Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Have a Cozy Christmas!


By: Jaymie Leighton Muller
Title: Leave It to Cleaver
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
My website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
Facebook: Author Victoria Hamilton
Twitter: @MysteryVictoria

This is new, this feeling; I'm shopping for Christmas for a little girl - Jocie, my step daughter - and it's all so new to me, joyful and yet terrifying. I'm not quite sure I know how to handle it. My older sister, Becca, never had children so I didn't even have nieces and nephews to practice on.

So... do I spoil her rotten like I want to? Everything she sees and likes
on television, my instinct is to run out and buy it. I don't want to see a sad face on Christmas day, and I well remember the Christmas I didn't get the Lil Miss Makeup doll I wanted. I don't remember what I did get, but now I can see why my mother wouldn't have gotten me that doll. Talk about the wrong message for a five year old... makeup on a toddler doll??

But Jocie wants a Finger Baby Monkey that's twenty dollars. Twenty dollars for a glorified finger puppet! But she reeeeally wants it! It's hard to resist that adorable face and pleading eyes; Jakob is leaving it up to me this year. He tells me she'll be just fine if she doesn't get it, and I want to believe him. I could be sneaky and farm that gift out to my mom and dad, who are completely in love with Jocie and would be happy to buy it for her, but then I run the risk of my folks getting her the gift she loves the best this Christmas.

I recently came across a gift giving philosophy for children that I really like. It's a rhyme, and goes like this: "Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read." I love that idea, and Jakob is on board.

So, World Wide Web folk... what do you think? Give kids exactly what they want, or try to choose what you believe is best for them? I'll admit I'm confused.






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Season's Readings Giveaway!

How about some gifts for YOU for Christmas?? You can sip your Christmas cocoa (or coffee, or tea) from this Have A Cozy Christmas! mug and use the cool skull teaspoon to stir it up! All while you're reading Leave It to Cleaver! ((Click on the pic to see the prizes up close!!))

So... Tell Jaymie your thoughts on a gift for Jocie in your comment.

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102 comments:

  1. I am not sure but how about some nice mugs! I love mugs
    Debby debby236 at gmail dot com

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  2. I really like the "Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read." idea.
    If the gift Jocie wants is a little too expensive and Jaymie's parents could get it, who cares about who gave it to her. It's not really in keeping with the spirit of Christmas to compete over who gives the best gift.

    harbingerdc(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I collect toys and books for the children who have very little, anything I get I will give rstephen8103@sbcglobal.net

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  4. This year and every year here’s my gift giving theory! It works for every one. I get one thing they need, one thing they want, and a specified amount of money, however, they must use half of the money given for someone else. So if it,s $100, they must spend $50 on someone else. Last year, she spent $50 on lotions and toothpaste for the nursing home patients. One year it was socks for the troops, there is always an element of giving to those who need it.

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  5. Love your gift philosophy. I’ve always said give a gift for the mind and for the body ( body and soul). So a good book a cool mug with a favorite holiday beverage
    vernagass@gmail.com

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  6. I like the 4 gifts of Christmas idea. It was a big hit on Facebook the last few years. Christmas spirit has gotten away from us. A lot of people I know followed it because Christmas has gotten out of control. Jocie presents would follow under that gift giving rule. Give from your heart not your wallet. pammc008@gmail.com

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  7. Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for this chance! One Christmas I bought a gift for my friend's son that she told me he wanted and would love. Suffice it to say, he was very disappointed and so was I. I think if they want something that is reasonable, I get it for them. I also give books because books are wonderful! areewekidding(at)yahoo.com

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  8. I try to give my kids a little of what they want, with in reason. I usually get them 4 gifts each, plus a pair of pjs each. Christmas has become all about money and sometimes it makes me very sad but I know my kids enjoy their gifts and that makes me happy.
    moonbay7399(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Normally I leave the gift that my child really really wants to come from Santa. Then I will get a few small things that was wanted. The rest Ian always wearable or readable.

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  10. I don’t have children so it’s sometimes hard to know exactly what to get. I try to buy something that the child wants. cking78503 (at) aol (dot) com

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  11. I very rarely buy toys for my kids so at christmas i do buy that one crazy gift they desperately want . If i can find coupons or kohls cash lol. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas !!!

