Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner. I walked into a store recently and saw tinsel, ornaments and Christmas decorations galore. If I’m being honest, I wanted to turn around and run out of the store immediately.
Despite my disbelief that it could possibly be that time of year, I accepted the reality. So while the kids are still splashing around in the pool, eating one too many popsicles on a hot summer evening, and we’re all holding onto summer for dear life, my mind wandered to the top Christmas gifts for 2018 for my two little ones.
Each year, I tell myself we don’t need more toys, crafts or coloring books. I promise myself I won’t buy more than is needed. I tell myself “THIS will be the year I subscribe to the “something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read,” mantra, and those will be the only gifts they get.
But then I think about how short of a window we have where Christmas is pure magic in the eyes of our kids.
My 6-year-old girl and almost 3-year-old little boy still believe in Santa. They believe that our magical elf, Popsicle, flies back to the North Pole each night to report back to Santa on their behavior.
To see them both come running out of their bedrooms every morning to find Popsicle’s new hiding spot (or what mischief he’s gotten into) is one of my favorite things in the days leading up to Christmas. Except for those mornings when we forget to move him, that is.
It’s the Christmas mornings that the kids, bursting with excitement, just can’t manage to sleep one more minute past 5:00 a.m. because they want to see if Santa has visited.
It’s then that my husband and I agree to let the magic of Christmas last another year. Before we know it, we’ll have to drag them out of bed on Christmas morning. Or, they’ll laugh at how silly it was that they believed an elf could fly all the way back to the North Pole in one night.
So, while the magic of Christmas is still alive and well for them, we’re okay spoiling them just a little more.
Here are our top Christmas gifts for 2018 for our 6-year old girl and 3-year old boy:
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Top 5 Christmas Gifts for 2018: 6 Year-Old Girl
Not sure about your little girls, but my daughter is obsessed with unicorns. Her 6th birthday party was even unicorn themed! She loves doing tea parties with all her stuffed animals, and I think she’ll enjoy doing tea parties with our neighbor during those cold winter months.
With a 2-year-old little brother, my daughter is always coloring with broken crayons or dried out markers courtesy of her brother not putting a cap back on correctly. I think she deserves her very own coloring kit and this fits the bill perfectly.
My daughter just learned how to read, and it’s something she really enjoys doing. I want to encourage her to read and think we can do just that with these easy chapter books for early readers. I look forward to sitting down before bed and reading these with her!
Gone are the days of a simple bubble bath being the highlight of bath time. Now, both of my kids request bath bombs. This homemade bath bomb kit will produce bathtime entertainment they’ll both enjoy!
This book looks perfect for those kids that are showing an interest in drawing,! This book let’s them learn how to draw simple characters step-by step.
Top 5 Christmas Gifts for 2018: 3 Year-Old Boy
1) Playskool Heroes Superhero Set
My little boy is completely obsessed with superheroes these days. We’ve been calling him baby Hulk since he turned one, and he’s certainly living up to that name almost 18 months later. He loves to take one thing to daycare each day, but I’m always hesitant to let him take his larger, 12-inch action figurines. These are the perfect size so the teacher can discreetly hide it in his cubby when it’s time to put away toys and learn.
I came home after an afternoon of running errands to my husband and son watching Transformers on television. And not the cartoon version. They were watching the full on blockbuster movie version. Despite me questioning my husband’s parenting skills, our son loved it. Bumblebee: The Movie is scheduled for release on December 21, 2018, so I think this Rescue Bot version of Bumblebee is a perfect addition to his Christmas list.
3) Matchbox Car Carrying Case
We’ve covered Superheroes and Transformers so far. But what else can a toddler boy love? Cars of course! We have hundreds of cars that are strewn about the house. He always likes to take them places, especially Grandma’s house for a sleepover. I thought this carrying case was a clean way to transport all his little cars!
We were at a friend’s house one day and their little boy had this giant collection of dinosaurs. Our son sat down for a solid 30 minutes playing with these little figurines and making all the dinosaur sounds. The book that comes along with these figurines is a nice addition!
I think our little guy has quite a bit more interest in musical instruments so thought this would be a different gift for him to try out!
So, that’s my summary of top Christmas gifts for 2018 for our two little ones! Have you started putting together a list of your top gifts? What are the gifts at the top of your kids lists?