I'm enjoying this thread! What great ideas! I think I will already borrow a few.
Especially the knitted doll blanket for Dd!
They're each getting a couple of books, some wooden animals, an outfit (I'm a children's clothing junkie, they humor me as long as I keep it to one clothing gift per occasion
), doll clothing. That's where my brainstorming has ended. I generally do one santa gift for each and perhaps something bigger that they can share (read: can't fight over b/c it was given to BOTH of them! Last year it was a set of wooden unit blocks. Worked like a charm!).
There's a doll I would really love to get for Dd, but I'm on the fence b/c, frankly, she has several and it's pricey enough she may not get much else and then there's the whole issue of them feeling like they got to open a relatively similiar # of gifts. I'm a doll junkie, too. See a pattern here?
Those Dragonflyhollow dolls are just beautiful! I hesitate to do a custom as when I did that in the past, I wasn't super pleased with the result (a different seller) but then I felt obligated to buy it. So I would rather buy one I can see IRL and fall in love with.
Ds would love some more legos, so we'll see. There's also a couple of unique things he's picked out at a Waldorf store and when someone (ahem. Dh) let him look at a Back to Basics Toy Catalog. It's tough for him, his birthday *just* passed so it is not like we've had a length of time for him to change interests, needs or desires between his b-day and Christmas. His birthday was really quite fantastic in terms of not overloading him with tons of stuff, but the things he did get were very much-wanted and between us and the grandparents, there's not all that much left that I *know* he wants (or we want for him). Dd's wasn't all that long ago, either!
I would like to knit them each a 12"-ish gnome, and I think they'd enjoy that. But I have a bunch of other projects on my plate at the moment and I want to enjoy knitting fo them, not stress about it at the 11th hour.
Dd lovingly fondles a tea set at a favorite store of ours. I would love to get it for her, but it's breakable and we have a hard tile floor where their kitchen is set up. I would be so sad to see something she loved so much break, mostly likely so quickly. As well I wouldn't want to get her something and then stress us both out with 'rules' like you can only play with it such&such place. I'm sort of stumped on this one.
HOPEFULLY, I'll get that rainbow playsilk made this year!
Now that I've been sufficiently talked out of the idea of getting them a pet mouse, I would LOVE to get them a dog. But I don't think that will happen by Christmas. Ds is completely ready, I think Dd will be fine, now, too; but I want to make sure we've got plenty of $$ reserves in the "pet" fund. Vets are pricey! I can't tell you how many Christmases I dreamed of the classic 'puppy under the tree' scenario as a child. I would love to make that happen for my media-free kids who probably haven't even dreamed of it, and certainly haven't seen it depicted 100 times on TV.