Christmas is just around the corner, and I am sure you are all trying to figure out the perfect gifts. We are blessed with very generous family and friends who love to buy things for our four kids. It is also nice that all of them want us to give them lists of things the kids want for their birthdays and for Christmas. Every year we take the kids to Toys R Us and walk up and down the aisles. We allow them to pick out what they would like and write it down. It is really fun to see what kind of things attract their attention, and how their interests change from year to year. But we don’t stop there. We of course want to be purposeful with the gifts that our kids get for Christmas. So, Nate and I go through their ideas and figure out what will actually make the final lists. We do a lot of research and ask a lot of people in an attempt to find the perfect gift for each kid. And since I am type-A I have kept many of our lists from the last couple of years. So today we are going to share with you some of our favorite toys we have received over the years. Hopefully it will give you some ideas for those little ones in your life.
(FYI- Our oldest boy is 5 so we are a little short on boy items for the oldest list. Please give us suggestions for next year!)
I believe that it is my job to shape my kids’ environment as best as I can to support their development. It is my job to shape and mold their natural interests and talents, and Christmas gifts are a big way we can do that each year. Don’t get me wrong, some of the best gifts are ones that we did not ask for and were not on our wish-lists. Spontaneous and creative gifts from the heart are wonderful. But if the gift-givers in your life are looking for a list, here are a few that have been checked more than twice!
Please comment – what would you add to our list??? What are some of your favorites?
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