I’ve been flagging catalogs and making lists and flagging more catalogs and surfing the web and making more lists and I finally have narrowed down, what I think is a great line-up of fun and meaningful gift ideas–for each day until the 12th. Now, I believe (technically speaking) that the 12 Days of Christmas begins on the 13th (as in 13+12=25) but that won’t give us enough time — so, I say we start today.
Christmas (at least the secular celebration led by the jolly old man) is for kids and the kid in all of us. This is why I’m dedicating Day 1 to a selection of cool toys from a great catalog (Back to Basics Toys) that specializes in the classics (in other words, the toys from our childhood) and other quality toys. Their tagline is "they do make them like they used to" and I found myself nearly overcome with Christmas morning memories as I thumbed through the pages.
Here are a few of my favorites (that I didn’t purchase — can’t show you those, for obvious reasons)
First introduced in 1886 and sold in the famous Sheperd’s Hardware Store. You put the coin in Sam’s hand and push the button, then watch the bag open and the coin drop. Way cool.
2. The "Original’ Brio Labyrinth
I got mine in the 6th grade and I was class champion too — only we called in Space Tilt. I’ve got to ask my mom if she knows where mine is — great, challenging fun.
3. Bozo Bop Bag
These first appeared in the 1960s and I’m convinced every home has had at least one over the years. This guy definitely falls in the "fun, while it lasts" catagory, but they are so eye-catching unwrapped and waiting by the tree when the kids enter the room — totally worth 15 bucks in my book.
4. Wood Puzzles and Storage/Display Case
I really do think these puzzles are timeless — for as many times as I’ve purged and reorganized our toys and toy closets and toy rooms over the years. Ours have survived and continue to be played with. I’m loving this storage case (think seriously about purchasing it!)
5. and last, but certainly not least on my top five toy picks …
The Snoopy Snow Cone Maker
Right up there with the Easy Bake Oven for all-time favorites. How can you go wrong for twenty bucks, with an endless supply of ice and inexpensive, readily available Kool-Aid packets??
I just can’t think of a better kid-gift — no way.
To help me kick off my list, post your favorite Christmas kid-toy memory. Something you would buy out of pure nostalgia — something you wanted more than anything else, something you got and treasured — what is it. Tell me. If you happen to pick mine, I’ll send YOU happy mail.