I am firmly an early shopper when it comes to Christmas time. I don’t do Black Friday because A) too crowded and B) no need- I am almost always done with my shopping well before Thanksgiving. This year is no exception, though I am still waiting on delivery of one item for Mr. Monkey and I still need to get him a few stocking stuffers.
I’m pretty excited about the kid’s gifts this year. I did a good job of staying on budget (I set a total holiday budget of $400 this year, that includes cards, gifts for everyone on the list, including me, decor, etc) and trying to stick to the “something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read” plan.
For Miles (age 6) the something he wants is always Legos, so I got him a few small sets, including this soccer themed one which took forever to find and was the only soccer themed one that didn’t cost hundreds of dollars:
Completing the soccer them will be his something to wear of a Manchester City soccer club t-shirt and scarf.
His “something to read” is this:
He has been DYING to learn to knit, so his something he needs will be some yarn and needles to go with the book. I think he is going to love it. I think I need to reteach myself to cast on before Dec. 25th.
Stocking stuffers for him will be some paint for finger painting in the bathtub (thank you Target dollar section), a small stuffed animal, and some non-Lego brand mini-figure soccer players. I may steal some of his Halloween candy from his bag and put it in his stocking since I am totally fine with being cheap like that.
For Ev (age 2):
Her “something she wants”:
Can I just say that it is SUPER annoying that the African American doll house figures cost more than the white family dollhouse people do? I didn’t get a mommy figure yet as I think she can use one of her “Princess” dollies to capture my true essence.
Her “something to wear” is so freaking cute I can’t stand it:
Her something to read is a set of Fancy Nancy books (that sound you just heard was my husband groaning. He is not a fan, I think they are cute).
Her “something she needs” is this guy:
She is OBSESSED with Yo Gabba Gabba these days and has three of the friends already. Toodie, Brobee and Foofa go with her almost everywhere. She needs Muno, obviously.
As for me, I’m hoping for a new phone case (something I need) and maybe a cheap sewing machine (I want to learn) or the board game “Ticket to Ride” in the Europe version.
How about you, friends? What is on your list?