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Tuesday, December 20, 2005


I'm curious what the bored housewives (and not so bored or not so housewifey) among us are presenting to their offspring in honor of holiday goodwill. As Henry will be 8 months old for his first Christmas we figured we had a lot of leeway this year. We encouraged grandparents to gravitate towards wooden, soft, nicely musical toys and away from large, plastic, lights and gyrating music toys. Once the groundwork was laid we just got out of the way. I'm excited for the stuff he's going to get but we put some additional money in his college fund and i bought him the Norton Anthology of Children's Literature. D- i thought you might get a kick out of this. I figure it's a gift to both of us blessed with the anticipation of many future snuggly reading sessions to come.

What's the rest of youse giving?


  • At 4:01 PM, Blogger Melissa said…

    That anthology is a great idea!

    We hardly bought A anything because she doesn't really need much. We did get her a personalized storybook (ordered from LL Bean). Here's the description: "My Very Own Name is a unique keepsake made especially for each child, featuring his or her name and birth date. Animal characters in the story select letters one by one to spell out the child's first and last names. At the end, the animals celebrate because they have created the perfect name." I know she's too young for it now but I figured she would love it later.

    As for the family, I tried to steer them towards books and clothes instead of toys. We already have an exersaucer and a Leapfrog learning table, and most of the time she likes playing with measuring cups and other random household items anyway. I also like the wooden toys but most of the ones I saw were recommended for older kids.

  • At 5:27 PM, Blogger Joanne said…

    We got our Anthony a football. I wouldn't have gotten him anything, he's six months old, but my husband wanted to. I didn't tell the family anything. Well, that's not true. I told my sister to get him a Gund ... it's like a pillow, but it's also a stuffed animal head? I thought it would make a good lovey type thing, IF he ever gets out of the swaddle, but lately I'm starting to think he is going to be swaddled in college!

  • At 6:41 PM, Blogger landismom said…

    Both of my kids are getting a bunch of books, some little things, and one major toy. For my 6 year-old daughter, it's a Barbie Pegasus head. (Ugh! Blech! Hate it!) For my son, it's a make-believe horse that he can wear around the house.

  • At 11:41 PM, Blogger Tammy said…

    "For my son, it's a make-believe horse that he can wear around the house."

    Hee! I'm picturing you telling your son, "No, really, it's a horse. You just can't see it because it's invisible. Now giddyup!"

    I've never even heard of the Norton Anthology of Children's Literature, Tamra. How cool is that? I've bookmarked it for future shopping. How about I see your Norton and raise you the complete Penguin Children's Classics library?

    Of course, we're not getting Sam anything so glamorous. Instead, he's getting nice hardcover editions of East of Eden and To Kill a Mockingbird (which I think I've mentioned before).

    We're also giving him some books he can enjoy now:

    Snowy and Chinook
    Wow! Babies!
    One Little Bug

    Oh, and also socks.

  • At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jonah is getting nothing, except left with a baby-sitter while his parents go snowboarding on Christmas Eve. (I am fully expecting him to find out about this and be completely outraged...!)

    His birthday is December 5 and his haul was pretty impressive. Between those recent gifts and the ones he'll get from family & friends, I honestly can't think of anything to get him.

    (Btw, Dopp, the "Itsy-Bitsy Spider" book you got him is a HUGE success -- Jonah carries it around with him wherever he goes!)

    Happy holidays, everyone!

  • At 7:00 PM, Blogger Cataclysm said…

    Yep, y'know, with buying all the essentials for Rian (like 5 winter hats because we can't find any), Rian's only pressie will be a set of stacking plastic blocks that I got from Winners for $4 2 months ago when I read in "How to Raise a Smarter Child" that every child needs some that I forgot to give him earlier - I AM the person to market things to!

    BUT here's the important part - I've taken a picture of Rian surrounded by ALL the pressies I've just wrapped for family and friends so when he looks back through the photo album, he'll see that he in fact got 30+ pressies! Lucky lucky baby!!

  • At 9:00 PM, Blogger Tallis Ford said…

    C- What a good idea with the picture of the presents. Other than the fact that i used Henry as an excuse to buy a big expensive book, the only other reason we bought something was so we wouldn't look cheap compared to the grandparents who are going out of their way to dote. But really, isn't that their job by now?

  • At 5:07 PM, Blogger Anne-Marie said…

    Um, Sammy's getting the HUGE freakin' box of pressies from crazy grandma that i have yet to pick up at the greyhound station. Nothing from us - except a handmade stocking that i might actually finish in time...


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