I had something different planned for today, but after mentioning yesterday that I'm done with my Christmas shopping your cries for shopping ahead help were heard :) So today I'll be sharing how/why I shop ahead and give you some ideas for your kids and other family members. Get your gift list out, ladies!
First of all, I probably do about 95% of my shopping online. I don't have tons of time to shop in store and online is just so convenient.
For our kids, we do one bigger gift from Santa that is left out under the tree for them (unwrapped) on Christmas morning. These were there gifts from Santa last Christmas...
This year, Santa will be bringing Griffin this doll house. She's REALLY into imaginative play and I think this will be a big hit for many years. I also picked up this set of people to go in the house.
Santa is still debating, but it looks like he's probably bringing the boys a Wii U MarioKart bundle thing (can you tell how much I know about video games?!?!?!) I've held out for a long time on the video game console requests, but am fairly certain I'm caving. Mama can't resist Mario Cart. Neither Dave or I are video game people - so let me know if this thing stinks :) hahaha
After Santa gifts, we give them each three presents each to open. They get SO MUCH from family and they already have more than they could ever need, so we try to limit it. I also make them each pick three toys (at least!) to donate prior to Christmas to get ready for the new things coming in.
Luke has requested Legos, specifically the Minecraft Ender Dragon, so this set is one of his three gifts. I found it HERE for 20% off - SCORE!
His next request was a rock tumbler. Yes, friends. A rock tumbler. His specific words were, "it's all I've ever really wanted.". :) I found this Smithsonian for Kids one and it was on sale and had great reviews so I snatched it up and I can't wait for him to open it.
Last up is not something that he requested, but I think he's going to be really into it when he sees it. He and Mason are always building ramps out of books and boards and all kinds of things - so I think this ramp exploration kit will be perfect for him. I also think that this is one of those toys that we'll hold onto for grandkids (I can't believe I even typed that!)
I picked this up on Zulily a couple of weeks ago and it's sold out now, but be sure to create a Zulily account so you can be ready when they restock!
I anticipated the desire to build BIG structures (and the arguments over sharing), so one of Mason's three gifts is also going to be a ramp kit :)
His second gift is Magformers. If you haven't heard of magformers before you need to check them out ASAP! They're awesome and all three of our kids love them. They're pricey, but are really well made and have always provided a lot of creative play opportunities for my kids.
Last, he's getting a box with a few Melissa and Doug games/puzzles/activities to hopefully trick him into working on his letters and direction following :) hahaha
Here are a few other things that my boys either have and enjoy or things that they would LOVE (you can click on the picture for more info)
Griffin LOVES taking care of her babies, and so she's getting a high chair which will be great with the cradle she got last Christmas.
I picked up this bead lacing set that I think will be great for making patterns as well as fine motor skills.
The boys have a design and drill set and they lost the drill (boo!), so I think she will LOVE this flower themed one!
A few other things that Griffin either has and loves already or would love are below...
I can't be too specific since I don't want to reveal too much pre-Christmas, but here are a few gifts that are always go-to's for my mom, sister-in-laws, mother-in-law, teachers, etc.
The BLARDIGAN!!! It's kind of a splurge which makes it extra special and fun - something that a mom or mother-in-law might not buy herself. If you haven't felt one before, they're heavy (but not too heavy) and insanely soft. Mine has worn and washed beautifully and I can't wait to wrap some up for Christmas. I picked up a few during the Anniversary Sale, but they're actually 30% off right now!!!!
I have a few girls on my list getting THESE multi-colored glitter studs (which are now back in stock!)
And the items below are some of my go-to gifts for girlfriends, teachers and co-workers.
So... on to guys. They're the worst to buy for! Maybe it's just the guys in my life :)
I've given Dave, my dad and my brother different variations of this pullover several years in a row. hahaha. They last forever, wash well and are warm without being heavy.
I gave Dave this pair of gloves last year and he used them a lot. They're nice because he could use his phone while wearing them.
Dave is a big fan of fun socks, so at least three or four pairs of these will probably end up under the tree for him as well.
I love shopping early because December is always so fun and full and the last thing I want to be doing is going to the mall. I want to be baking cookies and watching Christmas movies and all of that - not running errands.
I also like to have lots of time to wrap gifts at my own pace :) hahaha
I hope that this list helped! If you have other great recommendations leave them in the comments!
Happy Shopping, girls!
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