Christmas Toy Shopping Tips (**GIVEAWAY**)

Christmas Toy Shopping

Preparing for the holidays is a lot of work.  Between getting ready for guests, finding the right items to shop for, shopping, and everything else – the holidays can be a challenge!

Now that my oldest child is 10, I have found some ways that make the process of holiday shopping easier.  You know you will need to shop for Christmas toys 2017 – so start early with these tips!

Budget and shop year round.

The end of the year shouldn’t be super stressful and end up being a financial disaster.  Try to budget for holiday shopping every month by putting away some money, and/or purchasing gifts ahead of time.

Buying gifts ahead of time can be an awesome idea – but there are downsides too.  Be careful about buying things that can become outdated within the year, or that the recipient might get before the holidays.  For example, I love snagging great sales on clothes or other useful items for the kids, especially when I know they can use those.

Educational toys.

The holidays are a great time to buy toys that have an educational value.  Sometimes these are things like books or puzzles, but there are lots of great toys out there for a variety of ages, from toys that help kids learn shapes and colors to toys for older kids, like STEM products.

Meccanoid Robot Toy

Crafty toys and projects to keep the kids busy.

Choose some toys that can be used during your holiday break.  We travel for the holidays, and on Christmas day, the kids tend to get up really early to open gifts.  After that, in the dead of winter and all the stores etc. are closed, this is the time for the kids to use toys.  Between trying to deal with stress of holiday traveling and everything else, we make sure that we give the kids a variety of crafts and other projects that can be done over the holidays – which is much better than the kids bickering because they are bored!

My Tissue Art

Go green!

There are so many great “green” toys out there, like ones that are naturally made with wood and free of chemicals.  I love picking out wood or recycled toys, which are a nice change from typical plastics and electronics.

PlanToys Wooden Tea Set Toy

Buy toys to donate.

The holidays are an extra special time to teach lessons about giving to others.  I always involve my kids when I can, and they love picking out gifts for other kids during the holidays.  After Christmas, I have the kids do some spring cleaning to also donate their gently used toys as well.


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By | 2017-03-11T12:54:33+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Giveaway, Toys|67 Comments

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  1. Cheryl March 10, 2017 at 3:25 am - Reply

    My favorite toy as a child was a stuffed animal.

  2. Lindsay Bade March 10, 2017 at 6:42 am - Reply

    My favorite toy was a water baby!

  3. Will G March 10, 2017 at 11:14 am - Reply

    My favorite toy was my stuffed animal. It was a dog.

  4. mami2jcn March 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I loved Barbies when I was a kid.

  5. Rachel March 10, 2017 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    My favorite toy as a child was my Cabbage Patch doll.

  6. Jillian Too March 10, 2017 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    I loved my Cabbage Patch doll and puzzle games.

  7. Laura S March 11, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I loved my purple stuffed bunny; carried it around everywhere and couldn’t sleep without it!

  8. Nicole Martin March 11, 2017 at 2:57 am - Reply

    I loved Legos as a kid, and now my son loves them just as much!

  9. Sonya Morris March 11, 2017 at 3:57 am - Reply

    My favorite toy was a stuffed bear.

  10. Ty March 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    My favorite toy as a child was my care bears!

  11. Edye March 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I loved any kind of stuffed animal as a little kid.

  12. Chrissy March 11, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    My child’s favorite toy is a little people rv camper that her grandparents got her for Christmas. We make up tons of stories about what the little people are doing, we sing songs, and we roast marshmallows over the fake fire – it’s so fun and cute!

  13. Tee Anderson March 11, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    I love my care bears.

  14. Margaret Smith March 11, 2017 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    My barbie dolls were my favorite. I played with them every chance that I could.

  15. Carolsue March 12, 2017 at 12:22 am - Reply

    I had a farm set with lots of animals that I just loved

  16. MaryAnn March 12, 2017 at 2:26 am - Reply

    My sons favorite toy is Legos.

  17. hannah March 12, 2017 at 2:58 am - Reply

    As a really young child, my favorite toy was an old fashioned baby carriage my parents found somewhere. There are pictures of me pushing that carriage around the house, with the cat inside with a bonnet tied on it’s head! Haha, that poor patient cat.

  18. LaTanya March 12, 2017 at 3:19 am - Reply

    I liked my cabbage patch doll

  19. adriana March 12, 2017 at 6:03 am - Reply

    i liked barbies.

  20. Melissa March 12, 2017 at 7:35 am - Reply

    My doodle bear was my favorite child toy

  21. Ashley C March 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    My favorite toy was barbie dolls!

  22. Julia Barnes March 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I loved my Cabbage Patch Dolls.

  23. jeremy mclaughlin March 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    My favorite was Gi Joe.

  24. elishia bakle March 12, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    my favotire was a class register. my daughters is a ugly stuffed rat!

