This is a really, really fun year for Christmas buying and giving for my kids. They’re both wanting big ticket Christmas items(in Bubette’s case I want it for her,) and Bub is FINALLY totally into Christmas. It’s been a long haul to this point, as last year was the first year he would voluntarily open presents, even though he didn’t enjoy it for a single second. I’m so glad we’re at this point.
So! Here’s what they’re getting.
For Bub, a bike:
Also, a Mater remote controlled car.
Originally he wanted a bike for Christmas, and we wanted to get him one, because he doesn’t have one. Then he changed his mind and started asking Santa for a Mater RC car, because he already has the Lightning McQueen one. Since there are a limited number of years where he’ll buy into this Santa business, he’s getting both.
For Bubette, a playhouse.
There are SO MANY choices of playhouses that I actually haven’t purchased this yet. I plan to buy one tomorrow, and I need to just make a decision. They’re all essentially the same. Really, the only requirement is that it has a door, walls, and maybe a window.
For both - pajamas.
For both - books.
Bub is getting more audio books, specifically Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 and The Lion King.
Bubette is getting some more books from the Pookie series. (I highly recommend all of the Sandra Boynton books for toddlers.)
For Bub - Walkie Talkies
I’m not in love with licensed characters all over everything, but he loves Cars stuff, so he’s getting the Cars walkie talkies. He’s also getting a Cars bike. Christmas 2011, brought to you by Disney Pixar.
For Bubette - a doll
She’s getting Chloe, and these dolls are far cuter in person than the picture suggests. I bought this doll for a friend and loved it so much that I had to have it for my girl.
For their stockings: Bub is getting a flashlight and a tape measure, because he is always absconding with ours. He’s also getting silly putty, a yo-yo, and probably candy. Bubette is getting a toy phone, toy keys, socks, and something other than candy – perhaps puffs or yogurt melts.
From others: I have no idea what they’re getting from their grandparents, but they have already received gifts from my husband’s extended family at an early Christmas dinner.
Bub got golf clubs,
and Bubette got a shopping cart, which is already wearing a nice rut into our floors, and is the source of many fights. Both kids LOVE this, and they spend all day filling it up and racing it around the house.
I think they need new balls for the backyard too, so Santa might pick up a couple of those this week, and that’s it. I know that’s a LOT, but it’s also SIGNIFICANTLY more restrained than we’ve been in years past. We went in with a plan, and we stuck to the list.
I am very, very excited for our first Christmas in this new house. I solemnly swear not to grumble at whatever hour Bub wakes us with excited exclamations that Santa! has! been! here!