Sometimes it’s not easy to curb the present buying, even when the budget’s front of mind. But I have to keep in mind that our families are very generous, and what he doesn’t receive at Christmas we can always consider again for his birthday six months later. T really loves puzzles and adores a US States map we bought him when he turned 2 (I highly recommend this brand and this puzzle, it’s fun for T and fun for B and me, too), so I really wanted to get him a world map, puzzle or even a globe – GeoSafari anyone? I loved that thing when I was a kid! – of some kind. But there will be other occasions for that. If he doesn’t learn his countries until he’s 3, the world will go on. I also really wanted to get him the train table of his train wanting dreams, but we just don’t have the room for it in our house right now. He’s at such a fun age where everything is cool and new, and it’s hard to not want to buy everything. You get the picture, the categories keep me from going overboard.
For our sweet Neller Bean, who is happy to play with the baby toys that were her brother’s, we keep to the same categories, but acknowledge that she doesn’t need tons, just a simple toy for her curious fingers, a lovey, and a “girl-y” book.
And of course, Santa will fill the stockings for all of us. He tends to opt for things like toothpaste, new toothbrushes, underwear, decks of cards, etc.
So that’s how we do Christmas over here. What about you? Do you have any traditions around the gifts you give? How do you choose gifts? One of my good friends grew up in a family of four and Santa brought one gift for the whole family to enjoy – one year a trampoline, one year a Foosball table…I always thought that was a great idea!