Getting gifts from others for my children has been hard. You are always appreciative of the thought, but you still want to stick with your beliefs about simplification and the open endedness of the toys. You want toys or items that will enhance your child's play and free time. Not "things" that will become part of the household clutter.
Recommended by professional artists for those inspiring to do the same. I think T Man will love drawing with these creamy, colored pencils.
So what are you getting your kiddos for the holidays?
What criteria do you look for in gifts?
Do you go with items you know your kids will use and love? OR items your child request (even if you know it will seldom be used)?