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Monday, November 5, 2012

Santa needs some help filling his sack!

We are officially on the countdown to Christmas.  As of today there are 49 number of days until the kids will be bouncing off the walls with excitement, because Santa's arrival is imminent.   I am not sure if it is just me, or has this year flown by faster than normal?  It just seems like we were thinking about getting the children ready for back school and now the end of the calendar year is in view!

There are many things about the holiday season which I love.  I enjoy visiting and getting together with family and friends.  I love the tasty treats which accompany the holiday, and I take much joy in watching the magic of the season, twinkle in the eyes of my children.   Then there are things about the season I could do without.  The biggest issue is shopping for all those holiday gifts.   I don't enjoy going to stores and fighting the crowds at the best of times, so the weeks leading up to the holidays is particularly stressing on me.   

Thus, I am so thankful for the internet and online shopping, especially during this time of year!  Yet, before an internet shopping frenzy can commence, I need to figure out what the kids are longing for, this Christmas.

My oldest daughter is the most difficult to buy for.  She is extremely picky with just about everything in her life.   Often for her, I find opting for a gift card from a couple of her favourite stores, is the only way to go.  I would like to have actual gifts to hand to her on Christmas morning, yet, have learned that she is happier to receive a card, so she can purchase something which she will actually want.

My son is nine and electronics and video games are his norm.  He especially loves remote controlled vehicles.  I will admit, I've always felt a little out of my element when buying for my boy, the selection sometimes seems limited and age restricting. This year he is asking for a stunt scooter, which seems like a pretty good gift idea for a boy his age.

Then, there is my youngest daughter.  At six years old, she is still pretty easy to buy for (thank goodness).  She loves all things girly, pink and especially playing with small character figures.   Since, she is my youngest child, I have no problem purchasing toys with small pieces, as I no longer have to worry about choking hazards.   

She loves cute little toys, such as sylvanian families for Christmas caravan.  I know she would enjoy hours of imaginative play with that sweet little bunny family.

Now, that I have a few ideas figured out, I can start looking at price comparisons and start  helping Santa to fill his sack!


Insane Mamacita said...

I need to start buying for our kids too. My oldest wants a pool table (he's 7). LOL! He found a small one in the Sears catalogue. Not sure if Santa will be bringing that though.

~Shannon~ said...

I have just started shopping today! My plan is to be done by the end of the month. I want to avoid the stress this year and enjoy the moment. My DD who is 5 also loves the small characters.

Annie Brown said...

I have my youngest daughters gift on the way... YEAH! She is basically done and i have purchased for the rest of the kids already... just have to get their big gifts and waiting to compare prices. Might start on that today.

Cheryl L said...

I started shopping a few months ago but still have a few to pick up for friends. Hoping to be done before December :)

Mama Ash said...

I do love this time of year. Ever since becoming a parent you just want to make it more special.
I haven't started shopping yet....Maybe I'll wait til Dec.1 :)

Sny Med said...

It is much easier for me to browse online then to first walk into a mall. It is just a reality with 5 kids 7 years and under. Thanks for your post.


Janet said...

My favourite time of the year! I've started helping Santa plan too!

Bonnie Way said...

I'm with you on the shopping! I don't like going into crowded stores. My girls are still little (2 and 4) so buying for them isn't too hard, but finding something for my hubby... sigh... wait a minute - I think he bought his own present this year. :)

Brandi Yee said...

Online shopping is SO handy! Especially this time of year when I dread going out in the cold to shop. I only had a few things bought so far but need to get my butt in gear ;) The countdown is on!

NPC said...

I love online shopping. Especially when they have fast shipping. I gotta get on it! It's definitely on!