Christmas for toddlers typically means presents of the doll, truck and block variety. And while my toddler appreciates a set of blocks as much as the next kid, it’s not what ranks at the top of her wish list. Here’s a little list of some of the practical—and completely impractical—things my toddler wants for Christmas this year.
What’s on your toddler’s wish list?
1. An iPhone 1 of 10
My toddler already thinks she pretty much owns my iPhone (I blame you PBS Kids app). But in order to avoid the struggle of having to swipe it from me on a regular basis, she would appreciate one of her own. I'm certain she'll find nothing but disappointment on Christmas day when there are no Apple-shaped packages under the tree with her name on them. Sorry kid. I didn't get my first cell phone until halfway through college and you may not either.
Every doll on the planet 2 of 10
This girl is totally head-over-heels for dolls. She carries around some type of doll or stuffed animal almost everywhere she goes. There will definitely be a few doll-centric presents for her to unwrap this year.
A real-life baby doll 3 of 10
Being as obsessed with dolls as she is, Fern would love nothing more than a real-life baby doll of her own. Lucky for her, she'll have one to play with once Baby #2 arrives sometime in early June, but unfortunately I can't speed up the delivery to make a Christmas day arrival for her. Sorry Fern. There just won't be any Baby Moses-esque baskets under the tree for you just yet.
Her own zoo 4 of 10
Fern is quite the animal lover and would love nothing more than to have a menagerie of animals in her own backyard. While we may have a large backyard, it's not that large. Sorry kid. An elephant would need a lot more room than what we've got and the cost of food would be obscene. We'll just go visit the actual zoo, OK?
A trip to Disneyland 5 of 10
My girl is Disney-obsessed, so as a Christmas present, my parents are taking us all to Disneyland in a couple of weeks. Best Christmas gift ever. Fern is gonna flip.
An ice cream and donut feast 6 of 10
Ice cream and donuts are a completely balanced meal in the mind of a toddler. Fern would like an entire feast dedicated to nothing but these favorite sweets. Merry Christmas and tummy aches for all.
A big screen in her bedroom 7 of 10
While she probably wouldn't request a gin fizz while watching "Mad Men," being able to watch "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" while simultaneously jumping on her bed sounds like Fern's own personal version of heaven. An in-room big screen would definitely top her wish list.
Christmas lights year round 8 of 10
"Kiss-miss lights" have been a favorite this holiday season and I'm pretty sure that as a Christmas present Fern would appreciate if we would just keep them up year-round. Please and thank you.
A minivan 9 of 10
We recently drove around in a 2014 Honda Odyssey for a blog campaign I was part of here at Babble and Fern loved it. There was a DVD player, "magic doors" (automatic sliding) and a plethora of other awesomeness that made Fern fall head-over-heels for it. She was really sad after our week-long joy ride was over and I'm pretty sure she'd like to have a minivan full time. Minivans are the coolest!
All the shiny things 10 of 10
Toddlers are little magpies. Basically anything shiny (doesn't matter what) would make an ideal gift or stocking stuffer. Bring on the tin foil and gold lamÃ©, Santa!
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.