I'll never forget the moment I got my favourite Christmas gift ever - it was a (big!) Barbie van, and my whole family conspired to make sure it was a Christmas morning surprise. It was the only thing I really wanted that Christmas and there was no way Mom would disappoint me. But that didn't stop the gang from playing a little trick on me.
Even wrapped, a Barbie van would be pretty darn obvious - a giant, lumpy package that surely wouldn't fit under the Christmas tree. So, they kept the van hidden in another room. I confess I was a bit worried as presents were unwrapped and my Barbie van was nowhere in sight!
When they finally brought it into the room, I was beyond excited. I played with that thing for hours and hours (and years and years!). In fact, my mom held onto it, and it's sitting in my own basement now (a little worse for wear).
Like many moms, I can't help but be intimidated by the endless to-do list that naturally arises each Christmas. But I'll never forget how meaningful those Christmas mornings were to me as a child. I want to create the same kinds of memories for my kids. In order to save my sanity when managing the old to-do list, I have developed the following strategies for shopping for kids' gifts.
My Tips for Holiday Shopping for Toys
Shop early - like now!
Create a master list - and carry it with you
Stick to a budget
Wear comfy shoes
Wrap a few gifts right away
What are your holiday shopping tips?
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