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  12. At Christmas I'd give what they want as Santa never disappoints. mlarkin(at)rmrgroup(dot)com

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  13. I experienced that same delimma as a step-mom, and I really don't think there is a wrong decision. If she wants it, and it makes you happy to get it for her, then follow your heart.
    Gloria. browninggloria (at) hotmail(dot) com

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  14. The "Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read." is a good one. You give them what they want too often you are going to end up with little respect, out of control little brats and no end of troubles. Being sensible is not always easy. but it is the right thing to do. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  15. The poem is something I always tried to remember when my girls were growing up. So, getting the puppet would be fine!
    Debbie-debprice60@gmail.com

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  16. I have 2 Grandsons. I always buy them something to read because whenever I stay at there house they always want me to read to them. I shop all year round so as I see something they like I will buy it. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  17. What do we do? We're grandma's. So we ask the parents' what we are allowed to buy or what is on the list of approved gifts. Of course when grandson #2 was young and the father had been our Royal Pain as a child, we got even. We bought loud toys and tool sets. I was stopped from buying him a beginner drum kit (I played drums in high school and later in a club).

    So if you're stuck just ask around from friends with kids and maybe they'l learn ya somethin'

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  18. I buy suitable gifts for my 4 grandchildren, books and educational toys which are unique and enjoyable. I buy all year round for the little ones. Anne. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. My daughter want a Christmas mug every year, so I have to say mugs
    Penney
    penneyw(at)sbcglobal.net

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  21. We try to go along with the "something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read" idea. I think part of the magic of Christmas is getting something you want and so excited to see if you get it. We also like to give board games that the entire family can enjoy. Debbie(dot)Erickson14 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  22. Buy what you can afford it is the thought that counts!!! I think a nice outfit and a book would be just right!!!
    Christina
    ladytina66@msn.com

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  23. Wonderful post which is wise and thoughtful. Always books, clothes for the season and games that tease the brain. Ellie. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  24. I don't know much about gifts for children. Others have good ideas. I would try to give something she wants which also shows meaning of the holiday and concern for others. Janngrogan@yahoo.com thanks

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  25. I like the something for me idea. I always give gifts that are useful, wanted, but not a ridiculous waste of money. Sometimes I stress out with all the thought that goes into the process. Happy Holidays! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

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  26. If the puppet is something she wants for a long time - I'd say it could be her "something she wants" :) after all - you can spend less on a toy she MIGHT like or might not, nothing wrong with getting ONE thing she really really wants :) fun post!
    Wonderful giveaway! :D em.milka(at)hotmail.com

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  27. I think you should get her the monkey. She'll enjoy it! And some books. lkleback at hotmail.com

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  28. Once the kids get to school age we start giving them either gift cards or cash so they can start learning to manage money. None of them has ever complained about having money to spend.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  29. As long as what the child wants isn't prohibitively expensive or totally age in appropriate, I say get it for them.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  30. a journal is always welcome depending on age. a nice bracelet.
    Robyn L yourstrulee(at)SaskTel(dot)net.

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  31. Actually, I'd kinda like a finger baby monkey myself! bobwiesmann (at) gmail (dot) com

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  32. I'm 83 and my mom started in January suggesting what I wanted so she could get a doll on sale and the sew for it all year. My DIL knows what her 3 boys need and want and I do the special things.I think every child should get one thing they really want.Glad Jakob is on board with the four things idea. RUTH NIXON ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net .

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  33. Thanks for chance! What a wonderful joy Jocie will bring into your life������. My thoughts are this, if what she wants will encourage imagination to play in some way, I say get that toy. The finger baby monkey will do that. Books are great if you read with them at this age. You can never go wrong with gifts. Christmas is magical so we always felt like the presents should also reflect that. Like a magazine subscription for her age group that she gets once a month all year long. Something special like a fun top or shoes (something useful) something she needs ( Christmas pajamas). Have fun Jaymie����

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  34. My thought be be to buy Jocie maybe one something she really wants and maybe something special to wear maybe in her favorite color or with her favorite character on it. Then I'd suggest maybe a little baking set or maybe even just some fun cookie cutters that would be all hers with a promise to do some baking together. That way you both win - she gets a special gift from you and you get the gift of spending quality time with a very special little one making it a family tradition. :)
    Kay at 2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  35. I like your rhyme. My kids always knew I would probably say yes to any book.
    It's so hard to resist their pleading eyes. It's up to the adults to impose some sense. But what fun is that?!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  36. Buy her the monkey for sure! I always got what my kids wanted even on black Friday! She should get what she really wants. Donamae donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  37. We always tried to get something they really wanted. Also love the idea that the puppet will encourage imagination. Enjoy the season and follow your heart.Candykennedy45@gmail.com

