Guess what? I am finished Christmas shopping for my boys. Yes, you heard right - I'm done shopping for my children, and it's only the second week of December!
Shopping for my kids is a bit difficult because like many of your children, my boys have EVERYTHING. Hudrends of books, crafts, educational toys, Plasma Cars, puzzles, LEGO, and almost every constuction vehicle by Playmobil. They have a play kitchen, a tool station, rocks and crystals, TinterToys, Wedgits, computer games, and train sets - needless to say, they don't need anything, and I look forward to giving away a lot of the things they don't play with currently. But of course, it's Christmas, and I love to shop, especially for my children!
So here's what's under my tree this year, for my boys:
We'll start with my 4 year old. Shopping for him wasn't too hard, because he told me, more or less, what he wanted Santa (and his family) to get him. He loves everything constuction, of course, and this ride-on backhoe by Peg Perego is awesome! He has a similar one in yellow, but that one stays at my parents house:
This backhoe is what Santa will be leaving under the tree (already assembled, of course!) for my son to see on Christmas morning!
He's also asked for a snowplow, and I found the perfect one by Bruder:
And of course, this truck from Playmobil:
And a street sweeper! He loves following street sweepers around in the summer. My mom takes him in her car, and they literally follow street sweepers around the neighbourhood for hours!
My son spends a lot of time playing with all his Playmobil and Bruder trucks. They're well made, high quality items that I don't mind buying for him.
He also loves Zamboni's, and I can't wait to take him to a hockey game this winter so he can see the real Zamboni in action. In the meantime, I'm hoping he loves this mini Zamboni that his little brother will be giving him:
Of course, something from Transformers has also made his wish list this year - the all powerful DEVASTATOR! Devastator is really 6 constuction trucks that combine together to make one mean, huge Transformer:
See? Luckily, I won't be the one who has to put this together!
I've also bought him a few books (about science and astronomy) and some rocks and crystals for his stocking, to add to his collection.
My son is beginning to understand the meaning of Christmas, especially because of what he is learning at his Catholic School. We teach him at home, too, the true meaning of Christmas, and the importance of prayer and being thankful. The gift giving is just a bonus, really!
Moving on to my 22 month old boy - he was a lot harder to shop for because he has everything already - handed down from his older brother! He likes playing with his brother's trucks, and tools, but mostly, my baby boy loves his play kitchen and cell phones. We even have several 'demo' phones at home for him to play with! He loves musical instuments, too, and ride-on toys.
He loved this firetruck he saw the other day, so this will be what Santa will be leaving for him under the tree:
H does have one like this already, but I figure I can take it to my inlaws house for him to use there.
He loves his play kitchen at home, and I bought him these pots and pans to go with it from Melissa and Doug:
I thought it would be cute for him to have his own mixer, too, since he loves to 'cook'!
And this little guitar will be his gift from his big brother:
The one I bought him is blue, his favourite colour.
I also picked up a little play saw with goggles for him, because well, boys can never have too many tools in the house, right?
I'm sure I am forgetting something - but this is more or less what will be waiting for my boys to open on Christmas Day! Now, I have to finish the stocking stuffers... and every other person on my list!
What are you getting your children this year?