It's almost the most wonderful time of the year again! Pretty soon friends, relatives and acquaintances will bring gifts for our children. I am in no way trying to sound ungrateful when I say this but, there are a few things I'd rather not see my toddler unwrap this year. I present to you the, anti-gift guide for Toddlers.
My kids are pretty spoiled. I cannot play it off like they don't have a lot of things because they do. They have a ton of toys between the two of them and because they are so close in age they are in each other's stuff all the time. I'm constantly patrolling for chocking hazards for the baby and my toddler too because let's be honest, toddlers are gonna toddler. I am super grateful for all of the gifts they have been given, that being said, there are a few things I'd be happy to NOT find under the tree this year.
The Anti-Gift Guide for Toddlers
Wooden Block Toys
Wooden toys are great for cleanliness however they are also great projectiles for toddlers to throw at their baby sibling's head.
Lift the Flap Books
These are fun, don't get me wrong. What's not fun is when my toddler rips the flaps off, rendering asking "where is the cat hiding" useless. I see you cat, you're not under the blanket anymore. Once the flap is no longer attached to the book the baby decides the flap is the perfect snack.
Toys That Require Constant Reassembly
I'm not talking about needing to put together a kitchen play set or a princess castle one time. I'm talking about toy sets that continuously need to be built and rebuilt because my toddler is too small to understand how to build a plane or a train on her own and is constantly saying "mama fix it".
Alternative Gift Ideas for Toddlers
I'm not here to leave you high and dry. I've come up with some alternatives for the above mentioned toys.
No Mess Art Supplies
My toddler loves to color, my baby loves to eat crayons. The coloring books that only require water to reveal the fully colored in picture have been a lifesaver!
Some of you parents out there may disagree with me here but I'm always open to my kids getting new clothes, especially new pajamas! Think about it, they wear pajamas every single night. Some days they wear a pair all day (hey, it happens). This year I'm telling everyone that asks they can use sock sets, pajamas or clothes, any season.
Tickets to a Show
This can get expensive yes, but a great way to get the kids out of the house to see their favorite show live is by splitting the event ticket cost with someone else. Suggest to a family member they purchase the kids' tickets and you'll cover the cost of yours and your spouse's. Obviously to ensure all of the seats are together you'll buy all of the tickets and get reimbursed. Throw in a shirt or book or stuffed animal featuring a character from the show they are going to see and that is a great gift!
I'm most likely in the minority here but loud noise toys don't bother me. Want to get my toddler a toy guitar? Go for it. Just please don't bring over a book that contains over 50 flaps or worse yet, 50 pieces.
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