The list author says: "I have four kids, so every dollar counts during the holidays. I put a lot of thought into every purchase. My brood doesn't get too much "out of the blue" or "just because" during the rest of the year. And 3 of them sharing the same birthday week is a missed opportunity to splurge a little. We're not rich. For Christmas, each girl gets 8-12 gifts, depending on the year. Usually, like this year, around 10 each. I leave the bigger ticket items for the doting grandparents and, in our case, aunt. I focus on quantity (40 or more wrapped gifts looks overwhelming under the tree), but quality. I aim to spend only $10 per gift. Sometimes I will spend up to $15. I will rarely spend $20,and NEVER more. If the prices here don't reflect that, then they have changed. This is what Santa is bringing my 3 yr old daughter this year, though most of the items are doable for a boy. She is still my fave to shop for and, after a long year, I'm ready for new play things as well!"
"I'm a fan of most things Vtech. You cannot believe the bang you are getting for your buck with this one. Incidentally, this comes in your more traditional colors as well, but in true Amazon fashion, for 5-6 dollars more. Who knows why."
"Summer has always loved puzzles. I keep them well organized on a low shelf and she still pulls them out regularly, even though she has long outgrown most of them. At 24 pieces, this should keep her amused for a while, and we all know how stimulating puzzles are for the brain. :-)"
"Moms who cook nearly every night know how awesome fridge magnet toys are. Last year, Summer got the Phonics one, which she is still enjoying and growing into. This one is cool because they can record, and play back, "themselves". But, I paid $9.99. I'm seeing a pattern here. Shop early!!"