Okay, let’s move on to Christmas.
I used to laugh at folks who started Christmas shopping so early. That was BK, Before Kids. If there is going to be anything merry about that day, I need to start shopping.
A few items I will be checking out this year:
529 College Savings Plans — If you don’t already have one of these, now is a good time to get one. Parents can set aside money for college either through a pre-paid tuition plan or through a college investment plan. We have college investment plans for Simone and Nadia, and I feel no shame in hitting up grandparents and relatives for a donation at Christmastime. Toys break, and children outgrow clothes. Give the gift that gives for a lifetime.
All things Princess Tiana — Disney’s first black princess will make an appearance under the Christmas tree, whether I like it or not. Disney is releasing its new film, The Princess and the Frog, just before the holiday, and it will be difficult to escape the movie’s pull. There is even a Carol’s Daughter Magical Beauty Collection set that has caught my eye.
Ni Hao, Kai-Lan — In this global economy, it won’t hurt for a child to learn a little Chinese. Or at least play with a doll who speaks Chinese.
All things learning — There is a wealth of new learning devices on the market this year. Leap Frog won me over early, and I am sticking with that brand. Simone is old enough for the hand-held gaming system, and I will research it and see if it’s worth the money this year.
Books, books, books — I will continue to cash in on Simone and Nadia’s excitement for stories. We have one Leap Frog Tag Reading System, and it may just be time to add another to the household.
Piggy Bank — Speaking of learning, Simone and Nadia also should understand the value of money. The Money Savvy Pig piggy bank has four areas: save, spend, donate, and invest. This one has been on my radar for a while and may make a good gift this year.