Christmas. Don't you love it?
Well, I do, the whole kit and caboodle. But as my two boys grow up, coming up with present ideas is taking more and more time. Not presents for my partner and I to buy them, you understand. No, presents for family members to buy them, that don't get duplicated, that they might actually want, and that won't break into small pieces for me to step on in the dark in my bare feet in the middle of the night. (Lego, you know who you are...)
So, this year I decided that I was going to send an e-mail to all my family members with the lists on. That way they all get to see a variety of present ideas from £4.00 - £20.00, can choose themselves, can even - if they want - click through on a link and buy those things on-line on the spot, and then, most crucially of all, hit 'reply all' to let the other rellies know what they've bought so no-one doubles up.
Like that's going to work.
Well, you never know, it might. Maybe not this year, but with training we can all learn new tricks, so perhaps we'll get it the year after, or even the year after that... I can dream, can't I?
In any case, here's the thing.
Setting this up took time. Not a lot of time, but some. And I thought of all the parents out there who might not have that time. So here it is. My Christmas gift to you.
Below you will find Christmas present lists for my sons that you might be able to use for yours. You can then copy and paste it into your own family e-mail. And if my lists don't work, but you still think that this is a good idea, how about this; send me your Christmas list set up in the same way, and I will post it on this blog for other parents to use on their own family e-mails, and save time themselves.
What do you reckon? Shall we pass it on? If you would like to send your lists to:
Here goes, anyway; let's start with my lists...
List # 1: Boy aged nearly 3...
Wooden birthday cake: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/wooden%20toys/Wooden-Birthday-Cake/2994
Wooden pizza: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/toys_games_pretend_play/Wooden-Pizza/2993
Noisy pig hand puppet: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/new/Noisy-Pig-Hand-Puppet/10000000426
Cock-a-doodle-moo game: http://www.gltc.co.uk/pws/ProductDetails.ice?ProductID=10000000472]
Ocean bath squirters: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/show%20all/Ocean-Bath-Squirters/10000000409
Convertible fire engine book: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/bestsellers/Convertible-Fire-Engine-Book/1446
My little blue robot: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/show%20all/My-Little-Blue-Robot/10000000513
Bunny alarm clock: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/special%20offers/Blue-Bunny-Alarm-Clock/136
Trucks meal set: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/home_school_car_mealtimes_tableware/Emma-Bridgewater-Trucks-Meal-Set/10000000180
Playmobil police helicopter: http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Toys-R-Us/Toys/Construction/Playmobil-Police-Helicopter-3908(0032664)
Playmobil dump truck: http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Toys-R-Us/Toys/Construction/Playmobil-123-Dump-Truck-6732(0017832)
Tonka light and sounds flatbed truck: http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Toys-R-Us/Toys/Cars-and-Trains/Cars-and-Playsets/Tonka-Light-and-Sounds-Flat-Bed-Tow-Truck(0015161)
Amazing machines books and cd's: http://www.redhouse.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CatalogSearchResultView?storeId=10151&catalogId=18251&langId=100&pageSize=10&beginIndex=0&searchScope=SimpleSearch&resultType=2&resultCatEntryType=1&catgrpSchemaType=2&vipStatus=&fromPage=basicSearch&searchTerm=963-AZQ2&submit.x=13&submit.y=10
Gordon the Big Engine book and cd: http://www.redhouse.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CatalogSearchResultView?storeId=10151&catalogId=18251&langId=100&pageSize=10&beginIndex=0&searchScope=SimpleSearch&resultType=2&resultCatEntryType=1&catgrpSchemaType=2&vipStatus=&fromPage=basicSearch&searchTerm=923-GDO2&submit.x=11&submit.y=11
James Book and cd: http://www.redhouse.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CatalogSearchResultView?storeId=10151&catalogId=18251&langId=100&pageSize=10&beginIndex=0&searchScope=SimpleSearch&resultType=2&resultCatEntryType=1&catgrpSchemaType=2&vipStatus=&fromPage=basicSearch&searchTerm=963-JAS2&submit.x=14&submit.y=10
List #2: Boy aged 5
Noisy frog hand puppet: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/toys_games_traditional_toys/Noisy-Frog-Hand-Puppet/10000000425
Knights set: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-//Knights-Sets/1722
Crazy Chefs game: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/new/Crazy-Chefs/10000000475
Pop to the Shops game: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/family%20games/Pop-to-the-Shops/1617
Tell the time game: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/family%20games/Tell-the-Time-Game/1319
Prickly pile-up game: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/wooden%20toys/Prickly-Pile-Up/10000000040
Magnetic letters: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/arts%20&%20crafts/Magnetic-Letters/10000000432
Magnetic numbers: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/arts%20&%20crafts/Magnetic-Numbers/10000000563
Dinosaurs meal set: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/new/Emma-Bridgewater-Dinosaurs-Meal-Set/10000000299
Bumper box of crafts: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/show%20all/Bumper-Box-of-Crafts/3098
Playmobile Amphibious Vehicle: http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Toys-R-Us/Learning/Construction/Playmobil-Amphibious-Vehicle-4175(0026598)
List #3: Suitable for either Boy of 3 or 5 years
Glow in the dark torch: http://www.gltc.co.uk/fcp/product/-/show%20all/Glow-in-the-Dark-Torch/10000000371
The snowman book and cd: http://www.redhouse.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?fromPage=home&mpe_id=10709&catalogId=18251&productId=145224&evtype=CpgnClick&intv_id=110015&langId=100&storeId=10151&ddkey=http:ClickInfo