You may have noticed the lack of a gift guide this year on my blog this year. It’s not due to a lack of pr pitches, but a personal choice of my own. Years past, I had huge gift guides and while I would like to think consumerism didn’t take over, it most certainly did. I tried to keep things still focused on what mattered most during this special time of year, but Christmas became a little too materialistic for me. This year, I made the effort for it to stop.
Family, friends and of course the true meaning of Christmas are what matter most. With the recent death of a very close family member during the Christmas season, it makes what is truly important even more obvious. It’s not toys, or diamonds. Those items only bring temporary happiness, if it’s really happiness at all.
So this Christmas, I’ve really toned things down, although I haven’t gone completely “Grinch”. For my own kids, I’ve focused on a few (trust me 3 or 4 quality things Max) for my girls.
The baby will be getting some classic Fisher Price Toys this year. Including the classic Fisher Price telephone and the “Farmer Says” toys. I remember these when I was a kid, as well as playing with them with younger kids. These toys are true classics, and I am very happy to give them as a gift to my daughter. I don’t feel as if they are gifts “just to give”, but are true gifts, that she will enjoy for years to come. That is what makes these toys classics, they have survived generations.
While these will certainly bring her a few hours of enjoyment as she grows up, I want her to mostly remember the good times she had being with others while playing with these toys, not just the toys themselves.
This Christmas season, I am truly keeping things low key to focus on what matters most, and I am extremely excited about it.
“DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS A PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THE FISHERPRICE PLAY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WITH MOM CENTRAL CANADA. THE OPINIONS IN THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.”