Or maybe you won’t be surprised if you’ve read anything I’ve written about my girl who gender expresses as a boy then you’ll know that she loves boy shit. In fact, last year when she opened presents from kids whose parents didn’t know her well she was distraught to find dolls and dresses and thought they must be for Sadie. It was kind of heartbreaking so I had to pull her gifts aside and vet them before letting her see. In order to avoid that this year, I added something to her evite, “Little tiny tiny note to friends of Matilda: Absolutely no gift is necessary! But…if you were to brings something for her and you don’t know her, she is pretty much only into boy stuff. Okay, that was awkward.”
When I knew I was pregnant with girl twins, I was relieved because I know girls! I love glitter and Barbies and purple and pink. I was like, “I got this!” But having a girl who expresses like a boy is similar to having a boy. I have to get to know Legos and superheros and Batman and it’s kind of challenging but ultimately fun. I will say I’m getting the hang of buying gifts for her so I will pass some of my ideas along to you in this handy collage I’ve made.
That looks pretty cool! I will now add a brief description of the toys.
There’s the book Flat Stanley: This is Mattie’s favorite book. We got it from the library and she pines for it since we returned it. It’s all about a boy who becomes flat and while enjoying his ability to be mailed in an envelope at first, eventually he wants to be regular shaped again. I’m not really doing it justice but this isn’t a book review people! Just trust me.
Marshmallow gun: Some of you probably dislike toy guns. I used to be one of you but then I realized that boys will be boys and they like gun play. So what better way to indulge them than with a gun that shoots delicious marshmallows? We actually played with this toy at her Halloween carnival at school and she loved it so I already know she wants one.
Transformers: This is the bumblebee guy. I don’t know a ton about Transformers but Matilda LOVED them with a passion stronger than a thousand suns. Her whole little body vibrates with enthusiasm for these metal dudes. If you have boys you already know about Transformers and you also know how easily pleased boys are. I’m new to the game.
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks: All boys love cars but not all cars love boys. What? I don’t know what that means but I do know that Hot Wheels are like crack to five-year-old boys. Matilda will lose her mind when she sees the huge track that you mount on the wall and let the cars zoom around willy nilly. I can’t wait to see her face.
If you have any ideas to add please do! I had her birthday and the holidays to buy for and I’m still short a few items.
Do you know a deserving family, school, or charity this holiday season? We’re giving away one grand set of 20 toys from Target, including those mentioned in this post! To nominate, simply comment and tell us why you’ve selected them!
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