Shopping for Jacob this Christmas was easy, he only wants one thing. A Nintendo 3DS. And while I'm not crazy about the video gaming and while I'm not crazy about a five year old having his very own video gaming thingy, I bought the Nintendo 3DS. In red. Because everything has to be red.
I got it at Target on sale plus they gave out a $50 gift card when you bought it so it covered most of the cost of the other gifts, so I feel like I won on some sort of level.
I also got him a hardcover copy of Jumanji.
And a Yellow Submarine clock for his room.
Scrabble and Parcheesi in hard wooden boxes- but those are really more house gifts than gifts for Jake. I only buy hardcover games. I hate those cheap soft boxes that never stack well anywhere and end up needing eight layers of scotch tape on the corners.
LEGOs, the kind that you don't have to make anything in particular.
And a couple Ninjago guys for his stocking.
And an eight ball, he's obsessed.
And a few more wooden train track pieces from Ikea. We never have enough to build the sort of track we want to build, and I'm assuming that won't change just because we are buying more.
And that's it.
I have a pair of socks to put in his stocking.
And a pair of rocket ship pajamas that I might wrap up or just give him to wear Christmas Eve. The last time I put Jake in a cute pair of jams the night before, he peed on them and had to change to something else and the Christmas morning pictures weren't as cute as they would have been and I just sort of flaked on it last year.
And summer clothes that I got for a steal- four pairs of shorts and four shirts, but I don't think I'll wrap them because I'm on the fence about Clothes for Christmas. It adds bulk under the tree for sure, but I think it raises quantitative expectations for Christmases to Come and disappoints qualitatively for the kiddo.
I'll probably just put them in a drawer and roll them out when the weather breaks in April.
Dave's mom might be getting Jake a telescope, he's really into space. We have an amazing picture encyclopedia I'd recommend to anyone who needs to pick up a gift for a little kid. The whole family will enjoy it and it's educational. Points. We are reading it for the second time, no breaks in between readings. It's that good.
I'm going to buy a game for the DS and my mom will pay me back. It's easier that way.
Blocks and trains and outer space and bugs and Super Mario brothers.
That's what little boys are made of.
Nice to know things haven't changed that much since I was little.