Let me preface this post by saying it’s really just for family. It’s just easier to put up a blog post on the topic that everyone can refer to instead of telling everyone individually. If anyone else is so inclined to read through to what we think our son would like for Christmas, feel free to keep on reading! If not, I won’t be offended if you just skip on over this post. :)
It’s getting to be that time of the year again...the time when the urge to SPEND, SPEND, SPEND takes over. While we would prefer to focus on experiences and family togetherness during the holidays, we do realize that people just can’t restrain themselves when it comes to buying gifts for the little ones. We just ask that you don’t go overboard (MOM!) – our house is small, and it’s already getting filled up to capacity with stuff.
Anyway, without further ado...here are some ideas for WyBear just in case you are wondering what to get him.
Family memberships to the zoo (either one), the aquarium, local museums, the science center, etc, are all great things to have…and they help support the local economy, too! Music, dance or swimming lessons would be super fun as well.
Wyatt is learning constantly at this point in his life, so things that help foster continued learning are great. Wooden alphabet blocks, numbers, music, art, letters, sign language…all good things. He might be a little young for it yet, but a Learning Tower will be great for letting him participate in the kitchen so he learns a love of cooking early on.
Wy is also getting into the idea of helping clean up lately – so a kid-sized broom and dust pan would be fun, too!
We’re totally up for getting these toys second-hand also, and think a make-over would make it a super cool and personalized toy! Here are a few examples of stellar makeovers:
This kiddo just keeps on growing (crazy how that happens, isn’t it?!), and he could always use new clothes. He’s currently wearing size 2T shirts, 18-24 mo pants and size 6 shoes (these are his November 2011 sizes). We hope to stay away from logos and licensed characters for as long as possible, so please avoid the urge to buy that Cars or Batman shirt or even the clothes with the brand name logo (like GAP or OLD NAVY) splashed across it.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Whether Wyatt likes it or not, he’s going to get a college education (we suspect he will like it…but really, he doesn’t have a say in the matter). We’ve opened up a GET (Guaranteed Education Tuition) account for him to fund a portion of his college expense. If you are so inclined, feel free to gift him some money toward his GET account. He’s so young, he won’t remember if you got him a super cool toy or just donated money toward his college fund. His parents sure would remember it fondly though! ;) Seriously, if you are interested in going this route please let us know and we’ll set you up as an authorized gift giver with his online GET account.
So there you have it! More ideas for little WyBear than you can shake a stick at! As to the question of how to avoid duplicate gifts, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. Things can always be returned or exchanged, but if you are really concerned about it we can set up a little email correspondence between family members so that no one steals anyone else’s thunder.