They're each getting four *big* presents this year. You know, it is really freaking hard to shop for three kids that are basically the same age. I want to get them each unique stuff that I know *they* will like and that will make them feel special, but DUDE, it is hard to pick what item will go to what kid. Especially when you've got identical four year old little boys who like the exact same things.
So this year I made it easy on myself and basically bought them all the same stuff. It will make for kind of a repetitive Christmas-morning present opening session, but at least this way I know nobody will be disappointed that someone got something WAY MORE AWESOME than they did.
The biggest thing they're each getting is a LeapPad.
Which is also kind of a selfish present because I am hoping these will make them leave my iPad alone, for the love of all things holy. I was getting a pedicure a few weeks ago and the lady doing my toes told me to snatch these up because they were going like hotcakes. I'm so glad I listened and bought them at the time, because they are now sold out or way overpriced everywhere I've looked. I have half a mind to sell them on eBay and make a little profit, but that's a little grinchy of me, I suppose.
I had a major panic attack about these things last night, though, because I didn't understand what else I needed to buy. I kept seeing these download card thingies for $20, and then read about apps costing $7 or more to buy, and then game cartridges that were like $20 or so. So I was like, crap, what else do I need to buy!!?? But I think I figured it out after a little research.
- The download card thingy is just a gift card - no need to buy that.
- It comes with 4 apps, so no need to buy any extra right now.
- I did decide to buy them each a game cartridge, though, because what the heck, I needed another present and I figure they will eventually share the three of them.
So, I got Ashley a Dora game, Aidan a Mr. Pencil game, and Owen a Cars 2 game.
For their third present, I got them each a pillow pet. My kids have been talking about pillow pets for what feels like CENTURIES, so I figured it's time they got one. Plus, these were a major deal on Amazon last night at 55% off. Woot!
Then, I mixed things up a little bit. Ashley's been talking about these lalaloopsy dolls, and I thought they were cute, so what the heck.
Fourth present, booyah!
This is where I felt bad getting each of them the same thing, cause legos seem kind of boring and I know they will share. BUT, I just had this sad vision of one of them happily playing with legos on Christmas morning while the other one stared wistfully at them. So, they're both getting legos. I've accepted it and moved on. Kind of.
Now I get to move on to buying stocking stuffers, which is my FAVORITE part of Christmas present buying. Scott always gets annoyed at me because I spend too much and buy things that don't fit in the stockings. He says it should be candy canes and M&Ms only. To that I say, "Bah humbug, good sir!" I've already got plans to stuff slippers, a doctor kit, and a zhu zhu pet in Aidan's stocking. And that's just getting started. It's gonna be a tight fit but I'm gonnna make it work. 'Tis the season!