In my ongoing attempts to prove that despite all of these children and all of these jobs, we TOTALLY have our lives together, I decided that there is no way we are going to feel the pinch of buying a bajillion Chrismukkah gifts in the same month this year. But! We still want to buy a bajillion Chrismukkah gift because Christmas morning chaos is one of my favorite things about having a million children children. Well, that and how often we get to celebrate a birthday. Chocolate cake almost half the year! (Almost half because Dorothy and Ben share the same birthday birthday month).
This year, we are going to do the impossible thing that we have never ever managed to do-- we are going to stop hemorrhaging money between late November and late December, and instead, we are going to buy at least 2-- but hopefully more like 4-- gifts EVERY MONTH and squirrel them away until Christmas.
I know it's only February, but so far WE ARE DOING IT! Last month, we bought 3 gifts for Dorothy and 2 for Cooper, and it felt AMAZING. It felt so good, in fact, that I want to help you jump start your holiday shopping, too. I suggest hitting up Diapers.com for Christmas toys, and to make that happen, I am offering a $50 gift certificate to Diapers.com. To win, all you have to do is comment on this post, and tell me your favorite Chrismukkah purchase from 2017. This awesome giveaway is made possible by a partnership between this blog and Nakturnal.
In Chrismukkahs past, I have made the mistake of buying Dorothy toys that she's just not ready for.
real suggestions for developmentally appropriate toys and making a Pinterest board, even. And! I am not the only person on the internet who says early shopping is the thing to do! But-- I might be the only person you know offering a giveaway to get you started, so don't forget to comment on your favorite Chrismukkah purchase from last year to be entered to win a $50 Diapers.com gift certificate.
In the interest of total honesty, I have to tell you that I am probably giving Dorothy the stuff I have already bought-- the Pinkalicious books, the Shimmer and Shine playset, and the giant pack of Disney Princess dolls-- for her birthday because another thing I want to do this year is curb the birthday spending. I just invited all her little preschool friends over for a Trolls-themed tea party (IT'S GOING TO BE SO AWESOME), and I already have all her gifts, so I feel like this is a huge win in that column. Plus, I still have 2 gifts for Cooper that I bought in January, so I'm not ruining my Chrsimukkah resolution, either. It's hard when you are shopping in advance for little kids to know what the heck they are going to be into when the holiday rolls around, and she loves all of those things RIGHT NOW, so I have kairos on my side.
Which reminds me! The time is right for you to start your holiday shopping, too, with $50 from Diapers.com. All you have to do to enter is to comment about your favorite Chrismukkah purchase from 2016. I can't wait to read your answers, and tell your friends to enter, too!