Ok so you’ve got your list keeping sorted thanks to last weeks post and reader suggestions… now it is time to figure out exactly what you’ll buy, and buy it!
I have a goal; to purchase all our Christmas gifts before December 1st.
I don’t like heading to the major shopping centres at the best of times, but I loathe the chaos that December brings to these places, so I’d much rather just stay away.
But since it is already November I need to get a move on if I am going to meet my goal this year.
So, what to buy the kids!?!?!
Our kids already have lots of cool toys, and I am determined not to add more ‘stuff’ to our house just for the sake of getting them something for Christmas. So I have a few main rules when it comes to buying for my kids…
Toys need to be ‘open ended’ – that is, they need to be able to used in lots of different ways, more than once.
Toys need to add to something we already have rather than making a new collection – so more Lego or more fairy figurines or more outside equipment or more art materials.
We’ll also fill their stockings with things they need like socks and summer clothes and books, lots of books.
I’ve already ordered some gifts from our preschool’s fundraising toy catalog. I love shopping from the comfort of my pajamas and having the items delivered to me, and it’s a bonus when it also helps our preschool get some toys and equipment too.
My passion for pajama shopping also means I shop online at lot at this time of year. There are a few sites that I’ve purchased from in the past and really like…
Entropy – this site has a fabulous range and great service. We really like their Gouache Paint Colour Cakes and their scrunch buckets, and this year I’m thinking of buying Morgan a castle!
Eco Toys – If you are after gifts that are eco friendly and ethically made I recommend Eco Toys. We really like their wooden birthday cake, and their beautiful natural wood baby rattles, and I’m thinking of buy these Gnome Blocks for Noah this year. You can also shop at Eco Toys real life shop at 651 Burwood Rd Hawthorn East Melbourne
You can find more of the things we’ve either bought our kids in the past and loved, or things we are thinking about buying our kids on my Christmas Gifts For Kids pinterest board.
So how do you tackle the shopping?
Got any great tips on how to avoid the chaos at the shopping centres?
Can you reccomend a great online store to buy from?
Share your gift ideas, what are your kids getting this year?