Meet Selah. She is 18 months old and one of the most loving, beautiful, dramatic, silly and intelligent little girls that I have ever met. She is also my daughter (No, I am not biased).
Christmas is coming up and I am so excited about how she will react when she opens her gifts. We brought her gifts for Christmas last year, but she was too young to really understand what was going on. This year is the first year that she will 'really' be able to understand that she is getting something new and this year she has a better idea of what she does/does not like.
Firstly, I would like to point out that we have two family traditions that my husband and I have been doing ever since we've been married (5 years).
Tradition #1: We always buy each other pajamas, wrap them and put them under the tree or wherever we are storing our gifts for that particular year. On Christmas Eve we gather around the 'tree,' open the gift and put it on before bed.
Tradition #2: We also buy each other a book that we think the other person would enjoy or benefit from, wrap them and put them under the 'tree.' This gift is also opened on Christmas Eve.
* Tradition # 2 is new and this is something that we just instituted last year. We each buy each other a gift and then we buy Selah's gifts together.
If you have read any of my previous blogs on preparing for the holiday, then you know that we have a holiday spending budget. The dollar amount saved for Selah's gifts is $100.
|Elmo Play All Day|
Thus far, we have spent $40 on the Elmo Play All Day. This toy is regularly priced at $59.99, but is currently $45.99 on Amazon.com. We purchased her toy from ShopRite on Black Friday. Elmo Play All Day is a plush cuddly toy, featuring 8 games/activities and 150+ responses. Selah is obsessed with Elmo, as is most toddlers her age, so I know that she will LOOOVE this toy.
|Melissa & Doug Jumbo Triangular Crayons|
|Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pad|
Selah absolutely loves to write. She writes in coloring books. She writes in regular books. She writes on cardboard and she writes on the floor. She writes on skin and she writes on walls. It's only natural that we would choose to get her a) Melissa & Doug Jumbo Triangular Crayons and b) Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Book. Both products cost a little under $5 each on Amazon.
Pajamas: We haven't picked out the exact pajamas we will get her yet, so I don't have much detail available. However, I was in Gymboree earlier today and they had really cute pajama sets on sale. (Click on Gymboree link to receive 25% off your first order.)
Gift #4 is up in the air. Assuming the pajamas cost between $10-$20, we have approximately $30-$40 left to spend on Selah's Christmas gifts.
Since her ears are not pierced, I am considering a bracelet. However, when I mentioned it to her dad, he didn't seem that enthused.
We are also considering a learning tablet. Since she loves the iPad and our cellphone, I would love to get her a tablet specifically designed to increase her intellectual ability. However, we don't know if we'd be able to find a quality tablet for the price range mentioned above.
Clothing, toys or extra books are always an option, if we can't figure out anything else. I also like the idea of spending money on 'an experience' rather than material things. Only time will tell.....and suggestions are more than welcome!
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- Elmo Play All Day
- Melissa & Doug Jumbo Triangular Crayons
- Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pad
- Gymboree (Click on link to receive 25% off your first order.)
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