Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Christmas Wish List - Ideas for the 1 and 9 year olds in your life - and another Fantastic Giveaway!

It's that time of year again! Halloween has come and gone (but what a fun weekend!) and it's November 2nd (already?!?!?!?). Here are some of the gifts that Santa told me he has in mind for Pupa, age 1, and Fratellone, age 9:

  • My kids are active (thank God!) so Santa usually thinks of them with a fun outdoors or in the un-finished basement gift. At age one, Pupa can walk, but couldn't figure out for the life of her how to steer any of the other little ride-on cars on the market. The Radio Flyer Scoot N'Zoom is perfect for kids two and under: since it's wheels rotate 360 degrees, you don't need to know how to steer. Pupa had the pleasure of testing it out thanks to Radio Flyer, and she felt like a big girl as she wiggled her little legs and drove all around the room. Radio Flyer (radioflyer.com) is the American company you can trust for fun, classic toys that kids will love (and then pass down to their own kids) and the Scoot N'Zoom, as well as the classic little red wagon, are timeless gifts, ideal for your favorite tot. Fratellone will be getting a Shox Scooter - http://www.shredsled.com/. He's broken his arm a whopping five times (once from a bike fall), and I think scooters are a better fit for him to get around our city neighborhood than a bike For one, they don't go as fast, second, it's harder to fall off a scooter. At least I'm hoping, since I can't handle another visit to the Children's Memorial ER).
  • Fratellone is still a big time LEGO guy. Every Christmas I get him the LEGO City Advent Calendar and by Christmas day, we always have a cute little display under our tree. He's also thrilled to see the Lego Harry Potter sets this year - he's read the series so many times I think he has it memorized. Who knows? Maybe Santa will bring him Hagrid's Hut and Hogwarts....
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  •  Pupa on the other hand, is obsessed with Matryoskas. She loves playing with an old Matryoska set of mine. (Of course I had to take away the littlest ones because they are choking hazards.)I'm going to get her another set of Matryoskas - this may even be a little start of a collection for her.
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  • Since we moved into a new home recently, I'd also like to gift each kid a piece of original artwork, reflective of their interests, to decorate their eclectic bedrooms. I love this artist's interpretation of Star Wars for Fratellone (who is a huge StarWars fan) http://superugly.bigcartel.com/ For Pupa, I asked this artist http://www.etsy.com/people/jenwojtowicz?ref=ls_profilewicz?ref=ls_profile to make a special painting featuring the Saint that she shares a name with.
  • I used to feel guilty sometimes because I loved to read as I nursed my kids (as opposed to staring lovingly at them like you're supposed to - that was my reading time!) Well, maybe all that reading during nursing had a positive effect after all, because we are all big readers in our family. Pupa has a little armchair that at the age of one, she loves to cuddle in with her blanket and a good book (that's my kind of gal!). Fratellone is most often found with his nose in a book and he's currently devouring anything by Rick Riordan - he's now on the Kane Chronicles. For Christmas, I'll be getting him the The Alex Rider Collection (3 Books) (Alex Rider Adventure). Pupa loves anything by Eric Carle but especially the The Very Busy Spider. I'll be heading over to Open Books, a nonprofit bookstore that also bookstore that also bookstore that also provides community programs that promote literacy in Chicago and beyond, to pick out some classic tot board books for Pupa. Open Books has been called "the most beautiful bookstore in Chicago," and it holds more than 50,000 donated books for sale to help support its literacy cause. Located at 213 W. Institute Pl., Chicago, 1 block north of Chicago+Franklin on Brown/Purple Lines, it's open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 7pm and Sunday from 12noon - 6pm. Check Open Books out online at open-books.org
  • This Christmas, as always, I'd like to keep the focus less on material goods and more on good times spent together. Because we all know that kids rarely remember all the gadgets and gizmos they receive on Christmas morning, but one day, they'll hold dear to their hearts memories of baking cookies with Dad, sledding with the cousins, trimming the tree with mom, and checking out the Zoolights with Grandma and Grandpa. One of my friends, Lori Morrison-Contreras, shared an idea with me I think I'm going to borrow as a new family holiday tradition, too (Thanks, Lori!): She bought an advent calender - the kind with the little drawers that you can fill with a treat for each day of the advent season. Instead of filling her calender with treats, however, Lori fills each drawer with a note of something that she and the kids can do together that day to celebrate the holidays. Think: Bake sugar cookies. Make snow angels. Invite the neighbors over for dinner. Play a board game. Pop popcorn and watch It's a Wonderful Life. On the weekends, I also add some fun things we can do together in the city, i.e. Visit the Christmas Kindlmarket. See the Flowers at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Go on a hike in the snow. Honestly, that's all I want for Christmas: to spend time with family and friends.
I'd love to make your Christmas shopping a little easier, and the folks at Radio Flyer and Shox Scooters have given me a couple of prizes to give away! I have a little Sccot N'Zoom from Radio Flyer and a Shox Scooter to give away, In addition, I have a CD that I'll send along to the winner of the Scoot N'Zoom: It’s Santa Claus!—named for the album’s original title track—is full of holiday cheer with classic songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Let It Snow, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Auld Lang Syne,” and “Greensleeves.”Songs may be sampled at http://benrudnick.com/santa_claus

To enter our Grand Christmas Wish Giveaway, leave a comment below telling me what's number one on your Christmas wish list this year. Also, let me know whether you are hoping for the Radio Flyer Scoot N'Zoom or the Shox Scooter. I'll be drawing a winner on November 8th, and I'll contact you by email so we can arrange delivery. Thanks and good luck!  
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**special thanks to Radio Flyer and Shox Scooters for sponsoring the prizes in this giveaway and allowing my kids to try out their great rides!

