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It’s that time of year again. I think there are now 30 seconds in a minute, how are we in November already? Yes gift giving and receiving season is looming and we are all on a mission to buy more “stuff” for our overstimulated kids. Here are some suggestions to help you on your plight.
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Some helpful starting pointers
Gift Ideas for Little
ladies up to age 6 years (that’s where I am at!!!)
Speaking from experience you can’t go wrong with a little
kitchen for her ladyship (or little guys).
You get to play too and she will make you endless beverages. I think the majority of little girls wouldn’t
say no to a Dolls house. In my case my
youngest son plays more with my daughter’s house but she wouldn’t part with it
for the world. Costco stocks beautiful
houses annually at a good price. My
sister and I had toy boxes as kids which we loved. They stored toys and doubled up as a
seat. Last year when I saw that Costco
online sold personalized Toy boxes I brought my childhood memory to our
home. Laura-Leigh stores her dress up
outfits in it and often perches herself on it.
They are available again this year. If they love to draw, why not pick
them up on Art Easel?
Lego was a hit in my generation and every generation
thereafter. It’s a great way for your
kid to learn how to follow instructions, get to spend time with Mommy and Daddy
and have their own creation at the end.
When I was a kid, I built from my imagination (as I had one box) so I
think we should encourage our kids to think outside the Lego box so to speak.
Is your child creative? The possibilities are endless and Mastermind
has a great selection of projects. The
world is their oyster. She can make wind
chimes, a snow-globe, bangles, bracelets, mittens or headbands. Consider what your child would enjoy doing
and viola you have a project on those days you just want to stay indoors.
A book - I’ve not met a kid who doesn’t enjoy a book, not
only do you transport them to another world but they get to snuggle up with you
in the process. I picked up the “Little
match girl” last year and my kids love it, it breaks my heart but the message
is powerful and I want my kids to understand how lucky they are to have a roof
over their head, food in their bellies and a loving family. Another recommended read would be A Christmas
Laura-Leigh got a little live pet for her birthday in
September which has been a huge hit in our house. Christmas anyone? She can record whatever she wants and the
bird repeats in a high pitched voice. Oh
the things that bird has said!!
Shopkins are all the rage, you can’t escape them, so maybe use them as a stocking stuffer?
Christmas is a good time of year to get a new pair of
Jammies and some underwear. It’s a
present that can be opened on Christmas Eve before the big guy comes. Practically perfect.
Gift Ideas for Little
Men up to age 4 years (that’s my knowledge cut off)
Boys like girls love Lego.
Additionally look at Squigz, Little Tikes Wee waffle Blocks and
Fisherprice Trio – my boys love all of these products. You might even drink a hot coffee!
Vehicles - Cars
period will always be a hit with little guys.
If you can get one with a remote even better. My basement is home to cars, trucks,
tractors, diggers and a yellow school bus.
Boys love to sit down with anything with four wheels. Costco does a great range for Christmas as
A puzzle should be a winner. You can buy wooden ones for
the smaller kids. If they are commencing
independently doing puzzles then choose their favourite TV character and I promise
it will be a hit. I got my puzzle
fanatic a large wooden Map of Canada last year which he loved and guess what he
is good at Canadian Geography! You can
learn something from them too. Jamie’s
Grandma then sent a Wooden Puzzle of the Map of Ireland, lest he forget his
wonderful roots. Floor puzzles are a big
hit in our house and again follow their interests, in this house….it is
I found a fabulous book entitled “The ultimate Construction
site book” in Chapters recently. The
minute I saw the cover I knew it was perfect and when I opened it, well let’s
just say it’s delightful.
If you little man likes texture I suggest Sands Alive. Be prepared for a bit of mess.
A Train Table/Work Station/Pirate Cove/Hometown Heroes Play
set - Take your pick, whatever your little guy’s interest – this one will be a
winner and could be from the red fella.
They are all at the perfect height for little men, the workbench
provides them with lots of tools to play with, a little light to turn on and off…………..and
on and off…..and on and off…..a little powered drill. Hours of entertainment. The Pirate Cove and
Hometown Heroes Playset are beautifully built and lots of figurines and
furniture is provided. I got the Pirate
Cove from Costco last year and the Heroes Playset is available this year. My guys love their train table. They also love pulling it apart but I have
learnt that this is what kids do, they are naturally destructive, and it’s in
the genes. Apparently mess is very in
vogue (in my house anyway).
How about ice skates and a helmet? We are coming into the time of year where we
spend a lot more time indoors. A lot of
the recreational centres in Edmonton and surrounds offer free skating once a
week. What a great way to spend time
with your child and remember that is priceless and is worth more than anything
Is your kid into music?
Nurture it if it’s there or help create an interest if it’s not. So many options from a simple musical box set
to a little set of drums or a grand piano.
If you don’t like excess noise, this one mightn’t be for you.
Remember, shop wisely and they want less than you think. They will treasure the toy which you sat down
and helped build more than if you gave them ten toys but didn’t get
involved. They will love the book you
read to them before you kissed them goodnight.
You are their biggest gift. Some
of the happiest people in the world are the ones who don’t have much. It’s clichéd but so what, give them
experiences and more importantly give them you.
Put the Cellphone down and listen to them, they are hilarious. Honestly, kids crack me up. They are a gift to us and we in turn are a
gift to them. You don’t need to express
your love through excess.
Remember, never a dull moment in this house and keep sane.
Love the Rigney Gang.
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