Friday, December 3, 2010

Favorite Things: Toys for Toddler Boys 2 and Under

Just in time for Christmas is Favorite Things: Toys for Little Buddies.  I know, I know.  I just posted about a gift giving philosophy that involves less stuff and more giving.  I am still in agreement with that idea, as I believe we can have a beautiful and joyful Christmas with less stuff, and more giving.  In fact, I think it provides for an opportunity to be much more thoughtful with our gift giving.

So, here we go.  How exciting!  Sometimes, buying a toy for your little buddy in the store is just too much fun to pass up.  Let's face it, there are just those times that call for fun gifts for our little buddies.  I know I have been in that spot quite a few times!  :)  But there are also great opportunities to be a thoughtful gift giver without paying full price or going to a brand name store.  Actually, so far this year, we have been doing most of our Christmas shopping in thrift stores, and it has been a great experience and quite surprising (I have found some amazing things secondhand!).  I am almost done shopping actually, can you believe it?  Cooper has been so blessed by gifts, special sales, thrift store finds, and little splurges in his first two years, and the toys we have accumulated (We have really been purposefull about not going overboard.) have provided literally hours of entertainment for us as a family.  When it comes down to it, it just doesn't matter where the toys come from.  It just doesn't.  They are little buddies.  They don't care.  Cooper has learned so much in being playful, and it has been a blast watching him use and enjoy his toys.  We don't forget how fortunate we are.

Anyhoo, I thought I would pass along some of our very favorite toys or special somethings that have been great for Cooper through his first two years.  Random, simple, old, new, newborn, toddler...have a peek!





Baby Einstein Exersaucer
Craigslist Find


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Fisher-Price Little Superstar Sing-Along Stage
Borrowed from a friend...used by Cooper in learning 
to stand and walk before he was 8 months old.

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Parents Magazine Bee Bop Band Play & Learn Drum & Instruments
Bee Bop Band

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Dirt Devel Dirt Devil Junior 2-In-1 Vacuum (Window Box)
Kid Sized Vacuum
Great practice.  Now he loves to help me vacuum for real.
Train 'em  young.  :)

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Tonka TS4000 Steel Dump Truck
Dump Truck
Found second hand. Christmas present for this year.
He is going to flip out!

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Mega Bloks Building Imagination Bag Classic 80 pcs
Mega Bloks

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Piggy Bank - Jumbo Ceramic Football "Pigskin" Money Bank
Piggy Bank


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Play-doh Case of Colors
Playdoh
I had totally forgotten how entertaining this was.


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Tupperware 3 Piece Original Wonderlier Bowl Set in New Colors
Tupperware
Especially helpful in summer while playing in the kiddy pool.
It was also a make shift drum set when we needed it to be.

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5B Drumsticks Wood Tip
Drumsticks


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Brio set previously owned by the Hubbs as a child.

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My First Craftsman 68-Piece Workbench
Tools...Specifically Hammer, Screwdriver, and Drill
Found at garage sale for oober cheap by my parents.

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Singing Machine SML-385 Top Loading CDG Karaoke System With Sound and Disco Light Show, Black



Karaoke Machine
My old one from college.

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Melissa & Doug Stacking Train
Melissa and Doug Train


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Meinl Nino African rope tuned wood djembe earth xxsmall

African Drum
Souvenir from Auntie's trip to Africa.

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Plastic Trigger Spray Bottle - 16 Ounce
Spray Bottle
Dollar bin at Target.

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Cardboard Boxes
This is Super Cuper Cooper at 10 months old.  He walked before
turning 8 months old, and was a Super Hero just shortly thereafter.

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Hope this list makes you smile with memories of your own little buddy and get creative with gifts this year.  Don't be afraid to think outside the box and get resourceful when it comes to finding that special something for your little one.  Family members and thrift stores are GREAT resources!

Blessings and Happy Christmas Shopping!

2 comments:

  1. I don't have kids but I did ask for Tupperware bowl with covers for Christmas. I don't know how I've survived for so long without them! Cute pictures of your little one!

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  2. Hi Holly, Thanks for following, Im following you too! Looks like we both have a lot to be thankful for. Have yet to start my Christmas shopping but will certainly keep your list in mind.

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