Great stuff for a preschooler's Amazon wishlist?
December 11, 2012 7:37 AM Subscribe
Populate my kid's Amazon wishlist: what are some great, sure-to-be-loved games/ toys/ objects/ clothes/ accessories that I can suggest for gifting to a preschool-aged child?
posted by Bardolph to Shopping (28 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
A First World Problem: the needs of my almost-4-year-old daughter are small, but our (awesome!) extended family's holiday gift-giving desires are great. In the past, we've found that having an Amazon wishlist handy has helped us to avoid a December avalanche of stuffed Disney-branded character merchandise and awful attention-span-destroying beeping stuff. But this year, baby B really seems to have... everything. Lots of books, plus multiple great local libraries. Lots of blocks, dress-up stuff, stuffed animal friends. And she doesn't watch TV, so no urgent commercial-generated requests from the toddler herself.
I'm all out of ideas for stuff to put on her wishlist this year; and yet I know that if I don't make suggestions, it's back to the LeapFrog beepies and Bratz dolls for us. (Alternative plans, like skipping the gifts/donating to charity/donating to a college fund, have been suggested in previous years without luck, and relatives would be horribly hurt if we tried accepting and then regifting or donating their presents). So I'm wondering, HiveMind: does anyone have any ideas for useful and/or cool gift suggestions I can make? Doesn't necessarily need to be toys or games; ideas for interesting or useful around-the-house stuff are also welcome. Preferably NOT skewed toward electronics and screens, or Princessy/ballerina/fairy items, as the extended family has those angles amply covered already.
Additional specifics: she's really into dress-up, music (classical/choral/G&S especially), the human body, and dancing; we'd like to get her a bit more into science/nature and math. But really, anything cool would be great!)
Lastly, I am SO AWARE of how horrible and entitled-sounding all this sounds, on some level; we really have tried our hardest, in previous years, to get out of the whole commercialized holiday cycle entirely, but at this point we're exhausted enough to opt for making the best of a bad situation.