If your looking for last-minute shopping items, let's face it, an electric heater or dehumidifier isn't going to be a great choice this late in the game. Even with expedited shipping, with two days before Christmas, this purchase might be best saved for the recipient's next birthday. However, if you're looking for gifts for a little family member that you won't likely see until after the holidays, there's still time to get a great toy.
For example, I bought Melissa and Doug Wooden Dinosaur Magnets today for a grandnephew of mine. I know it sounds silly, but with so much going on, I almost left the little tyke off the list. But, Santa saved the day, providing me with inspiration when I was searching online.
When comparison shopping at some of my favorite websites, I found these big wooden dinosaur cutouts and thought they'd make a great gift. With 20 magnets in bright colors, they can enrich his imagination, and maybe inspire him to learn more about dinosaurs. After all, a classic toy should pique the curiosity of the child, and give him the frame of mind to seek out excitement in other areas.
When I was 5 years old, I remember I got a wooden pirate ship complete with figurines. I'm sure my Mom wasn't happy, as I talked about nothing but swashbuckling for the next few months. Sure, I read "Treasure Island", dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, had a pirate name, but it was all in good fun. (Though, I'm sure my Mom is glad I didn't turn into a pirate.)
Either way, this brings back fond memories of how the right toy can really spur the imagination and make a difference. I may not be a pirate, but my lake boat might not be here without this initial whiff of the high seas.
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