With the holiday season upon us, the challenge of successful gift-giving is also upon us. Hanukkah ended, so the shopping is done for that. Festivus is the 23rd, so you’ve got a few days to get your pole ready and prepare yourself for the pinning of the host or Feats of Strength. Christmas shopping has likely begun and is stressing you out. Kwanzaa’s gift-giving celebration is at the end of the week-long holiday, which happens to fall on New Year’s Day.
Whatever you celebrate, here’s what you shouldn’t do: spend outside of your means. Your loved ones know you love them—that $25 pair of socks, $100 makeup kit, $500 handbag— none of these gifts mean you love them more. Spending just to spend is a bad idea, and they’ll understand. (If they don’t, they’re missing the point.)
The problem is, no one ever knows what they want for Christmas, myself included. I literally have no idea what I want that I wouldn’t necessarily buy myself if I needed. Kids, however, know what they want. N has things he wants, and G can’t yet verbalize what he wants.
Here’s a list of the things N asked for/is hopefully getting from Santa (and family) along with gifts G is getting:
- “Despicable Me“ and “Despicable Me 2“: N loves Minions. LOVES! And getting both on Amazon for $13 seemed like a good deal. He asked for these.
- Koo Koo Kanga Roo fanny pack: It’s gold, and he loves KKKR, “so“ this one was a no-brainer. N and I went to see them in concert a few months back, and he was in total awe. He pretends random things are fanny packs at home, so it’s about time to get him his own.
- Post-Its, highlighters, binder clips: If you read my post a few weeks ago, I mentioned N’s infatuation with office supplies.
- Sneakers: G desperately needs a new pair of sneakers, not a hand-me-down pair from N.
- Stacking Set: G’s coordination is pretty good, but let’s face it, the wooden block/shape-sorter thing is missing too many pieces. Might as well get him something new.
- Magnetic Calendar+Weather board: N loves when he’s the “weatherman” at school and really enjoys marking days off the calendar, so we got this for him so he can enjoy the perks of school at home … even on weekends.
- Mylec Floor Hockey set: The hallway in our house is perfect for hockey and running the gauntlet, and we’ve experimented with floor hockey before with mini putters and plastic golf balls. Time for an upgrade to the real thing!
- Clothes: Boring for any 4-year-old, but there’s only a few items so he’ll get over it.
- Snow boots: We also need to get G some boots for the New England winter.
- Maze book: N loves mazes, preferably number mazes. We got him a huge book of 500 mazes. It’ll probably take him a few hours to do all of them, but he’ll love it.
- Personalized plate & placemat: This one’s for G since N already has a couple of plates and a placemat with his name on them.
So there you have it, the 2015 Christmas list. Next year, we’ll have three boys to buy for but chances are the new guy won’t really give two hoots what he gets. He’ll (hopefully) be content with things we’ve already accumulated from the first two.
Have a safe and happy holiday, whichever one you celebrate!