  25. Valerie Mabrey March 12, 2017 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I had a teddy panda bear that I slept with every night.

  26. Brittney House March 12, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    I used to play with Barbies. I loved how many different outfits you can dress them in.

  27. Kelly D March 13, 2017 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I liked my Pretty Ponies when I was little.

  28. ali March 13, 2017 at 1:47 am - Reply

    My favorite toy was my Speak & Spell.

  29. McKim March 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I had a plastic doll I named Priscilla that I carried everywhere with me.

  30. Nidhi Chauhan March 13, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    My son’s favorite toy is his Thomas train.

  31. Patricia C March 14, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    My favorite toy as a child was a play kitchen.

  32. Em Mahr March 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I loved Legos when I was a child. Right now, my son loves anything to do with trains.

  33. Jill Rivera March 15, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    As a child I played with legos for hours. My kids played computer games, My granddaughter plays with her wooden puzzles.

  34. Lisa V. March 16, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

    My favorite toy was my bicycle.

  35. Erin March 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    My favorite toy as a child was my Mr. Potato Head. I could seriously play with that thing for hours.

  36. Elle March 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I was a big time Barbie fan. I had tons of dolls, a couple Dream Houses, cars, a pool set, etc..

  37. nickie March 17, 2017 at 3:19 am - Reply

    My bike was my favorite

  38. Natalie S March 17, 2017 at 4:07 am - Reply

    I loved my Cabbage Patch dolls and my baby alive doll!

  39. lana March 18, 2017 at 2:33 am - Reply

    I loved barbies bc we never had them in Ukraine until we came here

  40. Lauren H March 18, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

    My etch a sketch and MC hammer doll.

  41. Kris Mihalov March 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    My holly hobbie oven

  42. susan smoaks March 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    my favorite toy when i was a child was my dolls. i loved to play with my dolls.

  43. Sarah Hayes March 19, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    i loved playing with barbies

  44. Vera March 19, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    I loved jumping on the trampoline when I was a kid.

  45. The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia March 19, 2017 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure I had a favorite toy, but the Christmas I received my Cabbage Patch Doll is a special memory for me.

  46. Angela W March 19, 2017 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    Barbies were my favorite toy and now my daughters favorite toy.

  47. Stephanie Liske March 20, 2017 at 1:28 am - Reply

    I had this ugly monster thing, and it was my favorite.

  48. Richard Hicks March 20, 2017 at 4:46 am - Reply

    My fav toy as a child was a slinky

  49. Mindy DeLisi March 20, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

    My daughter is 9 and her favorites are her stuffed animals!! Especially Webkins!

  50. Francine Anchondo March 20, 2017 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    I loved to play with barbies and puzzles and my daughter loves crafts.

  51. melissa Resnick March 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    love weeble woubles

  52. Erica B. March 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    My favorite toy was Care Bears and that’s my daughter’s too.

  53. Chrisy Beason March 21, 2017 at 1:12 am - Reply

    I loved Barbies

  54. Stephanie Larison March 21, 2017 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Polly Pockets were my absolute fave growing up! I used to have sooo many. Wish I would’ve saved them for my kids, they’d love them now.

  55. Kerry p March 21, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    I had. Little blue house where the patio doors slid open. It had little people with it and a bell

  56. Leah Shumack March 21, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

    My favorite toy was my Glow-worm…you would squeeze it and his face would light up. Was so much cooler than any night light!

  57. rosemary March 21, 2017 at 12:51 pm - Reply


  58. Tina Reynolds March 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I had a gizmo stuffed doll from the gremelins movie!!!

  59. tammy ohagan March 21, 2017 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Mrs Beasley Doll was my fav!

  60. Tracey Concannon March 21, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Oh, I had so many favorite toys! I REALLY loved my pretend dishes and my miniature china set! All my dolls and I would have tea!

  61. Marya Mann March 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Teddy ruxpin and water baby

  62. Samantha March 22, 2017 at 12:49 am - Reply

    I used to love playing with Barbies when I was young!

  63. Breanne March 22, 2017 at 2:06 am - Reply

    My favorite toy was a Barbie.

  64. B Alexandra March 22, 2017 at 2:24 am - Reply

    I remember my favorite toys as a child were play food. I loved “making dinner” for my brother and mom. I still think all the food and toy kitchens are so cute.

  65. Sand March 22, 2017 at 2:38 am - Reply

    I loved my Cabbage Patch Kids. My littles love their Vtech toys with tracks. They are total boys!

  66. Shea Balentine March 22, 2017 at 2:55 am - Reply

    I loved Lego’s and my easy bake oven! My boys also love lego’s!

  67. Vikki Billings March 22, 2017 at 3:03 am - Reply

    My favorite toy/doll was my chatty cathy doll!

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