Gift List for 3 Year Olds

25 September 2013

Regardless of how much I freak out in disbelief, I can no longer hide from the fact that I have a third birthday party to plan for my princesses. Yep, third birthday. Do you remember back in the day when they couldn't even crawl?

I've been feeling pretty nostalgic these days but apart from that, I've also been working on a gift list for the girls that will cover their birthdays in November and Christmas in December. I'm very happy to be using my "Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit" gift buying policy as a guide. Thankfully, the list is taking shape. I like to start buying early so I can space out all the purchases leading up to the big day. Here are the options I'm looking at right now based on the girls' interests and my pocket book

Something for the body  
  • Doctor and fireman dress up costumes. So far, the Fisher Price doctor kit is my front contender
  • An indoor trampoline to help us survive the long indoor days of Calgary winters. Not likely because I don't have room for this and it just looks like one of those flaky ideas I occasionally get
  • Non-metallic jewelry for Ms Spice. She's already a little fashionista and loves her bling

Something for the mind (Something that educates)  

  • Jigsaw puzzles with 10-25 pieces. I already got a 3-pack of Dora puzzles from Walmart so this is done
  • Kiddie tablets or electronic readers. These were a very distant option until I got a Leappad2 for review and I liked the potential. So now I have 2 tablets (LeapPad2 and Innotab3) waiting to be wrapped up and presented to my techie princesses come November

Something for the soul: (Simply something that makes them giddily happy)  
  • The live Dora show. This is a maybe-but-not-likely because I find the ticket prices to be on the high side
  • A room makeover. The girls never had a nursery and I'd love to give them a purposefully decorated little girl room
  • Doll accessories for Ms Spice - a twin doll stroller, high chair and maybe even crib
  • Kiddie cameras. I really wanted to get the VTech Kidizooms but the LeapPad2 and Innotab3 already have cameras. Still, they really enjoy taking pictures using my phone and camera so I think this will be for them, the best gift ever
Something for the spirit: (Something that benefits their spiritual life and brings them closer to God)
  • Truth be told, this has been the hardest category to populate. I'm leaning towards getting them episodes of my old favorite - I think it was called Kids Praise and featured a big blue book called Psalty. Still trying to locate that on iTunes  

Bottom line is I'm going to be brave and buy them different presents based on their personal preferences - Spice's love of dolls and fashion vs Sugar's love of electronics and activity. Looking for the perfect gift helps me keep my mind off the fact that they now look like little girls and not babies...

If you've gone through this stage already, what did your kids like doing/playing with as 3 year olds?

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