I don’t know about you but for some reason I’m having a heck of a time trying to figure out what we’re going to get the girls this year for Christmas. With Evelyn being 19 months and Mabel 3, I want to find gifts that they will use and love and not toys that will get shoved aside. It’s also trying to find that balance of not going over board in the gift giving arena. Sometimes less is really more. Now I know my uncertainty isn’t a good start to my Holiday Gift Guide but hang in there… I’m giving you my top 5 gifts that my kids have Loved, that ARE standing the test of time and my top 5 ideas of what I’m loving and considering for my girls this year…
The Gifts That Keep On Giving
Melissa & Doug Folding Princess Castle : This was given to Mabel on her 2nd Birthday. It’s set up in her bedroom and kids love it. They can sit and entertain themselves with this castle for extended periods of time and to me that’s gold. Here are the accessories to the castle which really made it all come to life. Also another option is the Medieval Castle .
The Anywhere Chair : This chair really can go anywhere and it does! We move it to their rooms so they can read, to in front of the TV for dare I say some screen time. It’s also been constructed by yours truly to become a fort numerous times. Easy to wash as well. We have got our money’s worth out of them.
Melissa & Doug 60 Piece Block Set : Mabel is really into building blocks and Evelyn is really into knocking down what ever Mabel builds :/ I love watching Mabel build her cities, rocket ships and boats. It’s also just a nice low impact activity that I love doing with my girls.
B. Symphony No. 2 : This was given to Mabel on her 1stbirthday. My kids love to get the music going on this one. They arrange the different instruments to get new sounds and dance their hearts out. The fact that it is still up and running is a miracle to me. They have got some serious mileage out of this music box and I don’t see it going out of style in our house anytime soon.
Birdie Book Series : My girls love to read. I’ve talked many times about this special book series by Sujean Rim . It’s still a favorite in our household. The fact that there are 5 Birdie books to choose from keeps it new and fresh to them. We love Birdie and I think you will too!
I want to find gifts that they will use and love and not toys that will get shoved aside...
Hopeful Gift Ideas
Magna Tiles : With Mabel and her love of building, I think these magnetic tiles are right up her alley!
Pinhole Press Photo Books : I came across this great gift idea for Evelyn on Pinterest . Evelyn can sit around for long periods of time browsing at books. So why not add her families faces in a book! I think she’ll love it. I also LOVED this Memory Game for Mabel. The company has a lot of fun personalized gifts which I always find such a thoughtful present that will most definitely stand the test of time.
Two In One Game Set : This oversized badminton set just looks like fun (for Bruce and I!! hehe) Maybe a little too early for Mabel but who knows! So I’m going to give this one a shot.
Tic Tac Toe Game Mat : With Mabel venturing into the gaming spectrum, I thought this set would be fun for her and I to play around with.
Baa-Baa-Barn Farm House : Evelyn LOVES animals. Between the noises from the farm animals and songs, she’s going to love this!
I hope this helps ease some holiday shopping anxiety for you! Please send me some ideas too… PLEASE!!