27 comments:

  1. I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Wish list for 4 year old (boy) is a scooter - so your blog post caught my attention. Our 2 year old girl loves books. She has a lot inherited from her brother so we are considering a kids magazine subscription like Babybug. Would love other suggestions.

    In addition currently thought for grandparents to give each child "it looks like me" plate or an art print from Olliegraphic (olliegraphic.com). We love this site and her products. They are always lovely.

    Cheers Stephanie

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  2. I definitely like to keep the focus on experiences we can have together rather than too much "stuff."

    That being said, my son would totally love a scooter!

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  3. Oh my! Thanks for the tip, Stephanie! I love the olligraphics site. This one plate looks like my daughter: http://olliegraphic.com/item/plate_bowl_set_girl/13/c6

    Amy, Tiramisumom.com

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  4. The scooter would be sweet! I have a cautious 9 year old boy who likes something to hold on to, as opposed to his daring little sister, who'd skate board off the roof if I let her. She's already spent a month in a cast for a broken ankle (at the tender age of 7) from doing no handed cartwheels.

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  5. I, like you, am all about the experiences for the holiday season, and creating memories. However, since our camera broke this year, top on my wish list is a new camera, so I can catch all the memories! I would love to win the Shox Scooter for my daughter. She would love it, since she likes to try out our neighbor's.

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  6. My daughter wants the FurReal Friends GoGo My Walkin' Pup. She would also love the Shox Scooter. Thanks!

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  7. The Shox Scooter would be an awesome Christmas Gift. My daughter also wants the Barbie Video Girl Barbie Doll.

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  8. My daughter wants an American Girl doll. I think I will start with a Bitty Baby due to her age. The Scoot N Zoom would be perfect for her too.

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  9. I would love to win the Shox Scooter for my daughter, but my baby boy will be 1 on 1/7/11 and he would love the Scoot N'Zoom! I have only 1 thing on my personal wish list this year, I told my hubby that I want him to get our wills, health care orders & power of attorney all completed. We had a close call last year with a surgery and it scared the @*#&@* out of me! My daughter's #1 item on her wish list is princess stuff, but her birthday is 12/28 so outside play items for when the weather is nice are on her birthday list.

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  10. I love the idea of the Matryoskas (never knew the real name of them). I think my almost 4 year old would be fascinated with one. I'd like to get her one. My little boy, I know he'd like the Radio Flyer Scoot N'Zoom, he's almost 1 and it would be great for him. My wife wants me to keep up with the "mom" stuff or find a job, because I've been an out-of-work-stay-at-home-dad for a year & a half now.

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  11. My daughter would like Mickey Mouse Dance Star. It sings and dances around. The Scoot N Zoom would be great for her too. Thanks for doing this.

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  12. My son would love a new bicycle. If Santa doesn't bring that, I'm sure he would also love a Shox Scooter.

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  13. My daughter would like a Razor Go Cart. I would rather give her the Shox Scooter. That would be great.

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  14. My son would love the Scoot and Zoom. He also wants farm toys. Especially tractors.

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  15. My daughter is also 1 and is just on the cusp of walking. I have no idea what to get her for Christmas, so this list has awesome ideas. A Radio Flyer Scoot N'Zoom would be perfect. For me, I'd love a date with Molly Maids - it's the perfect culmination of more time with clean house. - Beth

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  16. On the very top of our list this year is Super Hero Squad Head Quarters. My son is in love with these things. He has about 10 of this little things already. Radio Flyer Scoot N'Zoom would be perfect add to our gifts. :) Maritza

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  17. I would love a spa massage for Christmas this year. Just thinking about it is relaxing me. My daughter would like a pillow pet. I think she would also love the Shox Scooter.

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  18. I tried to post earlier, but had to create a gmail account so this may also be under "anonymous". I have visions of my 2 boys 8 & 10 fighting over the Shox Sccoter! I may have to buy a second one if I win it! Their wish list includes anything that gets them moving, scooters, skateboards & bikes! My wish is for a tropical vacation!

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  19. My granddaughter would love the Scoot N Zoom. She also wants the new Disney 18" dolls that are like American Girl Dolls.

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  20. I would love a massage for Christmas. My daughter would love a pillow pet. I know she would also like the Shox Scooter. She prefers to ride a scooter over a bike. And her current scooter is getting too small for her. The Shox Scooter would be the perfect gift for Christmas.

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  21. My older daughter would love anything Juicy or Pink. My youngest just wants baby dolls. She would also love the Scoot N Zoom.

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  22. I would like a new car for Christmas. My car died and I am waiting to replace it. My 6 year old daughter wants skinny jeans and sparkle shoes for Christmas. I know she would appreciate the Shox Scooter if I won it.

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  23. A cleaning lady would be nice for Christmas. My son wants anything Geo Trax for Christmas. My baby is first starting to talk. So, I am sure soon she will be telling all about what she wants soon enough. Speaking on her behalf, she would love the Scoot N Zoom.

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  24. I am hoping for a job for Christmas. I would also like the Scoot N Zoom if I win. Thank you.

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  25. At the top of my list is a net book computer. My daughter would like a pair of ice skates. She loves playing outside and would also like the Shox Scooter.

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  27. The number one tops on my list is a Keurig! I think I may be one of the last human's on earth to own one. If I won I would choose the Radio Flyer Scoot N'Zoom for my grandson.

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