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  38. I get a list of things my niece wants and choose what I can afford, so that’s what I say do choose what can be afforded. Alisha
    tiggercat24alisha@yahoo.com

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  39. In my family it was clothes and books but what I always wanted was books. And likely something stuffed. And a small something you could eat usually chocolate. I never remember being really disappointed when I did not get something. And if I wanted something like a puppet I would get it or a hand made one. Mom and Dad wanted me to make my own entertainment I say hand made because either it would be to expensive or poorly made.

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  40. I have one child - a daughter - and she's amazing, giving and loving all year long. She's pretty spoiled when it comes to things but we believe birthdays and Christmas are special times. I'd get her the finger puppet. If you stick the philosophy, it's her one want thing. :)
    -Amanda- awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  41. I was going to suggest that gift rhyme! I like getting kids what they want most, though, in general.

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  42. Forgot email--it's legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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  43. I see no reason not to get a kid something they really want even if it's weird and impractical for Christmas. As long as they are not spoiled rotten the rest of the year.
    I basically did the rhyme thing for my kids, but I had no money so no choice. I would get some little things too. I used to wrap everything to look like more. A toothbrush in the stocking, individual matchbox cars, things like that. I did NOT wrap individual crayons as my kids joke sometimes. ��
    penmettert@gmail.com

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    1. I forgot to say, the big gift was from Santa. Santa tries to get what you REALLY want. Sometimes he can't, but he tries. 😉

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  44. I would probably get her the monkey since she really wants it and it's not a large amount of money. I do like the gift philosophy - especially something to read. Maybe something you enjoyed at her age or a book you loved would be a good idea then you could tell her how much you enjoyed it. hannah03 at bellsouth dot net

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  45. I have six daughters so do go by the rule of something they want and something they need. jcook22@yahoo.com

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  46. Honestly I get my kids to make a list and we pick from there. Some go in their stockings from Santa, some are from each of them and some from us.
    Cozieslover77@gmail.com

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  47. I would get the toy she wanted I think, unless she was getting loaded down with everyone else's gifts to the point she wouldn't even notice it. Then I would get her something that she could be creative with such as markers, or little crafts to do later on as time went on. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  48. I think it's nice to give a child or a family member something they really want, just to see the joy on their face when they open their gift. Thanks for the great giveaway. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  49. I think if Jaymie follows the philosophy she heard about: something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read, that she cannot go wrong (and Jocie would get the monkey finger puppet!

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  51. As a mom of 8, we followed the rule:
    •Something you want (Santa gift)
    •Something you need- Something to wear (a more expensive name brand that we normally wouldn't buy- it is a treat after all!)
    •Something to read- ALWAYS!
    This has been the way we have done it for the last 29 years. Christmas day takes us an EXTREMELY long time because it's:
    One stocking at a time (we watch them take everything out)
    ~then~
    One gift at a time while everyone watches & enjoys sharing our Christmas Fortune!
    Happy Holidays!
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. My Mom was a widow with three little kids living in poverty. We were allowed to make a list of 5 things and understood only one would be chosen. Then we got a book and some clothing of PJ's or socks and our favorite candy. It was always exciting to wait to see what was chosen! We loved getting books. abeachlifesc at yahoo dot com

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  53. Ooh, I like that rhyme. If it were me, I would get the finger monkey, because it sounds like she really wants it and I would hate to see the disappointment in her eyes. mbradeen@yahoo.com

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  54. Love this idea (especially the something to read of course), thanks for the chance. northmanor at midco dot net.

