I started planning a few weeks ago, a lot of what we're doing will be handmade, so I need to start early! Our budget is $175 for all 3 kids (they're 2, 4, and 5 so it shouldn't be hard).
My oldest is obsessed with Mario, not just playing the games, but he dresses like him and play-acts Mario all the time. I'm planning on knitting him a raccoon tail, a Mario hat, and some "fireballs" for Christmas. I have other ideas for him too, but those will be his favorite
For my daughter, I'm restocking the toy kitchen that my son got 2 years ago, which has barely been used (but we've still managed to lose almost all the food/dishes
). Anyway, my daughter uses it all the time, so I got a set of super cute felt food patterns on Etsy and I will make her a whole set of food, and also a set for my best friend's 3 girls. I've also picked up some smaller pots/pans at the Salvation Army for $1 or so. We're also working on her bedroom, we got this house last year and hers is the last to be done. I got her a really nice wooden rocking chair at a yard sale, and I'll sew a set of cushions for it to match her room, stuff like that.
My middle son is always a challenge, he mostly follows what my oldest is doing, so it's hard to gauge what he
really likes. Anyway, he has been talking about wanting a telescope for months now, so that is my big idea for him. He also is into Iron Man now, and one day went on and on about how 'maybe he could get an Iron Man backpack for Christmas' so I hit the Target back to school clearance aisle and got him one for $7.
For all three, we'd like to get more Legos and some Constux, we got a small set at the flea market and all 3 kids love them. I also want to get some of the Lego panels that you can glue down. A couple years ago, my dad and I made a train table for my boys for Christmas. The top flips over, and has tracks on one side and chalkboard paint on the other. The train side gets used a lot, but the other really doesn't. I'd like to convert it to a Lego table so they'll use it more, but those panels are pricey so we'll have to see how the budget holds up.
Generally, we scour yard sales, flea markets, and thrift stores and get a lot used. I
planning for Christmas!