Series: Vintage Toyshop Mysteries
Author Barbara Early
As others may be busy with their black Friday shopping, I usually put up our Christmas tree.
But if you must shop, don't forget the stocking stuffers! And yes, I have some tips.
As far as stocking stuffers go, I've always been a fan of coal. A kid waking up to coal in their stocking would be extra good afterward, at least for a few days.
But given the going price of coal--and to keep harmony in the home on Christmas morning, it might be a better idea to fill that stocking with a few classics.
Here are my top ten:
1. The yo-yo. Always a classic. Show them your skills and send the kiddos off to their rooms for hours while they try to duplicate your moves and/or untangle the string.
2. Jacks. Two toys in one. Even if the jacks don't catch on, they have a super bouncy ball. Or skip the pointy foot magnet and go for the bouncy ball.
3. The Slinky. What an incredible toy. (Good for a girl and a boy.)
4. The Rubik's Cube. The fidget spinner of a previous generation.
5. Crayons. Or markers. Or paints. Something to get that creative streak going. Is there something that says Christmas more than the smell of a fresh box of Crayolas?
6. Card Games. Anything from Go Fish to Uno. I just have to remember not to buy Liz a box of Old Maid cards. She's at the age where she gets a little touchy.
7. Barrel of Monkeys. Yes, they still make them. The Toy Story movies gave them a boost.
8. Silly Putty. Remember that? Give the kids an egg full and the funny papers and see what they can do. Or Play Doh. Or update for slime.
9. Filler. The old standbys--think of oranges, candy, and socks. Yeah, a step above coal.
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