I'm still trying to decide. DS will be 17 months. He's really into loving on his baby right now, so I'm thinking about making him a sling for it. Then maybe a wooden puzzle and a new felted ball with a bell in it.
What are you getting your toddler for Christmas? - Page 3
I just got my son another gift today. It's an ADORABLE book called, "New Clothes for New Years Day". It's Korean, which is great because my brothers were adopted from Korea, and it shows the traditional Korean dress, and the drawings are a different style which I love. I don't know if it will be for his birthday (Jan 10) or for Christmas, but I'm excited about it!
My DS is 20 months and we are also doing the "Victorian" Christmas tradition for both our LOs.
Want: Either a Rody or a small train set (although he doesn't know that he "wants" this!) :)
Need: puzzle appropriate for his age (all our others are too difficult)
Wear: Fleece footie pj's (we open these Christmas eve)
Read: Truck book
And stocking will include another small board book, finger paints, orange, toothbrush, a cookie or other treat and socks
My littlest will be two this month, and he's terribly into anything that looks like a car. He's got some big metal die-cast cars that when you pull them back, they drive across the floor--he loves those. I'm thinking of getting him some sort of ride-on toy for the holidays--a "car" he can drive himself.
FTR, a Rody horse is also insane-crazy-fun for him right now. Pricey, but very worth the cost! We got our for my 3.5yo last xmas, and now she and the 2yo both love it.
We are lucky that we still have a lot of wooden trains and track from when my oldest was a toddler, and so we're getting a train table from a friend as well. My plan is to superglue the track down onto the table, into a permanent playscape-type thing, like they have in bookstores etc. Through four children, I've learned that having the toddlers try to build their own track is frustrating for them at best. ;)
We don't really have Christmas at our house, but grandparents always want a list. My daughter will be 19 months at Christmas, and here is what is on her list: LOTS of books (she loves to be read to), a Rody horse, a balance bike (that would be put aside until next summer), a few more "advanced" puzzles as she has already mastered the big peg puzzles, a couple simple musical instruments (such as sand blocks and a triangle), large lacing beads. This should give grandparents some variety to choose from.
We do "presents" at other random times, so she already has a Wheely Bug, the ikea kitchen (this has been a huge hit), an art table with chairs and art supplies (an even bigger hit!), a train table... I'm a big fan of Craiglist and Amazon sales, so I tend to pick up the big items whenever I can find them at low cost. If she does not get the balance bike from a grandparent for Christmas, it will almost certainly be the present for her 2nd birthday in May, as she has begging for a bike ever since she saw the bigger kids down the street riding theirs!
Our (20 months in December) DS will be getting a ridiculously expensive wooden stable. The wooden animals and people it comes with will be the stocking stuffers. We KNOW he'll love it, and we're hoping that it lends itself to play for at LEAST the next 4 years (and beyond, for subsequent children).. He's whinnying like a horse as I type... :)
Well, I've been shopping since August...
Lila is getting
a (nother) Baltic Amber necklace <- Co-op for $8
2 Pair of babylegs <- 75% off sale so ~ $3 each
Reusable snack bags $5
A couple books (Books A million deal) ~ $8
And a wheely bug <- Used
She still needs pajamas and some slippers.
Wheely bugs are great! We got our LO the ladybird for her birthday.
Thanks for the concern. DD1 is 5 and DD2 is 2. The doll is already in regular day to day play. She's an all cloth doll. However, her hair is mostly fallen out, she has marker on her arms (Chicken pox), and her seams have been home repaired. She's also lost her clothes. I'd just like to "refresh" her so she's a nicer to play with now. I think the elves will bring her to the North Pole and fix her up.
Since your younger DD is only 2, I would recommend waiting to do this. I got my mom's childhood dolls repaired when I was a teen, and they are treasured (my mom's parents didn't have much money that year, so they bought her one, and the store owner gave them another of the same doll, but it was free b/c it was the display doll). I love those dolls, but I surely would have destroyed them if I had gotten them earlier. You don't have to wait until she's a teen of course, but maybe when she's 5 or 6 it can be a special gift.
It is a wonderful idea though.
My kids are really into pretend play and dd has a toy kitchen that they both love (although they don't have any accessories, we use cut out and colored shapes from cereal boxes). So I've been watching the thrift stores for some fun fabric prints that I can use to turn into aprons for the two kids. I'm thinking construction or robots for ds (how cool would it be to have a robot apron?) and something sparkly for dd (very much my diva, into glitz and glam).
I have not read all the replies for this thread... however, I have been thinking of two ideas for my 3 year old son for this upcoming Xmas....
Now that Halloween is over, I am going to start looking around the children's consignment stores to start putting together a Tickle Trunk for him. Anything from capes and purses and costumes will be put into a wooden box that I am also seeking!!!
Looking around at local buy and sell listings is a great and low cost way to get some cool things for your little one.
We are also excited to give him a few Vintage Fisher Price toys that a dear friend is kindly selling off... (like the parking lot etc)
Again, simple and low cost. A few things can go a long way!!!
We are all for reduce and reuse.... checking out local book stores as well!
OttawaMamaLove - You probably know this already but the vintage Fisher Price people should not be used as toys. They been recalled multiple times a choking hazard and another child died earlier this year.
Our toddler is a second child and thus we have a lot of the major goodies. We don't need anything and I am not sure we want anything but the kids will get gifts regardless from my family which dutifully buys off the lists....
So, we are expanding our Stackhouse (expandable dollhouse that allows you to reconfigure it and change the roof from barn/castle/dollhouse etc.) to include another floor with the barn. http://www.toideloi.com/products.html plus some more play kitchen and dolly stuff.
I thought she might enjoy "appliances" but I had a hard time finding versions that were actually functional + attractive + not Made in China. Tried to have filled by custom work on etsy with no luck.
So I found this mixer which turns http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toy-Van-Honeybake-Baking-Role-Play/dp/B00154ORGI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321317661&sr=8-1 and this coffee maker that allows you to insert the beans. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Santoys-ST437-Coffee-Maker/dp/B000QGBLQU/ref=sr_1_4?s=kids&ie=UTF8&qid=1321317682&sr=1-4 Amazon.co.uk actually has pretty cheap shipping to the US on a lot of things.
Aren't these the cutest oven mitts ever! http://www.etsy.com/listing/78369984/crocheted-oven-mitts-for-childrens-play?ref=sr_gallery_12&ga_search_submit=&ga_langid_override=-1&ga_search_query=toy+oven+mitt&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade
Plus some duplos (PST: you can order individual duplos from Lego.com just like regular duplos only you have to call them. So if you want a few tree tops or whatever you can order them for a few dollars.) and some books.