AKA: What I’m getting Annie for Christmas! AB will turn one on January 22nd, but as far as gifts under 1 year go, I’m totally done spending money on them. At the end of the day, she’s content chewing on a megablock. Aunts, grandmas, and friends have spent countless dollars on her to watch her play with cuter toys for about two minutes before deciding that she’s over it.
So, my Christmas shopping philosophy is this:
- She’s not going to remember it at all. If I give her any big ticket items, they will more than likely be wrapped up and given again next year.
- They will be toys that she can grow into. Much like her clothes, it’s pretty pointless to buy anything in “her size” at this point.
I remember shopping at Crate and Barrel for all of the dishes and decor at my first college apartment. My room mate and I obsessed over the pattern of the plates, and the place settings on the little two top bar. In hindsight, it didn’t matter what we ate cold pizza and ramen out of. But everything we got was precious and really high quality. Plus, it fit into our teeny tiny budget at the time. I found Crate & Kids when I first started scouring the internet for Christmas ideas. All of their toys look like keepsake items that I would want in my home forever. That’s where I was sold. I would keep this rocking horse out in my living room as a permanent fixture.
But my favorite piece of all was the pop up cafe. It’s been a dream of mine to open up a coffee shop for so long. I started drinking coffee when I was 13 years old because it made me feel so grown up, and my first job was flexing my barista skills at our local cafe. Handing down that love of the bean to Annie B just feels right. It’s a toy that she can grow into and play with for years and years down the line.