The Circle of Moms site will be discontinued on March 1st, 2020. Head to POPSUGAR Family's Facebook page for more community discussions.

Let's Go >>

Christmas is coming....

Sunrise - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

344

30

88

Christmas isn't very far off. What are you getting your kids and more specifically your LO's?



I have an older son and daughter who really don't need anything and everything they have (by they I mean mostly my daughter) will be passed down to Kiera when she is age appropriate to be playing with the various toys. We have a kitchen set, ALL the barbie stuff you can dream of, loads of baby doll stuff and dress up stuff, Strawberry Shortcake, my Little Ponies, Fisher Price doll house stuff by the toat load, etc etc. So there is no need to buy all that again.



So I though I'd post so we can share ideas and inspire each other.

12 Comments

View replies by

Sunrise - posted on 11/23/2009

344

30

88

I haven't checked this thread in a week or so but it looks like many of us are in the same boat where our kids aren't really in need of any more toys. I thought about the Zoobies but we have loads of blankets and pillows and really don't need more. My older daughter (8) has outgrown stuffed animals and is only interested in adding more Webkinz to her collection...lol. We have decided on a few things for the kids. Kiera will be getting one of these... although not this pattern http://www.kidrocker.com/product-10199-C... along with some books and other items.

Julie - posted on 11/19/2009

434

7

89

Yeah, my son already has an over-abundance of toys, although we have never bought him any ourselves (for his first birthday, we bought him a toy chest to help contain them). For Christmas, clothes are always great, because he is growing so fast now, and he is our first, so no hand-me-downs. I know that my mom is planning to get him a potty chair: he's won't quite be ready for potty training yet, but I think it will be good for him to have the chair so he'll have it when he's ready.

Mary - posted on 11/18/2009

80

14

6

am with Erin with still trying to recover from his first bday.

So far we have not bought much for our little guy. But the big item he is really into trains especailly Thomas the tank so we bought him the table for his room with some track (Lucas and daddy play with them all the time and it is the first thing he goes to in the store when it is set up.) and a few more of the buildings and train cars. (Little tip if urs like Thomas go online and find AC Moore coupons for 50% off or check eBay and craigslist too where we found the table for $25.00 instead of paying over $300.) we have let family and friends know that he loves these things too.

Also I found a Mickey Mouse club house speak and say number game. He loves speak and say. Some wooden puzzles with the big pegs on them.

Books, loves story time, a busy bee, Big boy place setting with handy manny on it. So far that is it I know it sounds like a lot but really it is not that much the only other thing I am going to pick up is an ATV that I saw at walmart for children 1 1/2yrs - 3 yr old I just cant deicide between Handy Manny or Mickey Mouse he loves both. At Barns and Nobles I found a DVD set by hooks on phonics for 6months - preschool learn to read set with books. I know they say to much TV is not good for them but I feel if it helps him learn and gives him a step ahead then do it. With learning DVD's he signed his first word at 3 1/2 months old (it was bottle) by 5 months he could sign 12 different things including mother and father and I love you. Plus stinky diaper was a big help too...lol Now he just says baby stinky.

Plus the basic socks, snow boots ect.

Something we picked him up for his bday that he loves (I would recommend to any parent) Is the leap frog Tag JR It is made for little ones. It is a little robot that reads story books to them also his grandparents had got him Scout ( u can customize it to your baby like saying name, favorite things ect.) for bday too and with all the leapfrog products you can watch online how much your little one uses them and what are his/hers stronger points on learning. There is also coupons online for the product @ leapfrog and you can sign up for a free book too.

Corri - posted on 11/17/2009

37

26

0

My kids are pretty spoiled and do not need much, but what we settled on was a couple littlest pet shop toys for my soon to be five year old daughter (my MIL got her a tad over interested in them last Christmas, so it has become an obsession) and a great big box of hot wheels for my son who will be 15 months come Christmas. My son never puts them in his mouth, but if you are looking for a present for a one year old boy (or girl, this is actually something my daughter got for her 1st birthday and passed to brother) they have cars that are made out of soft plastic that is great for teething as well as squishing and driving. We also got my son a wagon walker (he has been walking since 10 months, he just loves to push things around) that I know both my kids will love, and their big present is a couple big Thomas train sets that will be for both of them. My daughter loves Thomas, and my son loves trains, so it works out. My family refuses to ever ask what the kids need/want and always end up buying junk that ends up at the Goodwill, so I am not used to coming up with a list of ideas for others. I think we told my MIL littlest pet shop for our daughter and some kind of car for our son (I know, they are going to get all the same things), but we just don't need anything else. If you don't use cloth, diapers and wipes are always good. Clothes in the next size are good, too. Same with shoes-we have never asked for them, but my MIL always gets the kids snow boots or some other kind of shoes for Christmas. As several people have stated, books are good. Maybe consider asking for something that the kids can cherish? My mother got my daughter a special kids rocking chair the Christmas she was one, and it is still a very loved item by both her and her brother (we need to get him his own sometime...). Wood toys last, and so can hand made blankets and the like. I still have a blanket my grandmother made for me as a child. Anyway, hope these ideas help somebody. :)

[deleted account]

Santa is bringing both my girls (aged 8 years and 13.5 months) a bean bag each. I'm getting the little one a toy garage and cars and the big one an acoustic guitar, and they'll each get a new outfit and a few little bits and pieces.

