My favorite gifts for the girls are ones that help their creativity and pretend play. The kitchen and play food from last year is probably one of their most played with gifts, they both love to “make” food and it’s a gift that has been great for them both. Ellie has a “big girl” tea set she likes to play with so Emma will be getting her own this one this year. The girls are both into playing house and carry dolls around with them all over the house pretending to feed and talk to them. They’re gonna flip when they see their new dolls, stroller, and high chair!
We love gifts that we can play together like Don't Break the Ice, which was a HUGE hit this past year and we recently got into puzzles. I ordered this adorable block letter set after Veronika’s post and I can’t wait for them to open it! It came last night and it's so cute! The colors are beautiful too. I found a great opposites puzzle too I can’t wait to give Ellie.
The girls love little figurines and Ellie enjoys pretend play with them, creating all kinds of scenarios and scenes with them (mostly mom/baby, or friend/friend situations). We have a few Little People sets so each girl will be getting their own this year, Ellie has been obsessed with this Mickey Mouse one we gifted to a friend earlier this year and Emma is getting her own princess castle to start her collection. The girls create huge towers for their princesses so we need another set of blocks for more, larger towers!
Shopkins is all the rage with the girls right now and Ellie has been asking for some since her birthday, so I can’t wait for her to open this gift! We haven’t seen the Trolls movie yet, but I know it’s gonna be a huge hit in our house, so I’m getting the girls ready to watch with these cute figurines. This FurReal Friend is going to be so cute! Matt’s mom got it for Ellie and it keeps going off unexpectedly so I think it will be fun for me too (-__-).
We love experience gifts- tickets for shows (we’re heading to Disney on Ice in January!), zoo passes, or box subscriptions. We discovered BookRoo this year and the girls LOVE getting packages in the mail! Each board book box has three books, each individually wrapped, and we’ve all loved adding to our library. Each box has handpicked books from several families and we’ve always had books that I’ve never seen/heard of that the girls just adore. We like to trade off between board and story books and it’s one subscription we’ll definitely keep doing! Use code KRILAW for $10 off your first order!
For stocking stuffers, I put a mix of snacks and a bit of candy, but focus more on smaller toys. Every year, I include new boxes of crayons- chubby ones for Emma and Twistables for Ellie (they’re perfect for travel!), stickers, paints, travel color books, Beanie Babies, and a few bows and headbands. I love watching them lay on their bellies coloring together- it makes my heart swell! For Emma I’ll stash new cups, child utensils, bath toys, socks, and puffs. For Ellie, I’ve found slap bracelets, cute knee socks, and small toy figurines. Oh, and you can’t forget the orange at the bottom of the stocking!
What are you getting for your littles this holiday? What are they most excited about?