It's that time of year again; wallets are opened, budgets are blown, and credit card balances are sure to increase, all in the name of giving. Everyone loves buying gifts for the kids in their lives, but sometimes us parents are less than thrilled with the choices of even the most well-intentioned gift giver. There are a few basic rules for buying my kid a gift that (I humbly think, of course) most parents would love to share with friends and family members, too.
I have a very small house, according to today's standards, and as a family of four living in a two bedroom house, our space is limited. We don't have a playroom, so my kids' toys live among us and throughout the general population of our home. Every year, I remind our family of our limited space, and every year I am soundly ignored. My children have been gifted with what can only be described as humungous toys. While the sentiment is very much appreciated, the impact on our daily life is, well, not. When your gift makes it difficult for me to navigate my home, maybe you should rethink it. Bigger is not always better. The same goes for toys that make noise. As I sit here writing this very word, my children are playing with the most obnoxious toy ever conceived by man, and I've had to rewrite the same sentence no less than six times because the noise from this one toy is making my brain crash.
So, in the spirit of parents everywhere, I offer you my quintessential 10 rules for buying gifts for my (and everyone else's) kid to help make this holiday season better for everyone involved.