Every year around this time, I think about the Christmases from my childhood. While I can’t remember what I received each and every year one Christmas stands out. It was the year I received my favorite gift. It was also the year something funny happened. I didn’t think it was funny at the time. It all started Christmas Eve when I was about eight. My family has a tradition where the kids open a gift on Christmas Eve. It was usually a gift from my family. My grandparents had gave both my sister and I two gifts this year. As we were picking which gift to open there were a few for each of us under the tree. I opened my gift from them first. It was plastic stilts. I was like oh cool. Then it happened. My sister opened her gift. It was a Barbie Dream Bed. I was so upset! After all, all I got was plastic stilts. I cried and I cried and probably threw a fit. Why did she get a super cool gift and all I got from them was plastic stilts. Don’t get me wrong they were pretty cool. I didn’t play with Barbies but that was still a better gift. I got over it and went to bed.
The next morning it was time to open our presents. I probably had 56 minutes of sleep and it wasn’t all at once. As we are opening gifts I notice there is a huge box at the end. It’s for me! It was my very own Cabbage Patch Cradle. It was beautiful and glorious! My sister threw a fit because she opened her plastic stilts. I am pretty sure this whole ordeal was videotaped and would have made a great YouTube video. I still have my Cabbage Patch Cradle and I used it all the time growing up. It was my favorite gift of all time. Noah has heard this story a few times. He thinks it’s pretty funny. I think it was a moment for me to be grateful. As for what’s hot in our house, it’s still LEGO. I think we will always have LEGO. He is also really in to Star Wars and he still loves to make art projects. He also wants to get our kittens a thousand pack of pipe cleaners because Charlie likes to steal the pipe cleaners we have for crafts.
It can be hard to buy presents for people you aren’t around all the time. I am so glad that Kmart made the Fab 15 Toy List to help me find gifts for my niece. She is one. So, all the toys Noah loved at that age are either no longer available or different than what Ava would like. She would love the Sesame Street Play all day Elmo. Noah would love the Zoomer Kitty. The Fab 15 Toy List makes it super easy to shop from because it showcases some of the top toys. If you don’t know exactly what to buy, it gives you some great ideas. Not everyone gives ideas or if you want to make it a surprise the list helps.
When I was a child, I wanted an Easy Bake Oven because I loved to bake. Santa decided I couldn’t get one. Instead he brought me a huge box full of Jiffy Mixes and I could just use the real oven. Noah has asked for gifts similar to the Easy Bake Oven and I explain that food baked by a light bulb wouldn’t be very good. I am now thankful that I never received an Easy Bake Oven because using the real thing helped my love for baking grow. I vowed never to buy my future children anything that cooks with a light bulb that year.
Here’s what makes the Fab 15 Toy List different than any other toy list:
Kmart has awesome toys and games for kids of all ages and stages, which comprises Kmart-exclusive toys and hot brands like Disney’s Frozen, Star Wars, LEGO®, Barbie™ and NERF,® is carefully curated based on industry trends, input from parents and kids, and more than 50 years of experience in knowing what toys kids love to play with and find under their Christmas trees. LEGO has been a part of our Christmas for the last 6 years. I remember Noah’s first LEGO set. It was just a box of different blocks for him to build with. He fell in love with them at first sight. I love that Kmart really does their research!
Kmart’s Fab 15 list features the hottest toys for the 2015 holiday season, which have been tested by Kmart’s first-ever Kid Toy Advisory Board – a select group of kids of Kmart employees who are serving as toy experts and holiday toy consultants. Noah would have given anything to have been a part of this group. He thinks that I am blogger is totally cool, but I think he would have wished I worked at Kmart.
I love how they have it broken down by age. Here’s the full list:
Members and customers can shop for any of the items on the Fab 15 list and hundreds of other exclusive toys from brands and characters kids know and love at local Kmart stores nationwide or online anytime at Kmart.com/Toys. Be sure to check out the 2015 Toy Book for many more suggestions of great toys!
You can win all of the Fab 15 Toys in the Shop Your Way Sweepstakes! It’s really easy to enter! Think of all the fun your kids or loved ones could have! You could donate any of the toys that your kids may not be into and help others have a Merry Christmas too.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Role Mommy Writers Network and Kmart. All opinions are 100% my own.