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"Santa Said…!" Tips for Negotiating Holiday Wish Lists

This is a guest post by Judi Meade, owner of LearningToys.ca, a leading online toy retailer.For parents, finding the right holiday toy isn’t all fun and games. Your kids may have given you a wish list but they didn’t give you a roadmap for how and where to find them. And who says you even want them to have all the toys on that list!Since a wish list is exactly that – a wish – you may have to take that list (and all the have-to-have hype) with a grain of salt. Squeals of delight will still be heard even if you don’t go to the ends of the earth to find everything on the list, or camp out in front of the Toys R Us for that oversold toy that every other kid on the block has asked for.Now it’s your turn……So sharpen your pencil and put on your editor’s hat. Like all good editors it is time to start cutting and revising. But then comes the fun part. Adding! You get to introduce new ideas that your kids haven’t thought of because they don’t even know they exist. (That’s where LearningToys comes in)Depending on the age of your children, you may want to include them. If you do, be sure your kids understand the guidelines. For example:

  • You will get some – not all – of the toys you ask for.
  • You may ask Santa for no more than 3 or 4 toys

But Santa makes them…..Of course, if your child believes that their gifts are coming from the North Pole, you will have to come up with some clever explanations for why he was unable to deliver. Here are a few that have worked for us in the past:

  • Santa couldn’t bring you all of the toys on your list because the sled was full
  • Santa knows that Mommy doesn’t think that is a good toy and he wouldn’t want Mommy to be upset!
  • Santa couldn’t make enough for all the children who wanted it. He knows that you already have so many wonderful toys, so he decided to give them to other children who have less than you.

Can you add to this list? Got any good Santa explanations to share? We’d love to hear them! Feel free to add your comments.Need some ideas?Our LearningToys Gift Guide is great place to start. You’ll find our top suggestions there but that’s just the beginning. Learningtoys.ca is full of toys that both you and your kids will love. Check it out!And for some helpful pointers on how to choose winning toys for each child on your list, read our Toy Buying Tips.