It’s totally not a secret I have two young children running around my feet all hours of the day and (part of) the night. So Christmas for us still brings a sense of wonder and magic to our house. As for any kid, it’s still all about the presents with my two. My son tends to be ecstatic with whatever he opens–it’s comical. Last year, he opened a box with some new socks in it and you would have thought we got him a pony he was so excited. My daughter unfortunately has somewhat higher standards, but we do our best within our budget to make magic for her, too.
But as each year passes, I am trying to impress on them that the joy in Christmas is less about the receiving and more about the joy of giving. So I’ve asked my two to help me come up with a list of things that kids their age would like that might not have as much as they do. Then we went shopping at Target for them! If you’ve got a wish list idea, scroll down for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Target!
My almost five year old son’s Target Gift Guide for a friend in need includes:
Legos. Yes–these are a 5 year old’s best friend. Not so much mom’s in the middle of the night when they’re left on the floor, but we try to ignore those (excruciatingly painful) aspects and focus on the imagination required by this particular toy. Future engineers in progress here.
He also gave two thumbs up to any Mario Wii game. Little did I know how many different versions of Mario there are now a days…we are way beyond just Super Mario Brothers a la Nintendo now, moms. He drives cars, has his own 3d world, plays in the Olymics, plays baseball and so much more.
My 5 year old also thinks every friend his age should have a Razor Scooter like all the big kids. I totally approve of any gifts that encourage physical activity! Rounding out his list are a football to toss around, radio controlled cars and board games to play with friends.
My 2nd grade daughter’s Target Gift Guide has a few different ideas. Fashionista in the making.
Girls this age love (LOVE!!) anything with sequins. Shirts, shoes, skirts, the more the better. Luckily, Target has lots of items to meet the discerning tastes of the younger elementary age set. Since friends don’t let friends dress less than their best, sparkle shirts are absolutely on our list.
Mads also thinks everyone should be into the 18 inch doll craze by that obscenely expensive company that will go unnamed. But really, Target carries a line called “My Generation” that is almost the exact same a a third of the cost. We picked one up for our friends and a couple outfits to boot for less than one of those other dolls.
About now, these girls are getting into their tunes…all carefully, monitored of course. (I know the words to far more Selena Gomez songs than I care to.) They’re not listening to them on walkmans anymore, they’ve all got cute MP3 players or iPods to listen to them on. Also on Maddie’s list for her friends. Lots of great gifts are also available at Target online!
So what is on your kid’s wish list? Leave me a comment below, and I’ll pick one comment at random to win a $25 gift card on Thursday, Dec. 19th!
Congratulations to Pamela Smith for winning the $25 gift card–I’ll be in contact soon!