...she gets a lot of great toys! My husband and I were blessed with babysitting yesterday, and we whipped through some yard sales with Christmas in mind. Perhaps used toys for Christmas is a cheapo line you don't want to cross, but three-year-olds aren't too hard to please. Just think: no frantic wee-hours assembly! If you've ever struggled to release a toy from its toddler-proof packaging and twist-tie handcuffs, you'll appreciate the ease with which your hyperventilating child can pull the toy from his gift bag.
We're not cruel parents. We just want to forestall the years of I-Pods and Gameboys as long as humanly possible. By careful shopping, we can buy Discovery Toys on our Dollar General budget. And we're not lavishing the extra on ourselves--our gifts to each other are chosen with equal care. Today's purchase of Tinker Toys, medieval castle Legos, Matchbox race track with extra cars and other assorted educational goodies will be more than enough. Just don't anyone tell Andrew that toys are supposed to come in boxes, okay?
Thanks to Laura at In A Strange Land for speaking up about her secret shopping.
If you're looking for quality Christmas gifts that will survive multiple children (or multiple yard sales), check out mega-mommy Barbara Curtis' new picks. I appreciate her thoughtful commentary.