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  55. My daughters are allowed to list their top 2 gift requests, followed by ideas of things they need, things they would like to wear, things they would like to read, and finally, a space for any extras that are just 'wants'. They know they won't get everything on their list, but it's a nice blueprint for us to use when shopping. Though we still tend to buy things we think they will like/need even if it's something not listed.

    brookeb811 [at] gmail[dot]com

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  56. I think you should get kids want they want within reason.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. It's hard to chose, but I think experiences are the best of both worlds. A gift certificate to a play zone area or bouncy house or zoo or museum can be fun for all. anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  59. We decided to do a special thing with our daughters as their main present. We bought Disney On Ice tickets which thru will get in a gift with new pajamas and slippers, it's not terribly expensive, but it's a fun time as a family to make a memory together on top of a needed item.
    sweetest1337 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  60. With Hanukkah and Christmas in our home, we changed the gift giving tradition. Mom and Dad give one night, each child gives one night, grandma and grandpa give one night. The last three we pick charities and donate. cheers at marjimManor dot com

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  61. A book to read and cherish is so important! Thanks for a chance to win. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  62. I have always tried to get the kids and now grandkids at least one thing that they really, really wanted. dr(dot)oldsmobileaticloud(dot)com

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  63. I think if you go by the poem. The sock monkey would be something she wants. Thanks for the chance. im2early4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Go for the sock monkey and let her have it. As she gets older you can reason with her better but I remember how magical things were when I was little.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  65. I like the 4 gift idea, especially getting a book. I always got books for Christmas and loved them. When I go to antique shops I can sometimes find some golden books in nice condition so I buy them for my granddaughters. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

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  66. I do not have kids, but have plenty of nieces and nephews, I always get each one of them a book at Christmas. I know kids always want the newest thing, but if you really want to get it for her then do it. I know that probably is not any help. Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Thanksgiving.
    patti(dot)s(@comcast(dot)net
    patti.s@comcast.net

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  67. My children are grown and my grandson is still a baby, soi I don't know much about today's toys, but I can share a lesson I learned years ago. Take a good look at that "really wanted" toy. Will it last through months of constant play or fall apart quickly? Base your toy choices on quality. And get loits of books! Plus, get something you lived as a child, and share your memories. Something simple like Silly Putty, Etch A Sketch, coloring books and crayons. Most important, get down in the floor and play!

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  68. My nieces and nephews always receive a book for Christmas in addition to something they really want.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  69. My kids are adults now but when they were little, we got them a toy or two but always got them books for Yule. We never bought expensive gifts and we didn't do Santa. If they grandparents wanted to get them a bigger toy, then that was okay as long as they didn't buy out the store.
    I think if the grandparents want to get her the more expensive toy, that's fine. Don't worry about them getting her the toy she wants. There really is no contest at holiday time. We should be teaching our kids there is more to the holiday season than getting gifts.
    Margaret, scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. It depends on what the kid wants and how much it costs. a $20 Finger Monkey Baby-fairly reasonable. I say get it for her, along with books. But don't spoil the kid and run out and get everything she wants!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  71. It is so hard to choose something because there are so many fun toys out there.
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  72. I suggest a book for her and taking her to find a book to give to someone else.. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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  73. Books are never a bad gift, especially if it gives you an opportunity to read it to her. Not sure about finger monkey...sounds like cute for a nanosecond and then relegated to the forgotten toy pile. Kuzlin at aol.com

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  74. In today's world twenty dollars isn't a lot, my rule is one gift they want and all others what they neec

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  75. I would recommend filling a mason jar with cookie mix or banana bread or anything that you can bake. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. I always try to get something the child wants as long as it's within my budget. Of course, I don't want to spend money on something they don't want, and the kids in my life always get books to go with the other presents. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  77. Sounds about right, the rhyme that is. I would love to win this since I keep forgetting to buy the book and have to read it soon!! kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  78. I agree with your RHYME, too. Perfect! Your books sound great, and since I have never had children, I don't believe in buying them everything they want. Reading is what I started doing since I was 5 years old and now at 61 years old, I STILL love it!I have Hodgkins Lymphoma and would love the chance to win, and after I finish my books, I leave them at the Infusion Suite in the Hospital for other ladies to enjoy. Patty pc1977(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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  79. Books and toys to a local charity for underprivileged children.

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  80. I like the rhyme as well, getting them something they really want is great (without going over-board), something they need, and I love the idea of something to read, especially to teach the joy of reading. fuades3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  81. I always try and get my grandbabies an amazing book to read or be read to them and with an amazing story...

