As fall hits each year, I begin saving Christmas gift ideas for my kids on an Amazon wishlist so that I’m not overwhelmed or idea-less come the holiday season. The last couple years, I have purchased all my gifts by the end of November, which allows me to give more focus on the true meaning of the Christmas season come December. And also, my kids tend to get sick each year in December, so if I waited until the last minute to think about gift ideas Santa would never make it to my house.
Each year, I scour Amazon’s Holiday Toy List as well as those of other large retailers as I narrow down gift ideas that are not only durable enough for my kids but ones that will also hold their attention. My best gift ideas come from recommendations from other moms posted on blogs and Pinterest.
I’m always grateful for compilation gift lists, especially when they are broken down by age and gender. So I thought I’d share the list I’ve created for my oldest son, who will turn five years old just a few days after Christmas this year. Some of these gifts are educational, some are functional, some encourage imagination and others will help him use up all that rambunctious boy energy.
We fall into the minimalist camp when it comes to Christmas gifts. Last year my kids received four gifts each–something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. I’m not sure if we’ll follow the same approach this year as I’m leaning toward a shared gift (see the trampoline below), but at any rate, my oldest won’t be getting all 15 toys on this list. I’m still working on narrowing gifts down, but creating this Amazon wishlist also allows me to recommend gift ideas to family who want to buy him gifts for Christmas or his upcoming birthday.
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