But. Time to talk about gifts! I always love to hear what new coolness people have come up with for their loved ones. Unfortunately many of mine (except the kids) read this blog so I'll have to be general.
First of all, Ed and I have decided to be "practical" and get ourselves a new front door for Christmas. It's true, we need one badly and not having an Arctic draft blowing through our entire downstairs would be the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. It took me some time to mourn the element of surprise this decision lacks, but I am a grown-up now and that brings ups and downs alike.
But the kids are getting fun stuff! I tried a new tactic this year; I think it kind of worked. Usually I start buying early, and end up with entirely too much stuff for the kids. This year I wouldn't let myself start buying until December; by that point, I had been working on lists for months so I was able to pare down and pick only a few choice things.
- Slippers, nice ones (Ginger - sheep, Hazel - polar bears)
- DVD's (Ginger - Muppets Christmas Carol, Hazel - Toy Story 3)
- Super froofy pettiskirts from Costco (Ginger - blue, Hazel, purple)
- Books, PJ's, and matching Wiggles T-shirts (Ginger's request)
- And their BIG gift this year is this inflatable 2-person bouncer. We're going to inflate it Christmas eve and have it waiting for them in the living room Christmas morning. The homeowner in me hates how big it is, especially since there's no good place to put it, but the Mom in me is thrilled to have something for them to JUMP on - maybe we won't break a couch this year!
- fruity Tootsie roll banks
- mini clicky instruments from the Michael's dollar bin
- CD's (Ginger - Backyardigans, Hazel - Justin Roberts)
- Firefly toothbrushes
- Bubble bath (Ginger - gingerbread, Hazel - peppermint)
- measuring tapes (the real ones, heavy metal, from Home Depot - they love to play with the one from our toolbox)
- Band-Aids (Ginger - Cars, Hazel - Dora)
- There are eight kids in Ginger's preschool class. Luckily one of the other moms got us organized and collected for a group gift - $10 per family for a Tysons Corner (mall) gift card. Who wouldn't love $80 to spend at the best mall around?
- Not quite so organized for the kindergarten class. Hazel has two teachers so I perused some of the comments in my past gift posts, and went with simple but hopefully useful: movie passes, two each. They'll like those, right?
I wasn't going to get Poppy anything this year. There's just nothing she needs but to play with the wrapping paper and bows. But in the end I broke down and got her exactly three things:
- Put and Peek Birdhouse by Manhattan Toy (she's ready for that fun fill-and-spill stage)
- Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes (her favorite lights and sound phone, which is discontinued, is on the fritz)
- Pink Monster Hooded Bath Wrap (it's time to admit she is too big for those baby towels)
- Nothing for her stocking. In fact, she doesn't even have a stocking. We hung up my old childhood one for her. I'll make her one next year. Or the next year. Actually, we just discovered today that she likes grapefruit. Maybe we'll put one in her stocking.
Finally, I was browsing around on Design Mom tonight and thanks to her super suggestion, I ordered this for my grandma in her 90's - just in the nick of time for Christmas delivery! Grandma lives in Oregon and I have only gotten to see her a handful of times in my life, though we have written. How pathetically sad that I have never sent her a Christmas gift. That is going to change starting now.
So now let's hear it from you - what are you getting your kids, your spouses, your relatives, your parents? Any *big* gifts this year? I could especially use ideas for your husband's stocking. I might be short a few things.