Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Traditions: Toy Shopping Night

Tonight Dan and I are going Christmas shopping for our kids. This is one of my favorite nights of the year, and one I look forward to for a long time!

It's been our tradition for the past three years to pick one night after Thanksgiving and head out together. We ask my parents to watch the kids, do our shopping, and go out to dinner. We started it for Stephanie's first Christmas, when she was 9 months old. We went to Toys R' Us with no plan and a monetary amount that we agreed we would spend. We loaded up our shopping cart, and looking back it makes me laugh. All that for a 9 month old! But it wasn't only Stephanie's first Christmas, it was our first Christmas as parents. We spoiled her and had a blast doing it. After shopping for hours we went to a Mexican restaurant and enjoyed a rare dinner out by ourselves.

Last year we did the same thing, but for both kids. We bought a little less because, in an effort to save money I had shopped early and gotten deals on some things. But we went together anyway, getting enough to reach our allotted amount of money for each child. (We also Elf-shop for Dan's Grandma. She gives us money and we pick out things for them, from her.)

This year is different. We're really budgeting and cutting back to save for a house, so I have done almost all of the shopping already. But Dan likes to be involved in the picking out of the toys, so I saved one present per child that he can choose tonight. He can also choose the Elf-shop toys. We're also going out to the same Mexican restaurant we always go to. Have to stick with tradition after all!

Christmas traditions like this fill me with so much joy and anticipation. It's fun to get a night out in the middle of all the holiday chaos, and I love that Dan wants to be involved in choosing gifts for our children. Also, lets face it-picking out toys for your kids is fun. There's nothing like wandering through a toy-store to bring you back to your own childhood for a few minutes.

How do you shop for your kids? Do you have a plan? Shop online? I love to hear the different ways people get their gifts.


  1. So cute! :) What a fun tradition. Have a blast!!

  2. I shop throughout the year whenever there are deals to save money, but this sounds like a lot of fun!

    1. It is fun! That's why, even though I tried to shop for deals throughout the year, I saved one present for each kid. Cant' break with tradition :)

  3. Awe, we used to do that but I've been online shopping for the past couple of years. I think we need to start doing this again. I just have a hard time bringing my man-child into the toy department.

    1. It's so fun! But we do get tempted to go crazy and buy everything in sight, haha.

  4. That sounds like fun! I wish I had a night to get it all done! I found you after you found me in the blog along!

    1. Thanks for following back, I appreciate it :)

  5. So fun! We don't really have a plan, but we do most of our shopping online using Amazon Prime. It's an expensive month for us with Jackson's birthday being the 3rd!

    1. Ugh, it must be so hard to have a birthday this month too! Amazon prime is amazing...I do a lot through there too.

  6. We have the kids pick their three top things to ask Santa for and then I usually go shopping when the kids go to bed. It is less crowded when you go out then.

    1. Yes, the crowds are one of the reasons I prefer to go early!

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