I am deep into Christmas break with my kids and as we come into the home stretch, I am already noticing that some Christmas presents are just "meh" to them. Toys I would have DIED to have as a kid are taking a backseat to, shall we say, simpler pleasures. Of course the video game systems are still a big hit and probably will be for a long time but some of the lesser gifts pale in comparison to their perennial favorites. And these favorites are largely not toys, but adult items that kids like better than toys. Knowing how much I spent on Christmas, it kind of makes me want to slap myself that I haven't figured it out after all these years that kids get bored of most toys pretty quickly but again, I do not learn from pain. Enjoy this photographic tour of my kid-destroyed house (dammit, winter break), as I took photos of these items that my kids treasure in their natural habitats.
When Target has their back-to-school clearance in October, I stock up on the 32 cent notebooks. My kids fill them up like there's no tomorrow and would rather have a blank notebook than just about anything else. Oh, and the clipboard was a $2.99 TJ Maxx find and naturally, is one of the girl's favorite gifts.
2. Couch Cushions
I put my upstairs couch back together every.single.day. It's a fort, it's a landing pad, it's a "floor bed" and just about anything else their imaginations come up with. If I bought them their own giant pillows to play with, I guarantee they would still want my couch cushions. And please note the giant turquoise stain on the couch from a marker explosion. It's a glamorous life I lead.
3. Empty Water Bottles
They kick them around and toss them back and forth, like sad little extras from Annie playing in an alley. I will never understand it. These are currently with other recyclables that need to be taken to the bin downstairs but I'm sure they will be put into action before that can happen.
4. Paper Clips And Clothes Pins
Anything that can hold shit together, they are all over it. I use clothes pins to seal cereal and potato chip bags but they constantly go missing because they are apparently coveted toys. Along with his penny portfolio (don't ask), clothes pins are my little guy's fave.
5. Paper Towel Cardboard
Lots of possibilities here. We see recyclables, they see a sword, a telescope, a Barbie house chimney, etc. And isn't her closet lovely? The abandoned knitting project is a recent addition.
6. Old Coupons And Gift Cards
Kids love to play "grown-ups" and having coupons and empty gift cards to stash into purses and pockets makes it feel so realistic. The problem is, the gift cards get mixed up and then I find one laying around and for a moment, think I've come into some pennies from heaven. Nope. This is a mess taken from my daughter's purse. Dammit, Tim Horton's sounds good right now.
They love locks. They take the ones my husband and I use for the gym and do God-knows-what with them. I bought them both "diaries" with teeny padlocks and keys but they don't give a shit. It's only cool if it once served a function for Mommy and Daddy. This one is left to it's own devices on my son's shelf while mine is still missing.
8. Old iPhone Covers
They call them their phones and pretend to text on them. Why?? Regardless, their obvious home is on the floor of Barbie's beach house.
If I bought them some elaborate Melissa and Doug kiddie magnet set, they would never touch them. But those magnets from our honeymoon and the poison control hotline? GOLD.
10. The Spice Rack
WHY is this so fascinating to them?? They love to empty it of the spice containers, line them up and put them back. Who knew marjoram could be so entertaining?
(All Images: Author's Own)
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