A few years ago Santa brought the girls the Barbie Diamond Castle and a Barbie Jammin' Jeep for Christmas. I'll never forget the looks on their faces when they walked downstairs and saw that jeep in the living room!
Another look at the Barbie Diamond Castle. I found this on Amazon but they have it listed as over $600. What!? We certainly didn't pay that for it (they probably aren't making it anymore) so look around and if you can't find it cheaper (much cheaper!) then go for our other favorite doll house which is the Barbie Pink Three Story Dream Townhouse. Ellie calls it the "Barbie Hotel Home Escalator" and that's exactly how she wrote it on her Christmas list for Santa last year. :) This doll house is really fun. It has an elevator, the TV pops up, the fire crackles, it sounds like Barbie is singing in the shower. I would have LOVED something like this when I was little! Who am I kidding. I love it now!!
Since we're on the subject of doll houses, this is a great one if you are buying for little girls (ages 2 and up). It's the Fisher Price My First Doll House and it's just the cutest little thing. Comes with a mom, dad, and baby. My girls have played so much with this. It's still one of their favorite doll houses and they've had it for years! It's just the right size for all of their little Polly Pockets and Disney figurines.
Princess Celestia will be popping up Christmas morning this year!)
Lucky Ducks (Kole is especially loving this one right now)
Let's Go Fishin'
Hungry Hippos (what a classic - only played when Kole isn't around - those marbles make me nervous!)
Candy Land (another classic must have)
Pretty Pretty Princess (the pieces to this game drive me nuts, but my girls LOVE it. They play it all the time. Amazon has the price high but I bet you can find it at Target for much cheaper!)
When Ellie was a baby Kenny's cute mom bought me this Little Tikes Swing Along Castle for the backyard. All three of my kids have loved this. Many hours have been spent climbing and sliding on this toy. Perfect for a 1-2 year old.
Or a 2-7 year old. :)
My mom just bought these Plasma Cars for the grandkids and they have been a HUGE hit. My girls LOVE zipping around on these things! I'm tempted to get some to keep here at our house because my kids have so much fun on them.
Disney Princess Teapot set I bought years ago but I've been surprised how much my girls have played with it! Nothing like a spot of tea. Cheers!
American Girl dolls. Although, I have to say that my girls play with their less expensive Target dolls just as much.
Unfortunately so does their brother.
Doll clothes are something my girls love to see on Christmas morning.
You can't go wrong with Disney Princess figurines.
Another favorite for the little ones! We bought this for Ellie's first Christmas (that's her on the left) and all three of my kids have adored this toy. I can't say enough about it! It's the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Learning Home and it is THE BEST toy out there for 1-3 year olds. In my humble opinion. :) It has two different modes (learning and music). If you have the music on, everything makes music. If you have the learning mode on, it's all about numbers and letters and learning. It makes darling sounds and my kids love climbing on it and through the door. It has kept all three of my kids entertained for hours. Saving this one for the grandkids. I really love it that much!
The Big Hungry Bear
The Fancy Nancy Books
The Empty Pot (a darling story about honesty)
Tops and Bottoms
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (and the rest of that series)
Junie B. Jones (series - Ellie is reading them all for the second time now.)
Ramona Quimby (series - My favorites growing up. I can't wait for my girls to read them!)
Little House on the Prairie (series)
Two of my favorite books for really little ones are The Wheels on the Bus Pop Up Book and Good Morning Good Night (so cute for bedtime). These are both darling! You just have to wait until your little one is old enough to not tear the book up. Kole is obviously not there yet. :)
Nothing like a man with a broom. :)
A few more toys my little man loves:
Tickle Me Elmo's were given to the girls two different years for gifts and now Kole is loving them. They sing, flip, fall down and say "Oops! Can you help Elmo up please!? We definitely got our money's worth out of these two!
Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Learning Workbench that makes all sorts of sounds and music when you hammer the toys.
This was a hit last year for Christmas! My mom bought my girls the Barbie Camper and they have had a ball with it.
Movies are another thing I tend to splurge on. These are just a few. Our collection is really quite ridiculous, but I'm basically buying my sanity with these babies and haven't regretted these purchases one bit! What to recommend? Everything Disney, Barbie, (Barbie Diamond Castle and Princess and the Pauper are my two favorites) and Strawberry Shortcake for my girls. The new Barbie Princess Charm School will be a stocking stuffer this year and right now my girls are loving A Barbie Christmas Story and Barbies Christmas Carol. We own every Barbie movie that has come out and some are better than others so if you are thinking of buying one ask me in the comments and I'll tell you which ones are worth it! (I know - it's a bit of a Barbie obsession we have. Kenny and I like them as much as the girls!) Kole loves The Wiggles, Micky Mouse Clubhouse, and Mommy and Me Playgroup Favorites.
And last but certainly not least, I can't forget the Pillow Pets. When my mom bought these for my girls I figured they would play with them once or twice and then I'd just be storing them forever. Not so! My girls love these! They lay on them as pillows and then make them back into pets and have endless fun. They play with them during the day and then their dolls always sleep on them at night.
So there you go! I hope that gave some of you an idea or two! A lot of toys have passed through this house and the ones I shared really are our favorites. Happy shopping! And just remember, if you still don't know what to buy your kids this year...
Never underestimate a simple clothes hamper.