My husband and I are going Christmas shopping tomorrow. He has the day off from work, so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get some of Jonathan's shopping done while he is still in school. The only problem is that I have no idea what to buy him. I heard that gasp! First of all, what kind of mother am I that I don't know what to get my own kid? Secondly, how could I go shopping, for Christmas gifts mind you, without any clue as to what to buy? I'm supposed to be an over-achieving-stay-at-home-work-part-time-mommy blogger who has all of her ducks in a row! Yeah, right.
Here's the problem...my son's age. I didn't realize that 5 (although he'll turn 6 on Christmas Day) would be such a difficult age. He's too big for the ride on toys and the playhouses that he still thinks are cool. He's also matured past a lot of toys that I would prefer to buy him, but can no longer get away with. I also think that he is too young for most of the toys that are marketed to his age group.
First of all, we are a video game free household. That takes a whole lot of ideas off the table doesn't it? No Wii, DS, DSi, or Leapster will be purchased for our little guy. I'm not opposed to ever buying video games, but I am simply not ready to open that can of worms yet.
If we buy one more dinosaur I'm pretty sure we could open our own museum. We could possibly open a zoo as well, because Jonathan also cannot resist any type of animal. Stuffed, plastic, cardboard, or feathered, we've got em. We also have plenty of matchbox cars, puzzles, and games. Although the small stuff is not exactly what I am concerned about. I don't have the "IT" present idea. I usually know exactly what his "big" present is going to be by now and have usually already saved for it or have been scouting for the best price on the Internet.
So, tomorrow, the dearest husband and I plan to take on Toys R Us, Kmart, and Target with no list, no plan, and no ideas. In the meantime, I am certainly open to suggestions!