A Christmas gift tip for parents of toddlers: Don’t stress so much about picking the perfect gift this year. On Christmas morning kids at this age, after opening all of their thoughtfully selected and carefully wrapped gifts, simply toss those presents aside and begin playing with the gift boxes instead. Really! Those of you who are experienced parents, back me up on this. Do I have that about right?
So I was thinking: Do you remember as a kid the hours and hours of joy boxes (especially big discarded appliance boxes) gave you? We turned them into forts… and spaceships to the moon. They caused us to use our imaginations. I’ve come up with a practical solution for Christmas this year; let’s do our toddler gift shopping at U-Haul. For a tiny amount of money we can get them a really nice selection of small, medium and large boxes, as well as some bubble wrap and a roll or two of packing tape. Toddler heaven!!
What do you think? No fighting crowds at the mall while “Wonderful Christmastime” plays for the 37th time over the muzak. No wrestling some over-caffeinated parent for the last Harry Potter Funkoverse Strategy Game (yes that’s a thing… and yes that’s an affiliate link). No 2 AM bleary-eyed construction of complicated toys that are always missing a crucial part. And best of all our little bundles of joy will get exactly what they really want for Christmas… the boxes!
From our family to yours, here’s wishing you a very safe and Merry Christmas!