The first gift, his "main gift" I guess I'd call it, is the Sprig Toys Discover Rig:
Man, is this thing cool! It's made of an eco-friendly wood composite, does not require batteries, and it comes in minimalist packaging (score, score, score!) You put a little man (or woman) into it and as the kid pushes the toy, it tells a story. And, they can push it with their hands, or their is an attachable handle so they can stand upright and push it. It's a great size too, and there is a little basket up top for Oscar's treasures. Perfect for my vehicle-racing, treasure-seeking little boy.
Next is the Green Toys Tea Set:
My 2-and-a-half-year-old is really into pretend play right now an he loves to cook and serve food, so I though a tea set would be perfect. It's made from recycled plastic, which I think is cool, but the real reason I bought it was because I wanted a tea set that skewed a bit more gender neutral and I think this one fits the bill. (Swistle also considered this for Henry, but dismissed it because of the potential mess factor.
Oscar loves, loves rockets and when I found this International Playthings iPlay Stomp Launcher Pump and Rockets it was like it was made for him:
Rockets that Oscar can launch by stomping on them? Are you kidding me? What two-year-old doesn't love stomping? And, we can launch this rocket indoors so it is a perfect rainy day toy. I think we'll have lots of fun with this one.
This next one is my best bargain find, the Sprig Toys Eco Recycling-Truck [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging]:
I was looking for a Sprigwood toy for Miles when I found this bad boy, on sale on Amazon for $10! I got one for Oscar, one for Miles, and one for my niece Ella. There was a limit of three (!!!), but I'm sending Nelson online to buy three more for; one for Danny (hey, Monica & Susanne, guess what Oscar's giving Danny for Christmas!), and also for my friends' Diana and Pam's kids who also love cars/trucks.
The LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set is one I saw on Swistle's Henry Shopping Post and it caught my eye because she said it was $15 on Amazon and I'd been eyeing it in Tar.get for $20:
I smelled a deal! An educational deal at that. So, I went to Amazon and put it in my car for later. But! The next day it went up to $20! Three days later, back down to $15! Then $20 again! Blast! So, it went back down to $15 yesterday and I just snagged it.
I got him a few other little things, some dress up hats from Ikea, a few books, a couple of puzzles, and that's about it.
I've been vacilating about this, the Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set:
My hair stylist has one of these at her salon and Oscar adores it, and so do Swistle's* kids. It would also go great w/his tea set. The reason I've been going back and forth is the price. Sometimes Amazon lists it as $20, some times at $14. I'd spend $14, but not $20. So, if it goes back down, I think I'll get it. If not, than not.
*Linking to Swistle a bajillion times to make up for ripping off her shopping post ideas.