I kind of love Christmas. I’ve got Christmas music playing right now. I’ve had a spreadsheet of Christmas gift ideas going for weeks. I can’t help it–I’m a planner.
Since I’m almost done shopping for Bink, with the exception of small, spur of the moment things I know I’ll pick up along the way, I thought I’d share what we have in store. Just in case anyone else is looking for gift ideas for the 2.5 year old boys in their lives. Or in case people want to share more brilliant ideas with me, I’m always open to suggestions!
And if you’ve seen these a better price someplace, please share!
Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders–not the most creative gift idea, I suppose. But classics are classics for a reason. I’m looking forward to trying to teach Bink how to play, even if they are a little old for him still.
I bought them last week at Target for $5 each (since they would price match to the Toys R Us circular for the week). The best price I’ve seen anywhere is in the Walmart Black Friday ad for $3.88. They are normally between 9.99 and 12.99 depending on where you are shopping.
Cars Scooter–I hadn’t planned on buying this for Bink. But K has a scooter. And the little boy down the street has a scooter. And all Bink wants to do when he sees them is ride on a scooter. What can I say? I’m a sucker. Good thing he already has a helmet.
I found this on the same shopping trip to Target. They are running about $30 in store at Target, but were on sale for $27 the week I was there. I also had a $5 off coupon from the Target Toy Book (which is sitting in displays on end caps in the toy section). So $22 for the scooter, which I felt OK about since it is currently $50 on Amazon.
Giant Stuffed Dora Doll–Oh, Bink and his love affair with Dora. Over the past few months he has fallen head over heels for her. The big problem with this, and I think this will turn into a major rant in a future post, is the lack of “boy” or “gender neutral” Dora stuff out there. It is all pink or flowers or sparkles.
I found this Dora (she’s about as big as Bink actually) at the Goodwill for $4. She’ll get a thorough bath in our washer and be good as new. And considering the little boy, about a year older than Bink, in front of me in line was eying her like he’d like me to just hand her over him, I figured it was a good choice. She’s even got Backpack and Map attached to her.
Lego Duplo Table–Have you seen these Lego tables? They are ridiculously over-priced. The one pictured above is almost $230. Are you kidding me? After seeing a tutorial on how make a Lego table out of an Ikea side table from Angry Julie, I figured I could make something similar for Bink to use with the toddler version of Legos–Duplos.
We already have this Ikea Latt Table and Chairs ($19.99) which I bought last year after Christmas in a failed attempt at making a train table (the table was just too small for much creativity with tracks). =
I’ve been looking everywhere for the best price on Duplo Baseplates, which can be up to $20 each. Amazon has some some and so do all the toys stores. The best I’ve found so far is $25 for two of them. I haven’t bought them yet since I’m hoping they will drop in price before Christmas. Will my table be as perfectly constructed as the $230 one? No. Will Bink care? Doubt it.
Also, I’m completely open to suggestions on this project. There aren’t as many variations in base plate choices for Duplos, like there are for Legos.
Toy Story PJs–To be honest, I don’t know if I’m going to hold onto these for Christmas or not. I may just pass them over to Bink to wear as soon as they come in the mail. And I just don’t know if clothes really count as gifts for toddlers for Christmas (probably not from the toddler’s perspective).
Bink loves Toy Story, especially Buzz and Woody. I thought he’d be excited since these look like costumes and he is ever more aware of “who” or “what” is on his shirt. It doesn’t always have to be a licensed character, but it better have wheels or teeth or something exciting.
I originally saw these on the Disney store website and was going to be buy them during their 2 for $20 sale (which, by the way, is waaaay more than I normally pay for PJs). They didn’t have them in a small enough size, which was actually lucky for me. Yesterday Target.com had a $5 off apparel coupon, which made this set of PJs $12.99. And with my Target Red Card debit card I got 5% off and free shipping (more on the Target debit card and how I adore it in a future post).
Even if they don’t end up under the tree, they’ll make Bink (and me) happy.
Stinky The Garbage Truck–I know. A garbage truck. Really. But Bink saw it while we were out shopping a few weeks ago and hasn’t stopped talking about it. It was a new toy last year and ran about $60 then. I remember a giant display of them at Target. This year, not so much. I’ve seen it at Burlington Coat Factory and on Amazon for about $45.
I stumbled across a gently used Stinky at a thrift store a few days ago for… $3.98. While I would not have bought Stinky for $45, for less than $4, I’m all over it.
So there, that’s most of Bink’s Christmas. What you buying your little ones this year? Have you even thought about gifts of I am just super early? What are the hot toys this year? (Bink is too little and K is too old to care much so I haven’t noticed).
P.S. None of these suggestions are sponsored in any way. These are the gifts I bought Bink with my own money because I thought he’d love them. The links to Amazon are my affiliate links, which means if you buy something through them I earn a (very, very) small percentage of the sale.