The gift buying season is upon us. Every year I sit down and make a list of the people I need to buy for and struggle to match that list to gift ideas. Face it, some people are harder to shop for than others. Since I'm probably not the only one with this problem, I thought I would share some of my ideas. Today's list is about gifts that can also help you out! Check back often throughout the month for more gift buying ideas! Good luck shopping! May the deals be plentiful, your cart overflowing, and your wallet not emptied.
Gift giving is about the receiver, but sometimes you can give them a gift that helps you out too! Kids are by far the easiest ones to buy for in this category. Pretty much any new toy will keep a kid occupied for a little while, but the ones that keep them occupied for longer periods of time over and over again are the best ones. Below is my list of my favorite gifts for them that help you!
- LeapPad or LeapPad2*. Bernardo has a LeapPad and he absolutely loves it. He has some books on it and the LeapPad reads to him. He also has a variety of games on there that he loves to play.
- LeapPad App Card. You can load this online and pick out games, books, etc.
- iPad or iPad Mini* -- *DM Tip: The Leap Pad and the iPad are great to bring to doctors' offices or anywhere you have to wait in line or in a waiting room. This has saved my sanity numerous times when having to wait with the kids.
- AquaDoodle. I love these. If you are not familiar with it, the pens/paint brushes are filled with water and the kids draw on a special mat that turns colors when wet. Once it dries, it can be "colored" again and again! If you have a kid like Higgins, you may want to institute a Mom/Dad fills the pen rule. Otherwise, your bathroom could become quite wet. There are several options in the AquaDoodle: the travel size, jumbo sized mat, pets (bear, dog,penguin plush with AquaDoodle belly), and more.
- A pet -- ASPCA's website offers links to different adoptable animals in your area.
- Kindle (Amazon) or Nook (Barnes & Noble) -- These are great book readers, but they also connect to the web and lots of other cool stuff.
- Netbook -- These small laptops can even fit in my purse! They are great for travel when you just want to be able to check your email and get online. Most come with a webcam already on the computer, so you can use Skype as well. The basic versions do not have as much memory as a laptop though.
- Skype -- If you have an out of town relative that keeps saying they miss you guys and miss seeing the kids so much, set up a Skype account. For them, this is great for keeping in touch! As long as you stay with the basic Skype, it's free to use!
- Classes -- See the Life Changing Gifts post for ideas!
- Netflix or Hulu with player if needed. Netflix and Hulu are both relatively inexpensive on a monthly basis ($8-10/month for basic). The Roku player will stream both Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon videos along with other apps.
- Build A Bear with your voice recorded in it. My kids loved their special animals with our voices in it, so much that they wore out some of the recorders. (DM Tip: You can bring the stuffed animal back and put a new one in.) There were many nights that I could hear the recordings turn on in the middle of the night. It was great that they could self-soothe with the stuffed animal and not wake me up!
- Storybook or Ornament with your voice recorded in it.
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