What Does a Mom of Six Put Under the Tree?

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As a mom of six kids, my gift-giving has to be pretty creative. Last year I did a little round up of what was going to be under the tree for each of mine.

This year I’ve had a few interesting requests, along with a few typical ones.

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  • My 10-year-old has requested a gymnastic mat, and a gymnastic mat she will get. This kid is constantly doing acrobats with the neighbourhood kids. Often they end up pulling a mattress off the bed so they can master their tricks without getting injured. I see this as a very wise investment – and it costs just over $100.00. Not bad! Landmark Athletics Gymnastics Mat

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  • My teenagers live in Roots sweatpants. And I must say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in this case. I love to be comfortable and the moment I walk in the door from work, the work clothes come off and the sweats come on. Stylish, cozy and durable, the biggies will all be getting a pair under the tree. Roots

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  • What little kid isn’t Star Wars crazy at the moment? Mostly the same kids who are also Lego crazy, so why not combine the love. Pricey but selling quickly, I was able to get my hands on a Star Wars Lego set for my 9-year-old lad. Star Wars Lego

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  • Wheels, wheels and more wheels. My kids are crazy for wheels. There will be scooters, rollerblades and Healys under the tree. I’m the kind of mom who lets them race through the house, so even though it’s not exactly wheel weather, these gifts will definitely get worked in before the springtime. K2 Athena Womens Inline Skate

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  • Has Grandma been asking what she can get the kiddos? Suggest a craft box subscription like Curiosity Box. Every month the child will receive a box in the mail full of crafts and fun games. Grandparents sometimes get tired of seeing the grandkids on screens, so this is a great alternative.

Stocking Tip: Those little goodies that go in the stocking can add up to a lot of expense. I fill their stockings with stuff they actually NEED and I would have to buy anyways:

– School supplies might need refreshing, so grab some pencil crayons and erasers
– Fun toothbrushes and toothpaste
– Teenagers get a USB stick, deodorant and socks. I’d put tampons in, but I think they’d kill me.
– Hairbrush and elastics
– A book, graphic novel, comic book, activity or puzzle book
– A few little treats, including some oranges and a chocolate letter of each child’s initial.

And don’t kill me, but everything is not only bought, but has been wrapped for weeks. This busy mama likes to stay on top of everything well in advance because I never know what obstacles I’m going to encounter. How prepared are you for the holiday season?

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