I also love Christmas shopping from my computer while its snowing. Does anyone else enjoy the blessing of Amazon this time of year? With free shipping, I can hardly justify putting makeup on and fighting the crowds to pay the same price (or more) for items I can buy with a click, click, click - from my cozy home. Plus, Money Saving Mom alerts me to all the latest deals, so I feel like I'm saving. And now I'm starting to sound like a commercial...moving right along.
Which begs the question...What do you buy your toddler for Christmas? I am loving the Melissa & Doug toys - classic, wooden (not technical, beeping, buzzing...you get the idea) toys that make me reminisce about my childhood and feel like my kids are developing skills versus killing brain cells. They are a little pricier than I'd like, but I can see my kids playing with them for years. Have you found a product you couldn't live without for your kids?
Here's what I've purchased so far:
Punching Balloons (because what kid doesn't love those?)
Leapfrog Fridge Phonics (yes, electronic, but educational)
Believe me, the goal for us on Christmas is not quantity, but quality. I've never been one to lavish presents (though I do love gift giving), because I want my loved ones to feel valued in so many other ways. But, I also love the memories I have of Christmas mornings...presents piled under the tree. The excitement on my parents' faces...knowing we were going to love whatever we found under the packaging. Even getting up at 4:30 am because I couldn't stand it any longer (and I was 17 at the time!).
So, what are you buying for your kids this year? What are you excited to give/see them enjoy?