For Christmas this year, I made my two boys some scrappy monsters. I originally got the idea from Pinterest—where else? However, the original link is broken, so I have no way to give credit to someone. I basically copied her idea exactly, though. One thing I did change is to make the bottom two squares pockets instead of just sewing them down. Kids seem to love pockets, so I thought that would be a good idea—you know, so the boys can eventually hide bugs and snakes in there for Mommy to find.
This monster is a bit bigger, so I’m giving it to Damon, my 2 1/2 year old, and the other one is just going upstairs for my two month old. He won’t be able to unwrap anything anyway.
My boys get so many toys for Christmas, so since my first was born, I make one gift and don’t buy anything else. I’m sure that will change as they get older, but for now it works. They’re only grandchildren on both sides, and my husbands’ parents are divorced, so that’s two households. My husband also has an “adoptive” family with whom he basically grew up with from 8th grade on, and there are no grandkids there, either. So, between everyone plus the adoptive aunts and uncles, we don’t lack for toys in our household!