Annabel and Cameron got plenty for Hanukkah.
A is currently into:
2) Glitzi Globes
3) Calico Critters*
4) Any crafting kits (Melissa & Doug are a huge win)
5) Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens (can’t imagine where she got this idea)
6) Costumes / accessories
C is currently into:
2) Random things that light up
3) Things to throw
4) Anything that is Annabel’s
I am happy to report that we still can basically fit everything into the cube shelves (gallery below!) + closets. Okay, plus a small IKEA set of drawers for craft supplies and a mini play kitchen. But really, things are not overflowing too hideously. Yet.
Thus far, I have maintained the status quo by either asking A to perform “give away or keep”, or just sneakily removing things during times a-plenty (such as Hanukkah/birthdays/etc) when they are too distracted by the Shiny New Stuff to notice. But I would say we sit right on the brink of toy overload in our medium-sized home. I live in (mild) fear of future birthday parties and overzealous family gifts. Is it wrong to request only books or consumable craft supplies at a kid’s birthday party? How about asking for a contribution to a larger gift (say, an American Girl doll)? That sounds really gauche to me, and yet it would make such practical sense.
* These things are SO damn cute that I am honestly kind of into them too