Throughout the year, I pick up little things for the boys as I come across them and stash them away in under beds and in the tops of closets for Christmas. The challenge this year is getting them wrapped before a certain hyper-observant 3-year-old stumbles upon them first:
Saurus: Hey! What’s that in here?
Me: AGH! WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY CLOSET? ISN’T YOUR DAD SUPPOSED TO BE WATCHING YOU DOWNSTAIRS?
Saurus: I wanted to help put away your clothes and I found this! (proudly holds up 4 books) Why your have them in this box in your closet?
Saurus: Whoa! What’s this box?
Me: What box? There is no box.
Saurus: No – this big box under the guest room bed with the train in it.
Me: No idea what you’re talking about.
Husband: Yeah. That’s not a train box. It’s a box filled with nails and nuclear waste. Don’t touch it.
Husband: I panicked.
Saurus: Hey Pepa? Can I have that tractor present you hid in the back of your car?
Gibis (my mother): Pepa! You let him see it?
Pepa (my father): Well I thought I covered it up, but he saw it through the window of the car, I guess.
Saurus: Yup. There are LOTS of presents for me back there. (proceeds to list all of the gifts he was supposed to be getting for Christmas)
Saurus: Hey Mom?
Me: Yes, Saurus?
Saurus: I’ve been really good today – can I have one of those new presents way up high in the guest room closet?
Me: THERE ARE NO PRESENTS IN THE TOP OF THE CLOSET.
Saurus: What about the ones in the closet with all the coats?
Me: THERE ARE NO PRESENTS ANYWHERE.
Hiding presents from toddlers is hard. Thankfully, buying presents for toddlers is easy.
Especially from such wonderful places like The Baby Cubby. This is my new go-to store for all things baby, kids, & mamas (and dads too, I suppose). EVERYTHING in their store is carefully chosen, beautifully crafted, and rigorously tested to be the best. They carry brands that I’ve loved for years but also manage to find just the perfect new thing (saving this busy mama HOURS of research), no matter what stage or item I’m shopping for: gear for my kids, gifts for baby showers, treats for myself, or last-minute Christmas presents that Saurus hopefully won’t discover. I feel confident shopping there not only for the great stuff but also the experience: behind the pretty things in the catalog are people that genuinely care about me and my family and want to be there alongside us as parents. They are so much more than just another baby store; they are an amazing resource on social media to engage with parents, a resource guide with expert advice for parents (better than the scary googler!), and have a cubby community blog where they have product reviews and discuss all of those fun challenges of parenthood like how to pick a daycare, play ideas for you kids, and how in the world you use one of those swaddle things. On those days where my mama methods just aren’t cutting it, there’s someone to listen because they’ve been there too. They are passionate about encouraging and inspiring families and reminding mamas and dads that parenting, although tough at times, in an amazing and important journey. I know that everything has been thoroughly researched and tested (they have a stroller test track – whaaaa????) to make the cut. Plus they’re focused on giving back and providing a helping hand to anyone who might need it. And here’s the best part: price matching. Price matching, people! Even to Amazon. I probably should have started with that. And there’s free shipping so I can buy stuff without having to get out of sweatpants. Yessssssss. But if you’re one of the lucky people who lives nearby their Lindon, Utah store, then you can stop by for a mama massage….. Their catalog is one of those things that I pour over late at night when I need some happy mama time and I’m always so tempted to call the store and just say “send me all the things!” But I suppose I have to start somewhere, so I’ve put together some gift ideas for boys with some of our favorite things and some things that they’ll be getting this year. Happy shopping!
1. plaid shirt + tee | 2. the most adorable bow tie | 3. socks! | 4. hape e-dozer | 5. triceratops fauxidermy head | 6. tegu pocket pouch blocks | 7. baby lit books | 8. travel chalkboard book + chalk markers | 9. dino cold pack | 10. squigz deluxe set | 11. mini golf set
1. the cutest pants + sweatshirt ever | 2. forest friends cotton quilt | 3. soft grey bear | 4. nail clipper and file | 5. lavender lotion and wash | 6. dockatot grand | 7. kickee pants mountain goat footie | 8. grey hare fauxidermy head | 9. fox teether | 10. bandana bibs
This post was sponsored by The Baby Cubby however, all opinions and ideas are my own and based on my own experience.