I don't think it's just me... but the time in between Halloween and Christmas always FLIES by! I feel like I blink and it's New Years. That said, I like to get my shopping done early so that I can get everything wrapped and then spend my time baking, watching movies and being with my family instead of running to the mall ;)
The way we do gifts for our kids at Christmas is one larger gift from Santa that's left out (and unwrapped) in front of the Christmas tree in the morning. Last year Griffin got this dollhouse and the boys got a WII U.
This year Griffin is getting the Willa Wellie Wisher doll from American Girl (or on Amazon HERE)
... and the boys are each getting a Star Wars Lego set.
Griffin LOVES her baby dolls. LOVES them! I don't think she's ready for a full-size American Girl doll yet and the Wellie Wishers line has awesome reviews for younger girls. She is going to FLIP OUT when she sees her! As much as I was trying to avoid Legos because HOLY LEGOS they're all over their rooms... that was pretty much their entire Christmas lists and so Santa listened :)
After the Santa gifts the kids each get three gifts from me and Dave and those are typically smaller gifts than their Santa presents. There are SO MANY PRESENTS over various celebrations and between us, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. we feel like three (plus stockings and their Santa present) are plenty.
So... here is a list of things that my boys either have and love or things that they're receiving this year.
The boys love doing puzzles. We have this one and have done it twice already...
... and this one looks equally fun. They're more of Luke's level, but Mason loves finding the edge pieces and helping to sort the pieces by color.
Rummikub is probably our very favorite game to play. Griffin is too young, but both the boys TOTALLY get it and we have the best time playing it.
This marble run set is going to be one of Mason's gifts...
... and I can't wait for Luke to open this Snap Circuits set. I read TONS of reviews on Amazon and they are overwhelmingly positive. This kind of thing is right up his alley and I'm so excited for him to get to play and explore a bit.
Magformers are one of my favorite things to give the kids because all three of them can play with them and I think they're one of those toys that we'll have forever. We have multiple sets and just throw them all in a big tupperware because they can all be used together.
Each of the boys is also getting an alarm clock :) My hope is that this will help get them out of their rooms during the week and in their beds on the weekends. hahaha A girl can dream!
And here are a few other fun gift ideas...
Griffin has been all about playing "band" and so we picked up this guitar and this microphone for her and her brothers to perform :)
She also wants to be a "zoo doctor" when she grows up and so she's getting this doctor set and a set of personalized pink scrubs :)
She also plays A LOT of pretend restaurant (See a theme here???) and she's going to flip over this dessert set.
This set of flowers is one of Griffin's most played with toys. It is so much fun and I can't recommend it enough.
Griffin received this tea set last year and plays with this all the time as well.
Now for stockings!!!
I think everyone has their own traditions revolving around Christmas stockings - in Dave's family all of his cousins got the exact same things in their stockings at his Grandma's house on Christmas morning. An orange, an apple, a pack of gum, a package of pencils, etc. In my house growing up, our stockings were always waiting at the feet of our beds filled with little toys, stickers. etc. My brother Mark and I had a pretty great system... whoever got up first would grab their own stocking, head to the other ones bedroom and we'd go through each other's stockings until the set time we were allowed to go wake up my parents :) This was pretty GENIUS on my parents part. hahaha
Whenever the designated time rolled around, we would take our stockings to our parents bed and we'd take turns going through each of our stockings (my parents stockings were always at the foot of their bed as well). After we spent some time going through stockings, we'd head downstairs and do the rest of our presents.
With our kids, we do stockings in our bed first thing in the morning.
The first few years of doing stockings for our kids I feel like we made "rookie mistakes". I hit up the dollar store and felt like I got a lot of bang for my buck, but most of it ended up in the trash within the first few days. Since then, we put a little more "quality" rather than "quantity" and fill it up with some essentials that the kids need along with fun things for them as well.
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The boys get several essentials in their stockings, like socks, underwear and usually a pair of pajamas. (click on the pics to view the items)
As far as the toy/fun items go, we keep it pretty simple. Here are some ideas (I shared several of these last year as well!)
Keep in mind my boys stockings will NOT contain all of those :) hahaha
I also typically throw in a package of their favorite fruit snacks or other kind of special lunch treat that we may not get all that often. Luke ALWAYS asks for one of those giant containers of cheese balls from SAMs as well. hahaha I have a feeling that even as an adult Dave and I will be buying him the tub of cheese balls every Christmas :)
And here are a few ideas for Griffin's stocking!
Here's hoping that you found a couple of ideas today and got a start (or finish!) on your shopping list.
Next week I'll share some ideas for husbands, sisters, friends and teachers!
So... have you started shopping? Are you done with your list? Do you prefer to shop online or love the hustle and bustle of the mall around Christmas? Spill in the comments!
Happy Thursday, Friends!
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