Dudes, my tiny smooshy baby is turning three! Unfortunately, I have absolutely NO idea what to get her for presents.
She isn’t the type of kid who doesn’t care about stuff or presents, so don’t be one of those people to tell me it doesn’t matter what I get her and she won’t care or notice. I WILL CARE SLASH NOTICE AND SO WILL SHE. (AHEM ERIK). Actually, I don’t think she’d notice if we didn’t get her anything on her birthday (although how sad is that) but she is definitely PRO opening presents and she will oooh and ahhhh over things she likes.
Part of the problem is that we just went through a massive toy clean out, so I am reluctant to add a bunch of junk that no one will play with to the piles of junk I just got rid of at Goodwill.
The other part of the problem is that she’s still sort of…she likes everything, but also very specific things. Mostly she likes animals. She’s obsessed with My Little Ponies, she really likes Diego, and she does enjoy girly things like dresses and poofy skirts more than Eli, for example. But mostly she LOVES animals. She will look at a book about snakes for hours and hours. She will choose to play ponies over any other thing.
My first idea is that even though she probably won’t really get that this is a present is that on her birthday we will take her to the zoo and this will count as a present. I bet she loves that.
So that’s idea number one: The Hated Zoo Trip.
Idea Number Two: I already bought this dress, even though it’s a little high on my frippery scale, because we spent two hours in the mall last Thursday and this was the thing that made her stop in front of the window and say “OOOOOOOOOOH”. I defy you not to buy the thing that makes your smooshy curly haired baby girl stop dead, pause, and gasp in front of it.
Other things I am debating:
This Princess Celestia Doll.
Now I think we can all agree that no My Little Pony Collection is complete sans Princess Celestia, but the problem with this is that this is the “Promised Huge Thing You Can Get If You Pee On the Potty” and I don’t know what to do about that if I give it to her for her birthday. Make no mistake though, she would LOVE this.
I have also been eyeing this horse barn thing, because I’m wondering if she could use to carry around her ponies. She does seem to love a good horse. Fyi, we already had the Melissa and Doug Folding Up Barn and we gave it away because no one gave two shits about it in this house. It’s sort of boring though. It’s no Princess Celestia.
Then I am wondering if she’d like a Cozy Coupe.
I’ve always wanted to buy one of these (maybe “I” want a Cozy Coupe) but we have a large selection of ride-on crap that no one rides on, and I don’t want to add a giant pink piece of plastic to it. However I like the appeal of being all “LOOK AT YOUR BIG PINK PRESENT OOOOOH!” but you know. She might never use it after that. So I’m waffling. (We have a tricycle. No one rides it.)
The last idea I have is this Cinderella doll and carriage. It appears to be plastic junk, it’s probably going to ruin my child’s life by giving her some kind of weird princess complex, and yet every time she sees the commercial for it, she asks to watch it over and over again. Hmmmmm.
So these are my terrible ideas of what to buy a three year old for her birthday. Anyone have any better ones? We have art supplies up the wazoo. We do not need books, we can barely contain the ones we have. I am not buying any more stuffed animals. She has a doll house, she has baby dolls, she has play food, we have wooden blocks, she had a toy kitchen that she never played with, she has tons of dress up clothes, she has a water table, we have loads of train tracks, god these kids are spoiled.
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