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Well, Christmas is fast approaching. How is it already November?! I mean seriously it feels like it was just summer yesterday. I am sure I am not the only person who feels this way…Where does the time go?
A few years ago my husband and his family decided the best way to do Christmas is by pulling names out of a hat. The person you chose gets 1 large present with a budget of $100 or less. We’re also allowed to do stocking stuffers and small things for everyone else if we want, but it’s not required. Since not everyone is buying a gift for that person we really want to know what they want or need. What is something they wanted all year but never purchased for themselves? To accomplish this each family member writes a list including:
- Something you want
- Something you need
- Something to wear
- Something to read
- Something to do (an experience)
This list also comes in handy for the other family members who might want to buy a stocking stuffer or something small. For example, I might not pull my father-in-law but I still want to buy him something small like a book he wants.
This year is M’s first Christmas and it has been a while since my husband’s family had to buy anything for a baby. M is the first grandchild, so like the helpful daughter-in-law, I am… Here is M’s Christmas list.
Something He Wants: I know M is a baby and doesn’t actually “want” anything. But I have a few things on the list that he might be happy to have and play with.
Something He Needs: This could be anything that he could need…Meaning something that we would go out and buy him out of necessity.
Something to Wear:
M will wear pretty much anything. We love to Shop Gymboree’s Baby Boy Collection.
It is also a tradition in my family and I’ve taken the tradition to my husband’s family buying pajamas. We usually get matching or coordinating pajamas. We open these on Christmas Eve so we are all in the same pajamas on Christmas Morning. This year we are doing Pat Pat Christmas Family Matching Outfits.
Something to Read:
If you’ve visited the blog before you know we are avid readers! I could write hundreds of book titles to fill M’s personal library…but then that might be all he would get for Christmas. Instead, a subscription for Bookroo’s Junior Box. would be perfect. Bookroo subscription sends you 2 picture books or 3 board books a month for $17.99 plus s/h. A friend of mine just got a subscription for her daughters and it’s awesome.
Something To Do:
We have a great Parks and Rec system so a membership to the Bend Parks and Rec program(s). It could be for swimming lessons, Mommy and Me classes, etc.
A year membership to the High Desert Museum.
Putting together lists for babies who can’t really tell you what they want can definitely be a challenge. By no means is this list all-encompassing, but it’s a great place to start. I love shopping for babies because everything is so new to them and they don’t care much about what they get as long as they can put it in their mouth. What would you put on your Christmas list for a baby 0-12 months? How does your family do Christmas gifts?