This may feel early, but if you have a baby you’re going to be asked about a holiday list sooner rather than later. I think we all understand that babies don’t want or really need anything for Christmas, but I totally get that people really want to make the first one special.
The challenge is finding stuff that lets people express their generosity while actually being useful and that ain’t always easy. Let me tell you, my older son was around 10 months old for his first Christmas and he had two sets of grandparents, two aunts, three uncles and a set of great-grandparents all chomping at the bit to buy him his first Christmas presents. If left unchecked, my grandmother would have come down trumpeting on a sled full of gifts like the final scenes of the Grinch that Stole Christmas.
Just like their brilliant baby registry, you can create a gift list for your child from anything you can find online. So not only can you add great toys; you can add zoo memberships, swimming lessons, charity donations, and anything else you can think of that would make for a great gift.
That means you can make Christmas lists, birthday lists, clothing lists, or any other list you can think of for everyone in your family. Plus, you can add clothing sizes, shoe sizes, tastes and preferences so you can subtly tell your sister not to by anymore crafts with glitter in them.
Personally, I think the best feature is that you can easily add things as you think of them. I will see something in June and think, “that would make a great gift for mom to give the boys” but then I promptly forget and come up short come list-making time. With Little List, you can just click the “Add to LittleList” and it adds it with one click. People can easily access it, reserve stuff (I think we could all do without 5 Elmos) share it and shop it, without any confusion.
They've even created a free app to make it that much easier!
So I put my own list together of great gifts for kids under one (and my fake baby, Flick.) It was a little tricky because shopping for a two-week old is different from shopping for an 11-month old but I tried to make it fairly universal.
Here is my criteria:
- gifts that have great play value – so it's not ditched by dinnertime
- gifts that have a long play life and educational elements so you get the most bang for your buck
- gifts that get excellent reviews from a number of sources
- a little variety – because no matter how much you need diapers, some people just want to buy a cool toy
I have to give a special thanks to all you readers who made suggestions – your ideas rocked it and many have been added to the list.
I’m going to keep adding items so check it out and let me know what you’d add. I’m dying to know what you think.