E will be 3 in August, R will be 1 and yet I still have problems shopping early for their birthdays. Let me explain. . .no, let me sum up (shameless Princess Bride paraphrased reference!). I just think that developmentally they change so quickly that to get them a gift in May or June and then withhold it until August is silly and makes the toy or book have a less useful period of, well, use. Now it sounds like I spoil them but I like to nurture their creativity and interests and if I give them gifts, say, now, I wouldn’t give them extra later or anything like that.
Okay, so that is a really simple thing to write about but I just don’t get how people can buy a gift for their kid months and months in advance and not say “oh, what the heck” and give it to them right away. My husband and I are early gift givers not so much because the recipient can’t wait but because we can’t wait to give the gift. I have already given him his father’s day gift, actually! I am thinking with E turning 3 I can’t get away with early gifts since she gets the whole anticipation for her birthday thing.
As for R, I am having trouble with gifts because we already have all sorts of E’s toys that he enjoys. I see things I’d like to get for him but I don’t want him to only have a few months where he is really into them. Then there are the gifts I get them based on what I like and that gets dangerous. I have to hold back from buying more Duplo (toddler Lego) for example. I went a little crazy with those and with the Fisher-Price Little People series of toys.
I read that the best birthday gift for a one year old was a box of tissues or a mylar balloon which I think is pretty spot on so I will be getting the kids balloons for sure. It also solves my early gift giving problem since I can’t get them too much in advance! Yay, problem (partially) solved!