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  1. 1. Edibles. Not sure what they’re into but at some point in the future, the Hatchling is getting some Oreos as part of their Christmas gift. Reindeer poop would be too much effort for me…but maybe Maltesers…?

    2 .Use-upable crafty bits – like crayons? Or mini science experiments? Like a make your own [insert interest gere] kit? (cake, cookies [Yes, I’m hungry], volcano, rocket, crystals, bird feeder, sock puppet.

    3. Fridge magnets that make up a scene or something?

    4. Cress seeds, or something similar that sprouts fairly quickly.

    5. Surprise jar – 12 activities in a jar and they can choose one at some point in the twelve days after Christmas.
    One might be a picture of an applesauce pouch, I dunno….

    6. Story cube. Each face has got a a different animal/character on it and you can make up nonsense stories.

    The Hatchling is getting a big ball from me this year and that’s it, but they’re only 1 anyway, so…

  2. Great post! I always want a gift of an experience- if its in the budget. Its great for the kids and its great for me- I don’t have to pay for a trip and its a pre-planned activity. Something like a museum membership or indoor play area card etc

    • The indoor play area is a terrific idea! Since my parents always try to take him, I bought a Groupon earlier this year, but our passes are almost used up!

  3. Kathryn

    During my son’s first year, my mother gave us a subscription to Growing Child and I remember they had a gift list. Because what do you give a 6-month old? We were giving to his 529 plan but both sets of grandparents wanted to give multiple gifts!! Even with my son at three and a half now, I recently googled the Growing Child gift list and used that for some ideas. That and we are really in to trains. It’s difficult when you need to come us with 12-15 gifts and overwhelming to think of the influx of all that stuff in to my home. Plus we have a second child this year. He’s getting new bibs and applesauce pouches in his stocking 😉

  4. When Zoe turned one, I did actually just ask her grandparents to give her money, which I put into her college savings account.

    As the youngest of four children (and the youngest of three girls), she had everything she could POSSIBLY want or need at that stage of her life, and she was too young to even care about gifts.

    I think the book idea is a great one! My mom likes to give sensible gifts and she often opts for books.

    Is there an experience the grandparents could gift HP? A membership to some local attraction?

  5. Back when my kids were training gerber had padded underpants which can hold one small pee. They were helpful during the training process. You can also get big boy underpants with plastic covers, though we found these less helpful. We also found it helpful to put a potty in the kitchen in addition to the two bathrooms. He could hang out with us while we were doing things in the kitchen.

    For books, we still haven’t handed down our sandra boyntons or Dr. Seuss. You can also get started on a collection of easy readers for early phonics. We’ve given ours away, but we liked too many dogs, and there was another about dogs and another about a cat wanting a snack.

    Oh, and you must get where is my potty. Poor Susie sue, she has something very important to do.

    There are a couple potty books for you too but I’ll have to dig up our post.

      • Here it is from 2011: https://nicoleandmaggie.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/the-potty-training-post/

        The links no longer work (so no affiliate bucks for us)! But the books are still in print and other people have found them useful more recently (including DC2 who didn’t exist in 2011…)

        Books for adults:

        I definitely stick by recommending Diaper-free before three if you are organized (one of my colleagues who is great with schedules did it with her son pretty recently) or just as a read if you want to know the science behind potty training.

        And I stick by The Diaper Free baby if you are more… go with the flow… this is the method we used with both of our kids, though you’ll want to start in the “for older children” part of the book (older children are like older than 6 months or something). It’s just a really relaxed philosophy that makes potty training not stressful, so long as you’re ok with cleaning up messes and potty training maybe taking a little longer than more scheduled methods.

        There’s a lot of ways to potty train and trade-offs. That was kind of revelatory when we started the journey with our first– I’d thought it had to be the Brazelton “signs of readiness” way, but it turns out that way is actually one of the worst because the “signs” exactly coincide with rebellious stages.

        Books for kids:

        Have You Seen My Potty is hilariously funny and it’s really tricky in how it gets the kid to think that of course poor susie sue needs to find her potty that all the animals are so impressed with. It’s not preachy like most of the potty books out there, so there’s no reason for toddler rebellion against it. It’s about Susie Sue, not about the kid, and yet…

        Everybody poops is also a classic. It’s pretty much just painted pictures of animals pooping.

  6. KaLynn Loeven

    I’m having a photo with everyone in my nephew’s extended family made into a puzzle for him. Since we are all spread across the country he will be able to “see” everyone each time he puts it together.

    Is there a museum for small children where you live? Or maybe consider a gift that is out of season like goggles for the pool or gardening gear?

    I just had our first child (first grandchild on my side) and my mom has already bought her 2 Christmas outfits!

    • Oh my gosh! I *love* the puzzle idea. That is so clever 😀 We already have a yearly children’s museum membership, but I was wondering if maybe asking for tickets to the zoo might be a good idea.

      I’m sure you’re mom is in all of her glory. Congrats on your baby!

  7. Betts

    It’s tricky figuring out what people will be willing to give so you can nudge them towards something you’ll use.

    We’ve had luck with next age toys – Duplo has been a big hit from age 1 to 4+ and it’s one of the few things that it’s worth having a bunch of so you can build “a school, mummy, with an airport attached” or “a farm that’s got a swimming pool and a slide” (blue tissue paper). Wooden train track also – don’t ask for the basic pieces from people who like to buy new but quirky weird bits like a drawbridge or tunnel.

  8. My toddler loves scooters and he’s finally big enough so he’s getting one. Art supplies. A rain coat and boots and a magnifying glasses for nature walks. Yogurt drops. A few special baking and cutting tools to help cook. Reusable stickers. Stamps. And we are also asking for passes to indoor play places, the zoo, and the children’s museum. A table top art easel.

    We moved far away from family so we are asking for small treats to open when we are home for Christmas (pouches are perfect!) and then to have anything bigger mailed to our house OR for one gift from everyone for a zoo pass. 🤞🤞🤞 people listen!

  9. Kirsten

    When my daughter was 2, all she wanted was “red chappy” (chapstick). The next year, not fully understanding Christmas/Santa, she asked for the same again, because in her mind, that’s what Santa brings. It’s changed a bit as she’s aged, but this year her Santa list includes items things other people would like (as in such and such for my cousin).

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