I just turned 39 two weeks ago and it got me thinking, if I were still a kid in a world with so many toy options, what would I want to receive? (This is because M kept asking me what toy I wanted.)
I’d definitely want books and I’d choose the really witty authors, not the typical ones who churn out traditional nursery rhymes or fairy tales (which are actually kinda dark if you analyze them that even Stephen King would be scared). My choices would be Sandra Boynton or Mo Willems, whom I enjoy reading even as an adult. My kids would really laugh spontaneously from the stories because the writing is just funny but still very smart.
Smart (aka cheapo) Tip: Scour the sale section in National Bookstore Shangrila for good finds — I found Sandra Boynton books for P50 and Mo Willems for P75!!
Lalaloopsy!!! When I first saw Lalaloopsy in Toy Kingdom, I was smitten. I loved the workmanship, the colors, the variety. More than anything, I loved the creativity of the concept behind it. These are like rag dolls (plastic of course) made from fabrics from different people — farmers, bakers, etc. and the Lalaloopsy take on to the personality of those fabrics. Honestly, they can make a theme park out of this idea. I honestly inceptioned M to prefer it over Barbie (ok, sorry #BetterMe!) but I really felt it had something more to offer in terms of innovation, creativity and theme to her (ok to me, to me!).
When I was a kid, I had a hand-me-down Barbie condo with an elevator. I never had a wooden dollhouse though and yes, the grass is always greener … haha. But really, I wanted a wooden dollhouse and I still do. Thus, I bought M one when she was 4 and bought her a wooden hospital when she was 5. ELC has all sorts of wooden dollhouses and furniture that are amazingly affordable given their quality of workmanship. I love them! When we’re in ELC, I think I may have the same level of excitement as M in looking at the cute dollhouses that are as tall as she. They even have constructor’s houses for boys (because most dollhouses have pink in them and scare off the parents of boys).
The good thing about this wish list is I already have them through my kids’ stuff. It’s the same things they like too … or did I make them like them because I liked them????
It’s ok. They won’t realize it until they’re 24. Heehee. (how very progressive of me!)