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I’m writing from experience for this post. I wanted to highlight some of the items, or ones that are similar to, that Drew and Elle have and love. As I put the list together I noticed that the majority of the items weren’t cheap choices or things that would be stocking stuffers. Our general philosophy with gifts is one outfit, a book set and a toy or two. Early on we started this tradition so that Drew and Elle wouldn’t believe that Christmas is just about endless gifts. That being said, we try to make our one toy something memorable. We give them little inexpensive toys in their stocking but we also realize that we have grandparents who want to spoil them too so we will generally do one bigger thing.
The rocket was a huge hit with Drew when he was between one and two. Nearly every day he would run that thing up and down the sidewalk for hours. The fire truck was from my parents and it was another obsession and an amazing inside toy. Elle and Drew still play with the shopping cart even though it was a gift two years ago for Elle; it’s well made and just like the grown up ones! The luggage is a bit hit even if we aren’t going on a trip because they will load up everything in their room and go on a pretend trip. The animal pillow isn’t the exact one Drew has but he’s been sleeping on a bear pillow in a similar shape for about 3-4 years now and hates to sleep on anything else. The easel is the one we got Drew for Christmas this year after much begging. The jogging stroller is similar to one at church that Elle adores because it’s like ours. The princess story book is just an example of one of the five minute story books we have (we have four!); there’s one for everyone and our kids LOVE them.
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I hope you find success for the kids in your life with one or a few of these items!