“Nothing’s as mean as giving a child something useful for
Am I the only one who had heart palpitations when the Christmas
decorations started going up in September/October? Listen, I love the holidays as much as anyone
else, but I like them to come one at a time. First Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then Christmas, etc. And I refuse to be rushed or stressed about
it, thank you very much. I am not one of
those mothers who has her entire shopping list done before stuffing the
Thanksgiving turkey. I know those
women. I envy those women. I will never be one of those women.
My gift-shopping season exists between the Friday after
Thanksgiving up until Christmas Eve. If
I buy a gift before that, I feel like I deserve a trophy.
So, I know you may be looking for some insider knowledge about
what the hottest toys and items are to buy this year. Stay tuned: I will write this post in the
near future. This week, I offer you my
timeless holiday shopping tips that will never fail you, no matter what the
trend or toy of the moment may be:
1. Thou shalt not stress
about it. This is supposed to be a time of joy and giving and spending
time with loved ones and eating too many cookies. It is not supposed to be a time of running
from mall to toy store to Target in search of some obscure item that everyone
has already bought at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday. Everybody just chill.
2. Set a limit and stick
to it. And set the limit before you
ask your kids to make their wish lists. Your kids will survive if they don’t get the everything they ask for, I
promise you. I’ve done a case study.
3. Do not set foot in a
toy store if you can help it. Order all toys online
and be thankful that we now live in an age when FAO Schwarz and Toys "R" Us will come to us.
4. Don’t buy other people’s children extra large or obnoxiously loud
toys. If you do, they reserve
the right to get you back in whatever manner they see fit.
5. Stock up onquality wrapping paper. If you have ever tried to
wrap gifts with flimsy, extra-thin paper, you know why this is so
6. Save those big cardboard boxes. The children will put all the gifts you
bought them on the side at the sight of a big cardboard box; and you will be
left to wonder why you tore your hair out searching for anything else.