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  82. Even though I didn't have your rhyme to follow, I usually chose one toy that was from their list, something they needed clothes-wise and a book or some type of craft item they could do to improve hand/eye coordination and attention span. Starting at your step-daughter's age it is important to strengthen those skills and especially reading. For my daughter I always chose a new Bernstein Bear book and she still has her backpack full of them at the age of 31. My son loved anything that had counting in it. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. I'm like you. I want my kids to be happy and thus, I use to go crazy at Christmas. I started the "Wise Men Gift Rule". Three presents and one from Santa, since I couldn't resist. But I really like the rhyme method. I'm going to have to remember it. I say go with the rhyme method.

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  84. I forgot to include my email address. Sorry. kvmatlock (at) Gmail (dot) com

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  85. I buy my grandkids the toys they want as long as they're not too expensive.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  86. Do you knit or weave? How about something you can do together, such as making things for each other or for charity? Simple looms (potholder?) for you both, or a beginner's knitting kit.

    teabird17 **at** yahoo *dot* com

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  87. Giving kids a couple things or one major thing they want (providing it doesn't break the bank lol) will result in priceless reactions when they open their gifts not to mention tons of photo opps to fill your phone with your child's adorable face! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. We always enjoyed getting games that the 4 of us kids could play together. Books were a must have & something to challenge us like a microscope, lab kit, erector set, etc. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  89. Mary Lynette MillerNovember 22, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    We tried to get our boys one or two wants and by Christmas they were usually ready for new clothes for school. Grandparents got them other stuff. nettiem(at)toledotel(dot)com

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  90. I suspect that at that age, you need to consider if it's a chocking hazard.Up to at least 3 years old, you should keep that in mind also. Maybe something a little bigger but still small enough to fit her small hands. When they get tired, just about everything ends up on or in the mouth. Just because you haven't seen her do it, doesn't mean she doesn't. So many things to choose from now.It's been interesting buying things for our grandchildren. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com.

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  91. Dolls, Doll House & games are always good choices for girls. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  92. I think the rhyme is a good guideline to go by. My plan would be figure out overall how much you can/will spend on presents and then go by the rhyme. If you've covered the rhyme and haven't spent the entire amount you've allotted, then maybe splurge a little in one area or another. Anything else can potentially be covered by other gift givers. But truthfully, if it were me, I wouldn't be doing the puppet. Just because I don't think it will hold her attention for too long. Go for something that will challenge her mind/imagination/creativity like the puppet would, but more likely to be long used. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  93. Hi. I would give the nutcracker movie version and t he pop up card of the play. Even the youngest little people love it. I just had the neighbor girl who is 4 years old ask if I could go to nutcracker play with her. thank you for the giveaway. Georgia
    queenvictoria (50) @ (aol).com

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  94. Wow, there is so much stuff out these days that kids want...but spoiling her rotten won't make her better in the long run. Easy for me to say after having no children! But my husband gives our grandchildren cash when a little older and their mom helps make the better decision (and can combine other cash they receive) if necessary. When they are younger, it is more fun for them to tear into packages (and more fun for us to watch!) jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

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  95. I love the 4 gifts idea, but also show her that Christmas is about giving, and help her donate items to Toys for Tots or a pet rescue. Kkcochran at hotmail dot com

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  96. Sounds like a good gift from Santa. Christmas is about the magic and there are many ways to do this. Just remember to start out as you want to continue.

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  97. when we were little we each go 1 gift from santa and then things (ie socks etc) from our parents as there are 6 of us kids and daddy worked 2 jobs and went to night school. well then when my kids were little, they as well got 1 something special they wanted from santa and then necessities and an inscribed book, with all my love, from me, as i was divorced, working 2 jobs. i think the monkey puppet from santa and then a couple of special items from the step-mom..something she's asked for or has seen on tv and a special book with the stpm's love written on the inside. nani_geplcs@yahoo.com

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  98. Thank you all so very much for offering your suggestions! Speaking for Jaymie, I know her concerns were not for the cost of the gift, which was relatively low, but if the little monkey finger puppet would actually bring her enjoyment enough to be a special gift! Perhaps as the writer (!!) I am remembering back to my own childhood when I DESPERATELY wanted the Barrel of Monkeys game, and when my mother did cave in (which she never ordinarily did) it turned out the game was a silly dud! Happy Holidays all... and thank you for entering! I have chosen the winner and will email them!

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