Mama can’t imagine that you’ve done on your holiday shopping yet. In fact, the holiday catalogs are just starting to pour in with a little less than six weeks until Black Friday marks the day for big sales and for the battles to begin for this year’s hottest toys. All the toys Mama mentioned last week, are sure winners! However, not every kid will be excited to see a dancing Mickey Mouse under their tree or dreidel.
So Mama is looking beyond the obvious and going with a few dark horses that Mama is sure will please the pickiest of kids. Oh, and a good rule of thumb to avoid overindulgence this holiday season for your kids:
- From Halloween until the day you open holiday presents, DON’T buy any toys, books or other ‘gift’ item for your child. This way it will be extra special and appreciated on the big day (exceptions are always made for birthdays of course!).
- Avoid overwhelming your child on holidays with too many gifts that they forget their manners. Give your child: something to play with, something to read, something to wear and something handmade (by you is always best — even if it’s just poem you wrote or a silly song you want to sing them).
- When the kids go holiday shopping with you, let them pick out a gift to donate to another child in need. This will teach them that the holiday season is also about giving not just receiving.
- Make writing thank you notes an afternoon craft project letting them make their own and either hand delivering the notes or sending by Pony Express!