My boys are getting older and that makes them harder to shop for. They don’t play with most toys but at 8-12 years old they are still too young enough that they need something fun under the tree Christmas morning. That makes my holiday shopping list a bit of a challenge. I was thrilled to discover Qixels by Moose Toys because it was something I could see all 3 of my boys really getting into.
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As a parent, you want to give your kids everything. What kids want and what they need are often very different things though. A few years ago, when my oldest was only in preschool, I started to see the consequence of saying yes too often and making things easy on my kids. We were walking through a toy story and my son pointed out a toy he wanted to buy. I told him we weren’t buying it that day and he shrugged his shoulders and said, “Ok. You’ll get it for me later.”
Gift giving is an art. Some people have a knack for it and others . . . well, don’t. I am not a natural gift giver. I can handle the under 5 crowd but once they get past that my creativity is definitely lacking. I love making people feel special with gifts though so I really do make an effort. I have a few tricks that
When birthdays come around for family or friends I am usually doing a haphazard wrapping job at the last minute, and folding some plain paper in half and writing who the gift is from and slapping it on there. I feel a little embarrassed showing up to parties and showers with an obvious lack of preparation. I want the receiver to feel like I care and put thought into their special day, and didn’t just throw something together. Here is an easy DIY wrapping station you can put up in minutes!