeous Bible covers Kristen mentioned in her recent gift post!)
Lastly, I wanted to share something my sweet sister-in-law sent me from another blogger, The Penny Pinchin’ Mom. Her post about Love Gifts is absolutely precious and has inspired me to begin this tradition with our kids this year. Our kids will not look back and remember the gifts we bought them, but rather the memories we made and the love we had for them. Sure, they want things. But their deepest heart desires you; your attention, your focus, your concern, your prayers, your laughter, and your love. The richest and most blessed families are not those with large bank accounts and brand new cars, but those that are abounding with love for one another!
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