As Christmas approaches, we’ve been spending more and more time thinking about what to get for Nora. Our parents want to know what to get her, too, so we’ve had to put together a list.
It’s actually a little overwhelming, which sounds ridiculous when you’re talking about gifts for a 1-year-old kid. But there is just SO.MUCH out there in terms of toys, books, and necessities.
As of now, here are the things that are on Nora’s Christmas list:
A kiddie-sized table and chairs set. We’re still shopping around for this one. We’d ideally like to get something “nicer” looking (so, probably wooden), but it depends on size, price, and what we can get our hands on locally. Toys ‘R’ Us wants to charge like $25 in shipping for their sets, so… not going to happen.
This was something that I wanted to get Nora (and future children) to keep under the Christmas tree while they are young. We want to make sure to teach “the reason for the season,” and we think having a set like this will encourage play–and encourage conversation about it. I remember playing with my grandmother’s nativity set as I was growing up, and I want to be able to let Nora do the same–without worrying she’s going to break anything nice! And FYI, if you’re interested in this set, Family Christian (linked above) has it for $24.98 shipped–but only through tomorrow, Friday 12/2! This is a really good deal on this particular set, which can retail for as much as $50. There is a similar set sometimes found at Toys ‘R’ Us or Target (for a bit less $$), but apparently it doesn’t come with as many accessories and the manger doesn’t play the music. So if you’re in the market for this, just be aware of the differences.
Every toddler I ever babysat back in the day always loved these things. Build things up, knock them down–they’re fun all around. Nora really likes her little lego-like blocks, so we think she’d get a real kick out of these big ones.
This set is just too cute to pass up. I think she might still be kind of young for it, but seem to remember our nephew starting to “get” how to use these between 18-24 months, so we figured it wouldn’t hurt to have them on hand for a few months down the line. Love pretty much everything Melissa & Doug.
This is going to be a stocking stuffer. Now that Nora strictly feeds herself, it’s been a challenge when we’re at restaurants. We’ll wipe down the table as best we can before putting her food on it, but it’s still kind of gross to have her eat off of it (not to mention, messy). I’m not a total germaphobe, but this seems like it would be good to have.
I thought that launching sippy cups on the floor was supposed to be a phase, but Nora’s been doing it consistently for several months now. So.annoying. I recently found out that this little gadget existed, and we are so getting one. Even if she grows out of the “throwing” phase relatively soon, we figure we’ll still be able to use this in the stroller, in the car, etc. when we don’t want to deal with lost sippy cups, or “sippy cup overboard” incidents. This is one of those parent inventions where I wish *I* had thought of it. Man. I’d be rich.
Nora loves to manipulate objects and put them away. She enjoys a piggy bank toy at daycare with coins to put in the slot, so this seems like it would be right up her alley. I remember having and liking a similar toy when I was young. Plus, I think this is a toy that can grow with her, one which she will play with for a few years. And, we can perhaps even teach her about counting money… some day.
We gave the grandparents options with the Fisher-Price Little People. There are so many cute Little People sets, so you really can’t go wrong. Some of the ones we provided to the grandparents as suggestions are the farm (pictured and linked above), the airplane, the school bus, and the zoo.
Will Nora get all of this stuff? Not unless the grandparents go nuts. :)
We plan to Santa will get her a few things (in addition to the nativity set, which we already ordered), but we figure we’ll try to keep it relatively light while we still can. In all actuality, she still has no clue what the heck is going on, so we might as well conserve our money a bit. She’ll for sure be getting some clothes while she has no choice but to tolerate it. :)
What’s on your child’s Christmas list this year? Any “must-have” things that you think we should add to our list? (We’ll be keeping additional things in mind for her next birthday!) Anything on our list that you have and found that your child doesn’t play with? We’re open to suggestions.
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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