Disclaimer: This post with tips on holiday shopping when your kids dream big is brought to you by Mastermind Toys. The opinions and ideas are my own, but I am receiving in-kind payment for sharing them with you.
Christmas shopping season is in full force! How do you keep calm and within budget when the kids start dreaming big? Here are a few tips to make the shopping process less stressful – on your AND your bank account!
- Focus your children on one store at which you want to shop.
A simple trick to keep yourself from running all over town – pay attention to the mail coming into the house and limit how many flyers and catalogues the kids see! Pick one gift guide you want them to enjoy and make a big deal about bringing it home and looking through it together.
The Mastermind Toys’ Holiday Gift Guide is available in stores now. Stop by and pick up a copy! Break out the cozy PJs, heat up some cocoa, and start a tradition of browsing through the guide as a family.
- Use Mastermind Toys’ Gift Finder Tool to help you find inspiration based on age and interest.
Be prepared: check out the toys online BEFORE handing over the Gift Guide to the kids! The Mastermind Toys’ Holiday Gift Guide is online now; take a peek. I really enjoy the way it’s filtered: you can choose an age, a category (like active play, make-believe & music, or toppers & stuffers), and then popular with all kids, boys, or girls.
You also can set a budget for each search – a very handy tool if you’re looking online with the kids and want to keep them focused on choices that fall within your limits! (You can also click ‘add to cart’ right then, or use the ‘add to gift list’ option to build an online list.)
- Let the kids dream big with Mastermind Toys’ Holiday Gift Guide!
Indulge the fun! Make time to browse the pages and just let the kids dream. It can be hard to watch those little eyes dancing with excitement, breathlessly talking about how much they LOVE a gift you know just won’t happen in your home this year. But there’s a lot of magic in those moments of dreaming. You can hold off reminding them of reality for a few moments – and I’ve got a tip for trying to quietly nudge them towards what’s within your budget.
- Make a list TOGETHER.
I’m all for having the kids write or draw their own list – or even cut the photos out, if possible – but I still like to be involved, watching over their shoulder and talking about the options. You can ask what it is about certain toys that catches their attention: do they really want that super-expensive robotic unicorn, or are they just dreaming about any unicorn under the tree?
Another tactic is to get the kids to rank the items on a certain page, say, one with a toy you were thinking would be a good choice for them. Make sure YOU rank the toys, too. You can each use a different colour to mark your choices, then talk through them. Maybe you can sway them to seeing your point of view, without having to shoot down their choices.
- Visit the Toy Experts at Mastermind Toys!
Bring your list to the store and reduce your stress again by asking for help. Staff can quickly find the items you’re looking for, help with any information you need to make decisions between potential purchases, and you can even get the gifts wrapped then and there!
Know exactly what you need and don’t want to add a trip to the store? You can always shop online, too!
PS: Don’t forget batteries, if needed, and if you have little ones who aren’t going to like waiting for things to come out of the packaging or be assembled, consider cutting the ties holding toys in place before wrapping.
That’s it – a few simple ways to let the kids dream big without breaking the bank or sending you into a panic! Thanks to everyone who shared their family traditions around wish lists and shopping tips. Congratulations to the winner of a $150 Mastermind Toys Gift Card!