Robyn - posted on 11/16/2009

135

6

18

My SIL is making our little one a baby's first rosary (big wooden beads), but that is a Catholic thing. We tell people books ( can never have too many since my little angel has eaten several that were handed down to him) or footed pjs. Our oldest was the only grandson at this age, so we have tons of hand me down toys too. What we really need is a giant, non climbable baby corral so I can go to the bathroom by myself...lol

Jessica - posted on 11/15/2009

281

18

62

The Zoobies are cool!!! There are knock off ones (just as nice) that I've seen at K-mart, but the store sells out of them quickly!!
I want a snowsuit, a few more books (we have a lot already)& maybe a Zoobie for our little guy. I agree that Diapers & wipes are always good too!! I wish I was green like you Sunrise, but I just don't want to deal w/ cleaning cloth diapers.

Erin - posted on 11/15/2009

72

28

1

My family has already been asking what to get my son for xmas and I am still recovering from his first birthday! He got so many toys we had to ration them out so he wasn't so overwhelmed. My husband and I made a pack that each family member is only allowed to get him one gift. What he needs is a toy box, play yard fence (to protect the tv from him), and a snow suit. Other than that $$ for his college fund.

Angel - posted on 11/13/2009

67

5

8

I am in the same place. My family is already asking what he needs... I don't even know what to get him. I am going to get him some new books and then I am also thinking about mega blocks/lego. They now make them for 1 yr olds, my mom got Ian a set for his birthday and he loves them. He just figured out they go together just the other day, and shows his dad and I that he has done it every time. It is very cute! You could try getting bath tub toys or maybe some learning toys?

Sunrise - posted on 11/04/2009

344

30

88

Quoting Jenny:

Shoes would be a good idea. Movies that interest them or might interest them. As far as the family buying gifts for your little one....diapers & wipes. You can never have too many. Little girls should have their very own 1st baby doll (ex. cabbage patch) & little boys-a toy car. I have also seen these really neat looking things on an infomercial. They are blankets that can fold up to a pillow. I can't remember what they are called but they are kinda like stuffed animals. They have a selection of different animals to choose from. I've been thinking about ordering my son one & even my 10 yr old daughter. Another good idea would be to invest in a portable dvd system for the car, swingset for the family, Ride along toys (power wheels), etc. These are some ideas I have for my 13 month old son for Christmas. Hope it helps. If I see the name of those animals soon, I will post it. I just cant remember right now. Good luck!



Jenny,



   You have so many great ideas! Which makes it that much harder!! I go through the list and can find a reason for not needing anything (except those blanket/pillow/animal thingy...when you find them let me know what they are please!). We are not tv people, we buy the occassional DVD but not often. We just returned from a 9 day trip to Florida and I'm proud to say although my son brought his game boy he never played with it. The only electronics that got attention were the GPS and our BB's. Kiera and my older daughter have baby dolls, we use cloth diapers and special wipes so no need there, I've used the same 30 diapers for the last 14 months!! Wahoo for being green. We have a nice wooden swing set, power wheels will come in time but Kiera is to little and my older to are bordering on to big. Keep the ideas coming!!

Jenny - posted on 11/04/2009

3

12

1

Shoes would be a good idea. Movies that interest them or might interest them. As far as the family buying gifts for your little one....diapers & wipes. You can never have too many. Little girls should have their very own 1st baby doll (ex. cabbage patch) & little boys-a toy car. I have also seen these really neat looking things on an infomercial. They are blankets that can fold up to a pillow. I can't remember what they are called but they are kinda like stuffed animals. They have a selection of different animals to choose from. I've been thinking about ordering my son one & even my 10 yr old daughter. Another good idea would be to invest in a portable dvd system for the car, swingset for the family, Ride along toys (power wheels), etc. These are some ideas I have for my 13 month old son for Christmas. Hope it helps. If I see the name of those animals soon, I will post it. I just cant remember right now. Good luck!

Caryn - posted on 11/03/2009

441

17

111

I have NO clue...my older girls don't need anything as far as clothes/shoes and I REFUSE to buy them more toys, I've just sorted through and got rid of half and they still have loads.

As for my son, since he just had a bday a month ago he doesn't really *need* much either, a few clothes by then I'm sure but I'm at a loss as to what to get him.

The only thing on my list is some new books for all of them, aside from that I don't really know..

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms