Inspired by the Holiday Gift Guide from Momastery.com, I decided to curtail our wish list to something that would help us focus on the spirit and joy of Christmas. This year we’ll ask for:
1: Something you WANT
2: Something you NEED
3: Something to GIVE
4: Something to READ
To me, this has the opportunity to be a very fulfilling gift season and I love the idea of sifting through the abundance to the things that really come out as memorable gifts. In that spirit, I’m sharing a few of the ideas for my 2 and 3 year olds that are really going to have some ZING under the tree and bring us joy throughout the year.
1: When it comes to toys that I want my children to have, I always turn to Mama May I. I have been so inspired by Jessica and her wonderful shop since even before Hannah was in utero. I used to while away my spare moments reading her blog that triumphantly described her day-to-day exploits with her sweet daughter. In the years, her business has grown by leaps and bounds because the COLORS oh my goodness, the colors and the CREATIVITY, oh my goodness the creativity. I could literally sit in front of the computer screen reading her product descriptions for hours because each one is so sweetly delivered. Perhaps, Jessica will combine them all into a book that I can loveable leaf through or keep on our bookshelves for rainy days
This year, we have our eyes set on the Animal Action game. There are so many ways to use these creative tiles, and they grow really well with inspired activities as our children grow. These will help us get exercise as we act out the animal actions together as a family.
Check out all the amazing toys at Mama May I here.
2: Something everyone needs is a durable and dependable bag. I think the girls will adore these backpacks from Pottery Barn Kids. The bonus of buying out of the back-to-school season is that they’re part of a deep discount so that’s a win for me! Plus, we can stuff the bags with a water bottle and some art gear to build up our craft supplies.
3. I put a lot of thought into what we can give this season. Originally, I wanted to get a subscription to a local Garden, where we would be able to take friends with us throughout the year. However, my friend Pamela Badolato just launched the Plaid Pajamas project to help ensure underprivileged kids in the area have a festive and soft pair of PJs to celebrate the season. Any way that we can give back, especially with friends, is a welcome opportunity to exhibit the true character of Christmas. You can help, too! Donate here or check back to see as new names are added to the list: http://www.plaidpajamasproject.com/.
4. We absolutely love to read. This season, I’m so very thankful to have a great selection from our library. We can check out the classics and bring a few new seasonal favorites into our home to bring some variety to the evening story routine. I’ve noticed that a few of the books we borrowed from the library became instant favorites earlier this year and now it’s time to add them to our collection. The girls are getting Where the Wild Things Are and Dandelion. Last week, Kelly Whalen from The Centsible Life hosted a tweetup at Barnes and Noble to show us their special Holiday offerings. I love that it is truly a one-stop-shop for holiday gifting for all ages and they’ve added some neat social features to help find the perfect gift. Did you know that you can tweet with the hashtag #BNgifttip to get a suggestion for anyone on your list? The social media elves even helped me pick my next read!
In a land of Cyber Mondays and endless battery operated toys, it can be easy to become a Grinch. Trust me, I’ve been there! But what I found worked for me was to simplify. That way I can accept anything that comes our way with gratitude (even itchy, polyester pajamas) because the true meaning of Christmas has nothing to do with what comes in a box. Rather, it’s about shining the love and light of the magic of the season with everyone, everywhere.
Disclosure: I received promotional items from Mama May I and Barnes and Noble to facilitate this gift guide. All thoughts and opinions are my own.