I mentioned in Dorian’s birthday planning post the strategy I use for having a less stressful time when dealing with buying birthday gifts. As I find and buy his gifts over several months there are a few things I keep in mind.
First, I think about weather or not it is something he is currently into and if he will still be into it the following year. For instance, I had found some cool touch and feel books on sale, but when looking at the bigger picture, he will probably be grown out of those types of books come the next year. Then I try to think about the kinds of things he will be into for the next year. For this I try and get ideas from other mom posts or browse his age range on different shopping sites. I got a lot of good general ideas from doing this. A big question I have to ask myself is will we have room for this? Just yesterday I came across a neat McDonalds drive thru play-set that I almost walked away with, but then I realized we are running out of space and after weighting it out, he would probably play with it less than the big kitchen that he already has, so I passed. Another thing I’m always looking for is a good deal. There have been many times where my brain has stopped asking all questions and just bought simply because it was so cheap that I couldn’t pass on it. Anyway here is the list of things I’ve bought so far for his birthday. Hopefully it will help in coming up with ideas for your kid’s gift list.
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This was one of those gifts that was at such an amazing price that I just couldn’t pass it up. I bought this in hopes of draining some of the never ending energy out of him. It is large and will take up space, but it seems pretty simple to put up and take down that we could use it outside then pack up when we’re done. We will see. This was purchased in August and has been stored since then. It’s been so hard not to just pull it out and give it to him right away.
Most of my meals are cooked in the microwave, I won’t deny it. Dorian thinks it’s fun to wait and watch as the numbers change on the screen, so this is something I think he will have a lot of fun with.
Because all kids need a tunnel.
There are lots of books on his gift list since it’s something he has a lot of interest in and I want to keep that for as long as possible. These are not all of them, but these are the biggest or most well known.
The last part of his gifts are about a weeks worth of shirts, all outer space themed. We got them on sale when seasons changed so I don’t have a reference for them. They were all purchased for his next size up so they will fit.