Anyone else starting to gear their brains up for Christmas? I know, I know...the enthusiasts have been scheming their gift ideas and mantle decorations for months now, but now that it's full-blown Christmas in the stores (and the Halloween stuff is an afterthought on the end-cap of one or two aisles-take note it's only the second week of October) it's kind of hard to put it off any longer.
This year I want to keep it simple. I'm done with the trinket junk plastic-y toys just to fill a stocking and end up getting broken the same day- just over the clutter. I'm focusing on quality over quantity this year (with a lot more than just stocking stuffers actually- it's incredibly refreshing).
Here are some of my top gift picks this year for Jillian and Olivia!
The husband's gift list remains a mystery...(why is he SO hard to buy gifts for?!)
one: wooden musical block set at Sky Mall
two: soft mind shape blocks at Baby Earth
three: a Skiwsh by Manhattan Toy
four: moccs by Freshly Picked
five: wooden teether rattle by Bannor Toys on Etsy
six: soft book by Melissa and Doug
one: cat doll by Petit Collage via Zulily
four: finger puppets by Ikea
five: alphabet soup sorter set by Learning Resources
six: classic literature board books by Baby Lit
(I'm a huge advocate of early literacy...can you tell?)
I used to be very strict on the "no Christmas until Thanksgiving is over..." thing.
But I also used to hate avocados...
I also want to get into the habit of making something for each of my kids for Christmas every year. For Olivia, I found these adorable DIY Olliblocks. She's a little young for them now, but she'll grow into them in a few months!
Jillian is WAY into playing dress-up right now. Today she reenacted the scene of Cinderella leaving her glass slipper behind probably like 10 times in a row. Each time she wanted me to exclaim "Oh no! What are you going to DO?!" It was FUUUN.
I LOVE these yarn braids for dress-up costumes! Doesn't look too complicated to make...hopefully. Instructions here. I think an Elsa version would be cute!
Happy holiday shopping!
May the sales be ever in your favor. ;-)