gift advice for a 9-month-old?
First, let me say that I was stunned, possibly even shocked, this morning when I did the counting-up and figured out that Elliott is nine months old today. Niiiiiiiiine. Too fast!
As much as I love Christmas, I dread making Christmas gift lists. Either I can't think of a single thing to ask for (myself, every year) or the things I like are too expensive or apparently too hard to find so people just wing it (Nico, every year). I'm pretty sure we have Nico covered with extras left over for his birthday in January, and that was after I decided not to buy much this year in the interest of saving some money toward a family trip in the spring. But I'm a little stumped as to what to put on Elliott's Christmas list (and also his birthday list in February). As the younger brother of a very fortunate first boy, he doesn't really need anything, but it would be sad to not have any presents for him to
The only clothing he really needs is a few pairs of fleece footie pjs and we already gave that idea to someone in the family. I'm planning to get him a Leap Frog Scout dog since Nico loves his and they've changed the design just enough that we'll be able to tell them apart. Our families aren't much for the "put cash in his savings account" option. We have a lot (feels like all) of the toy basics covered due to vast amounts of Nico hand-me-downs. We already have Mega Bloks, a Little People barn and ark, a Sophie giraffe, and the Fisher Price singing stuffed dog. I can't turn Elliott loose with a pile of board books because he gnaws on them until pieces come off in his mouth. In fact, he puts everything in his mouth, so that may influence your suggestions. He doesn't seem overly interested in stuffed toys. He seems to really like the wooden rattle toy pictured below and a shaker I made out of a plastic bottle and some beads. He likes to dump the Melissa & Doug chunky puzzles on the floor and chew on the pieces.
What would you buy, if you were buying something for him?