We did a great job at keeping it simple for Lovebug this year, and she ended up with some great things!
We filled her stocking with sensory appropriate goodies, and she loved them all! Dye-Free bubble bath, stickers, chew toys (oral needs), a new vibrating toothbrush, some organic yogurt covered raisins, and an apple.
Other than the stocking, she received ONE gift from us. Just one. It only cost $10 too It was the one thing she told me over and over that she wanted.
This LEGO set:
I don’t know what about it she found so interesting, but she had been talking about it for weeks! I was going to order it online, but it was backordered, so I took a chance and went to the LEGO store at a local mall. I got the last one!!! Praise the Lord! I don’t know what I would have done if I couldn’t find it. It was the one thing she was fixated on.
Needless to say, she was THRILLED Christmas morning.
From the grandparents, the LEGOs kept coming, and she couldn’t have been happier! She is so excited about her new obsession and I’m just starting to think about how we are going to store all of these.
My parents got her a set of minifigures. She loves the Lego people, and she almost drooled when she saw this set in the store. I promptly told her to save up her money because I wasn’t buying it (I’m a mean, cheap Mommy!). She was happily surprised when she opened this!
Hubby’s mom got the Star Wars LEGOS for our whole family, and I wish I had a picture of her excited face when she opened this. She hasn’t seen the movie yet, but she’s fascinated with Star Wars because she has all of Daddy’s action figures from when he was a kid. She has a ball playing with them. We will have so much fun working on these together, especially Daddy & Daughter!! I love them too, but it’s precious to see them working together on them. Daddy knows all the characters and Lovebug just eats it up listening to him explaining which ones are the good guys and which ones are the bad guys.
Other than that, she got BOOKS from both grandparents. She also got spending money from Granny, which she spent today at Half Price Books. She made some great choices, and got the best bang for her buck I think! She loves to read, so she’s just loving it!
Nice and simple. Legos and books. It was so nice to see her get things she liked, but also to keep it simple enough that she had lots of time to play with her new toys without being overwhelmed with too many. She’s already logged hours reading books and playing with Legos, and we will enjoy these things for years to come!
Hubby and I didn’t give each other anything this year. We were being frugal, and we ended up doing a lot of charity giving instead. We both decided that while we definitely plan on continuing the charitable giving each year, it’s also fun to pick out a small gift for each other, and to work with Lovebug to make the other parent something like we did last year. So, we’ll probably bring that back. Even with a $10 limit or so, it’s fun to give the other person something to open too. There can be a happy balance.