This week I’ve been trying to decide what to get my 2 daughters–ages 4 and 6–for Christmas. I’m still pondering what to get them, but I already know what won’t be under the tree.
2. Girls’ Legos. Classic Legos are versatile, and pretty gender-neutral. There’s no reason to buy the lame just-for-girls Belville line, with its specialized puppy and pony pieces. These sets lack the versatility that makes Legos such a great toy.
The pink brick box filled with classic Lego bricks is a better choice. We have two pink tubs at my house, but my 8-year-old boy loves Legos, too, and at my house all the pieces just get mixed in together. Now there are pink bricks in the mix.
A caveat: I don’t like the message the pink box sends in the toy store aisle: if pink bricks are for girls, then are the other Legos for boys? That’s not a message I want my daughter to get. I think this issue largely disappears once you get the pink tub out of the toy store aisle and into your home, but it may be worth discussing with your daughter.
3. Disney Princess anything. As you may remember, I am not wild about the whole Disney Princess thing. My daughters haven’t even seen any of the Disney movies–we’ve tried, but they always ask me to turn them off at the first hint of a scary plotline (which means 5 minutes into the movie!) My girls love to play dress up, but I’m uneasy with the not-so-great quality and hyper-aggressive marketing of the Disney Princess lines.
My 4-year-old has requested a “princess kit”, which she informs me consists of a princess crown and a pretty dress. Now that, I can do. But it’s not coming from Disney. I’d think about sewing something myself; dress-up clothes are wonderful handmade gifts because you can get whatever you want and the quality is excellent. But my project quota is full, so I’m eyeing this princess dress-up set from Melissa & Doug.
What about you? What are you not buying your kids for Christmas?
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