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What to get (and what NOT to get) my kids for Christmas

December 10, 2012

I really like the that my family enjoys buying things for my kids for the holidays. I also appreciate that they want to see the joy on their faces. As much as it makes my kids greedy, it also gives ME the opportunity to teach them how to appreciate gifts and be gracious!

If your family is anything like mine you probably get several phone calls, or text messages these days, asking what they size your child(ren) wear or what they “need”, etc. I usually take that opportunity to politely drop hints but, they are not always received and in most cases the asking party already knows what they are going to get them.

Here is my list of things they DON’T need:

  1. Toys with small pieces that will inevitably be stepped on, in the dark, while carrying a sleeping toddler to her bed. These do provide a great deal of entertainment and require imagination etc. However, they are also usually made of plastic and provide a choking hazard for the younger children in our house. In addition, our small dog likes to eat these things which is also not something I would like to encounter. Not to mention, I don’t particularly care for pulling plastic mini doll parts out of my heels.
  2. Toys that make noise but somehow don’t require batteries. You know, the ones you squeeze, they say or sing something cute and your child LOVES it! Then, the batteries lose juice and it sounds like a demon has taken over your child’s new favorite toy causing nightmares. Or worse: The batteries stop altogether and your child expects you to “fix” it. But you can’t because there is no way to get inside to replace them!
  3. Stuffed animals! Please, just don’t, thank you!
  4. Blankets. We live in the desert of Arizona. It is December 8th and today’s temperature was 74 degrees. If it should happen to drop below 70 degrees we have socks. If you feel inclined to make something handmade please see the list of items they DO want/need below 🙂
  5. FOR THE TEEN: (she isn’t technically a teen for a few months) Please don’t get her any clothes. Yes, she does want AND need clothes. However, every time we buy her clothes she wears a different size. It is extremely likely that any clothes you buy will be too small. But, of course, she will love them and want to wear them even though I can see her belly button and/or butt crack. (See alternatives below)
  6. FOR THE TEEN: Makeup. Nail polish is fine. But nothing that goes on her face. I realize 12 year olds are currently wearing more makeup than I do. I don’t care! MY child is not old enough or responsible enough. She also does not need to worry about her appearance to the degree of wanting to change or enhance it. (Lip balm and gloss is OK)

What to get instead of the items previously mentioned:

  1. Cash, of course. That way they can learn the value as well as how make decisions.
  2. Etsy gift cards! We love handmade goodies and etsy is the best place to find anything for any age. This includes cloth diapers, natural beauty products, clothes, cleaning supplies, art and pretty much anything else!
  3. FOR THE TODDLER: Wooden toys! Wooden toys are very durable, require no batteries but do require imagination and creativity.
  4. General crafting supplies. Paint, crayons, pencils, colorful papers, decorative scissors, drawing books, pretty much anything that could be used for multiple projects. They might just make you something with them!
  5. Books. Both physical books and electronic! The Teen reads on her kindle frequently and often reads to the Toddler. So Amazon credits are a great gift as well!
  6. Items made from recycled materials!

I’m sure there are many other items that we would love but I will keep this to a short list.

Are there any things you DON”T want to see your kids get this year? Pleases share! Thanks for reading!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2012 3:02 pm

    No more stuffed animals – in the name of ALL that is holy, please, please no more stuffed animals.

    • December 10, 2012 8:47 pm

      Hah!! Glad to know I’m not the only one!

      • December 11, 2012 10:16 am

        Good heavens, we have PILES of them. When my younger daughter sleeps at night, she looks like ET she has so many!

  2. December 10, 2012 3:33 pm

    I am guilty of buying my friends kids (years ago) xylophones–you know those wooden boxes with stips of metal and a hammer so they can play songs that they make up? My friends have not forgiven me to this day!! (But the kids loved them!!)

    • December 10, 2012 8:48 pm

      One year I specifically told my mother in law not to buy one of those “bubble pop” things that kids push around and the little balls inside go crazy… Guess what she go that year… and guess what got thrown out a week later!

  3. December 10, 2012 5:17 pm

    I understand what you mean when it comes to your daughters clothes. My daughter rather have a gift card, she doesn’t like my taste anymore.. hmm I wonder why.. 14 years old I guess that’s why.

    • December 10, 2012 8:54 pm

      I’m OK with SOME of the styles but she doesn’t get the size thing. She thinks if she can get in on her body it fits. Not the case dear child! that would be like me wearing her clothes. Maybe after I have this baby I will show her what that would look like, lol.

  4. December 11, 2012 10:23 am

    Very well put 🙂

  5. Jenn permalink
    December 11, 2012 7:12 pm

    I need to do this, maybe start sending a letter, somewhat like the annual Christmas letter only it will be our list of what NOT to get, and yes, stuffed animals will be on our list also.

  6. December 11, 2012 9:47 pm

    I can empathize with most of the don’t. Love the idea of asking for an etsy giftcard the possibilities are endless!

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