Ready. Set. Go. It is that time of year again. The Black Friday commercials have started, and the toy catalogues are arriving daily. Are you an early Christmas person? I am. I start getting into the holiday spirit around mid October and it lasts until December 26 and then I want my house back. The clutter has to go and the tree needs to be out! Don’t hate me but my Christmas lights get turned on Thanksgiving night. It is our little tradition. Being in the northeast, it makes it easier to put them up mid November than to wait until after Thanksgiving. That 10 degree difference is a big deal to me.
Our oldest is 18 so we have had plenty of years shopping for gifts for our kids. The thing is, if I am not prepared and armed with a specific list, I walk into the store and see a million things my kids will love. That typically leads me to buy all the things. On the other hand, it has taken me 18 years to come up with this Christmas list printable.
This year I am giving my kids topics to lead their choices of gifts they may like. There are few things that bother me more than spending money on toys for my kids that end up at the bottom of a bin, never to be seen and not to be remembered a week after Christmas is over.
One of my favorite choices is “Somewhere I would like to go.” Giving the gift of tickets to a show or a gift card to Chuck E. Cheese that will be used later is a great way to extend your holiday joy.
Board games are one of our absolute favorite pastimes so that had to have its own spot. I have even put together a list of some of our absolute favorites and some that we are hoping Santa will bring to add to our collection this year. You can find that by clicking here. They are all from Amazon and all Prime eligible. Yay for no shipping costs!
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I hope this makes your shopping trips easier and puts some blinders on you so you don’t buy all the things 🙂