Not Your Average Christmas List, 2020 Edition!
While I hate to wish away time, I believe I am not alone in eagerly anticipating the END of 2020. However, cliche as it may be, this really is my favorite time of year and I want to wring every festive moment out of it. I love, love, LOVE picking out the perfect Christmas gifts for my friends and family members, and I am slowly but surely checking off my Christmas shopping list. So with Christmas right around the corner, it is time for my second-annual gift idea list for kids. Woohoo!
Last year, my list included a variety of experience-based gifts instead of toys, but we can’t really go to concerts or sporting events right now. On the bright side, the past 9 months of quarantining and social distancing ignited a creative fire in people! (Were you even in a global pandemic if you didn’t tie dye something this summer?) So this year’s list is bursting with ideas that are hands on, creative, and easily enjoyed at home. Let’s jump in!
I have made a bunch of different kits for my girls, and honestly, I have never had one that was a flop. The most recent kit I put together was a scrapbooking kit. I bought a couple scrapbook albums that were on sale for $5, a few packs of stickers, a handful of scrapbook paper and corralled everything into a basket. The girls loved it and have gotten creative adding pictures, drawings, even sticks and leaves from their outside explorations. Other ideas are a gardening kit (small pots, seed packs, soil, trowels, gloves), a scientist kit, an explorer kit, and a spa day kit with nail polishes, sugar scrubs and masks.
A Chia Pet
Yep I said it. First of all, don’t act like you don’t get the song stuck in your head every time you hear it. And second of all, don’t act like they aren’t super fun! Or at least fascinating. Do you know how many different shapes there are now? I feel the number is creeping up on a million. There is a Baby Yoda. A CareBear. A Bob Ross. Who doesn’t want a Bob Ross Chia Pet? OK, maybe not your seven year old, but still. I’m aware a Chia Pet is an unconventional gift, but wouldn’t you rather experience growing a Richard Simmons Chia Pet with your child as opposed to three lima beans in a ziplock taped to your kitchen window?
A personalized coloring book or book
When my youngest child was born, we ordered custom coloring books for the older girls. They loved them, and haven’t wanted to let them go almost three years later. The exact one we bought is here, but they have a variety of other coloring book and book options. Another personalized book we have and love is specifically about Sesame Street.
Speaking of books, one of my daughters is a serious bookworm. She recently read Black Beauty and was thrilled when I told her I also loved that book as a child. Now she constantly peppers me with questions about what other books I enjoyed, and wants to read them as well. I have started stocking up on some of my favorites to give to her, and let me tell you, I am nearly giddy with the thought of reading the Little House series and Boxcar Children books again! This doesn’t have to be limited to books, either. What are the things you did as a child that you want to share with your kids? Baseball cards? Matchbox cars? It’s all about the time spent learning and reminiscing together.
Dress Up/Imaginative Play
My girls are always dressing up and inventing some kind of game. You would think three little girls would always be dressing as princesses, but you would be mistaken. They dress up as everything under the sun, from superheroes to cowgirls, chefs to pilots. I love how their imaginations run wild with the tiniest scraps of fabric. The secret to really get their juices flowing is to not put together a trunk of ready-made costumes. Throw some of your old shoes and outfits in there, some handkerchiefs from their grandma, a few hats left over from an old Halloween party. Thrift stores are great places to find really weird stuff too, like crazy old prom dresses, military surplus, you never know what you’ll find.
Pen Pal Set
My stepfather-in-law is in a very high risk group for Covid, so he and my mother-in-law have been extremely cautious and very isolated since March. A few months into quarantine, my mother-in-law sent down a whole package of pen pal supplies for the girls. I can’t even tell you what a bright spot it has been for both sides. My oldest writes letters and my two younger girls draw pictures, practice the alphabet and names, and we send it all. My in-laws can’t be here in person to see the girls’ progress, but this has provided a little window into their lives. The pen pal package she sent included pre-addressed and stamped envelopes, notecards, paper, stickers, pens, pencils and a metal letterbox we are planning to hang up in the girl’s bedroom.
Jeez, I thought I was finishing up my Christmas shopping, but now I’m excited to add a couple more things! Have you tried any of these ideas before? Do you have any I missed? Head over to Instagram and Facebook @island_prep and tell me! Hope you and your family have beautiful, safe holidays and let’s go 2021!
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