*This post is totally not even sponsored by anyone, I just wanted to share my list, in hopes that it will help someone, document my life at this time, and seek for more suggestions if you have them!
I am such a procrastinator. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s not rare at all that I am out shopping on Christmas Eve. Honestly,the times I plan ahead for such things often come back to bite me because I’ll buy something–hide it–then forget I even have it! I’ll find it 6 months later and kick myself. So I really can’t buy TOO early. This year though, I’m trying my very best to NOT shop the week before Christmas. I’ve made a list and I’m checking it twice. Just hoping my kids don’t find my list like my brothers and I often found my mom’s (sorry, mom!)
Since they never read my blog, I thought I’d share with you some of the items I’m looking at for my kids, and if you have ANY ideas, I’d love to hear more! I’m not sure what I’ll gift them yet…
For my boys: They are 12 and 10 and love electronics and sports.
I posted a confused question on my facebook page last week needing someone to clear up the whole Skylanders/Skylanders Giants business. They’ve loved the Original Skylanders game, and I’ll admit, coming from a NON gamer, it’s pretty cool that with each guy you place on the portal, it’s a new game.
I saw the Skylanders Giants come out in October, and I thought I’d surprise my boys for their birthdays. So I grabbed a few Giants, only to find out a few days later that the GIANTS are not compatable with the original skylanders game. Of course they are not. Such is my luck. So they’ve had this giants game without the giants “portal” and I’m determined to get that all cleared up for Christmas. From what I understand, I just need the Portal Owner Pack (since I already OWN the other), not the starter kit, since I have the original. If I were starting from scratch with the game series, I’d buy the Skylanders Giants Starter Kit.
My10 year old son has requested the NERDS books. Heard of them? I should know more about them since I’ve seen them reading them, more of a comic book type. They already love Diary of a Wimpy Kid books (I got the newest one at the school book fair), and Captain Underpants (much to my chagrin, I’ve had to let go of some things).
A pair of $12 socks. Nike Elite Sports Socks. I’ll admit, I thought it was crazy when my son first mentioned them for his birthday in October. What the what?!? But hey, I wanted a pale pink pair of Guess overalls in the 5th grade, so I get it. He was gifted a pair by his friend, and he wears them all. the. time. Like, gross all the time. I thought I’d indulge the boys and get them each a pair, but they are HARD to find! Amazon has a few colors, and I like shopping at Amazon with all the Prime business. My mom has the Prime and her kids get to benefit from that.
Sports clothing. They didn’t ask for this, but their fashion savvy mom wants them to be somewhat ahead of the game. I don’t like to pay Nike prices though. I look around to find a deal. They love anything athletic wear!
Over Thanksgiving break, my son was watching TV, and all of a sudden told me, I want a snake bite remote control car for Christmas (I’d been asking him earlier what he wanted and he came up with nothing). I was so excited that he tole me, I went straightway to look it up, only to find this bad boy for $170. More than I’d like to spend on my youth son who came up with this impulsively after a commercial. Any suggestions on a good one for under $50?!?
Now for the Girls–They are 7.5 and 3.5
Of course they have varying interests, but play nicely together. When my youngest saw the Little People Disney Princess Castle at a friends house, she was amazed by it.
Funny enough, she doesn’t even know many of the princesses (don’t have many of the movie’s–I know, flog me), but she knows she loves them anyway. I told my mom who is “Little People” obsessed, and she asked if she could give it to her for Christmas. I relented, though because I don’t like too many BIG THINGS.
They have a whole set of said princesses
My older daughter has been riding on a neighbor-hand-me-down bike for years, and she’s been hinting at a bigger one. Purple was the requested color. Excited about this one!
I’ve also been looking at a little bike for my youngest, since she’d trotting on an old hot wheels, and was excited about this Pinkalicious bike for her!
Of course, we’ll have to have a handful of Lalaloopsey dolls on hand after her LaLa party 6 months ago. The mini’s are preferred…do you have girls that play with them?
Lastly, my 3 year old spotted this vanity in a store a few months ago and cannot stop talking about it!
I’m not excited about such a massive piece of plastic (the doll castle is big enough) so I’m trying to sweet talk my husband into making one for the girls’ room. We are working on their re-do, after all.
Besides that, they’ve mentioned hair accessories, earrings, a laptop (uh-huh), and a Barbie Coloring Book.
My husband had this grand idea that we not get each other anything for Christmas. I’m really not a fan of that, but we are just off of fresh necessary purchases. I am waiting for the big Apple announcement to order a new iMac (very nervous about this hop, but planning on it for 4 months now) and he just turned in his ’96 car for a truck. I may or may not surprise him with a tool he hasn’t asked for and doesn’t know he needs yet.
My mom is requesting a little list from me…what do I want? Some home projects done!
What are you looking at for your kids? Am I missing something fun my kids would enjoy? What are YOU asking for or giving your spouse?
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