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2018 Holiday Shopping Guide For Four Year Olds

In previous years, I complied holiday shopping guides for when my son was two and when he was three.  Before creating this next list, I looked back, and I believe many of those items are still relevant, especially the Thomas table which my son periodically still uses to this day.

However, he’s older now, and his wants have changed.  Gone are the days of Thomas and now we have ushered in the days of Lightning McQueen.  With that in mind, and with other considerations, here is a list of items I do recommend for a four year for Christmas:

  1. Balance Bike with Helmet
  2. Boogie Board – not for the beach, one to write with
  3. Slot Cars
  4. Cars 3 Service Station or Mack’s Mobile Play Set
  5. Remote Control Car
  6. Thomasville Speedway Portable Set (bonus points for also being storage)
  7. Florida 500 Speedway
  8. Lego Juniors Sets
  9. Lego Table or Folding Table
  10. Board Games
    1. Candyland
    2. Connect Four
    3. Operation
    4. Pete the Cat Groovy Buttons Game
    5. Trouble
  11. Baseball Mitt
  12. Knee Hockey Set
  13. Portable Soccer Net and Soccer Ball
  14. Football Uniform Set and Nerf Football
  15. Paw Patrol Air Patroller
  16. Paw Patrol Sea Patroller
  17. Pig & Elephant Books
  18. Pete the Cat Books
  19. Pigeon Books
  20. Amed Rosario (or other player) Shirsey

For many of the aforementioned items, I included the Amazon link for ease of use.  I did this for two reasons: (1) everyone has access to Amazon; and (2) this late in the process, you have a better chance of getting something off the internet instead of at a store.  If you haven’t purchased the items yet, comparison shop to the best of your ability.

While I hope this list is helpful, we should always to remember to tailor what we buy for your child’s interests.  This is a large reason why I have only relisted one item from this year’s Top 25 Christmas Toys.

As always, please remember while you’re shopping, pick up a toy, no matter how small and donate it.

3 thoughts on “2018 Holiday Shopping Guide For Four Year Olds”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    If the Mets are reported BY THE MEDIA to be quiet at the Winter Meetings :

    a) Maybe they should stay home and use the money instead for Payroll?

    b) Ask the NY Post to pay for all expenses in return for exclusive interviews

    or

    c) Go for some good weather and hope for a miracle?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      They should, but won’t, sell the team

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:

    THE METS HAVE AGREED TO APPEAR ON MLB TRADE RUMORS
    and AGREED TO PAY FOR COVERAGE WHEN THERE WOULD NEVER BE ANYTHING NEWSWORTHY TO COVER THEM ABOUT:

    Mets Rumors: Santana, Bruce, Walker, Kendrick, Reyes, Shaw
    By Connor Byrne | December 9, 2017 at 11:31pm CDT

    This is the second time today we’ll focus on the Mets, who are active in the rumor mill as the Winter Meetings draw closer. The latest comes courtesy of Marc Carig of Newsday…

    RUMOR MILL ACTIVE VIA POSTS OF OTHERS BUT NOT any REALITY OF ANY ACTION taken BY THE METS

    Less than a month ago, the Mets were reportedly among several teams with interest in free agent first baseman Carlos Santana. (never confirmed and always a pipe dream)

    Now the idea of the Mets landing Santana looks “very unlikely,” a source told Carig.

    With Ramos, Familia, Harvey to be FAs and no Met hurler in a multiyear contract past 2018 WERE THEY EVER GOING TO SIGN SANTANA? Of course not!!!!!!!!

    The pessimism toward signing Santana stems from the presence of young first baseman Dominic Smith and an unwillingness on the team’s part to make a major financial commitment at the position.

    Again, not the case!!!!!

    With Santana a strong bet to sign one of the most valuable contracts in this offseason’s class of free agents, the Mets are nearly certain to target a cheap stopgap like Adam Lind instead, per Carig, though he adds that they remain interested in a reunion with potential first base option Jay Bruce.

    Lind is a smart move despite this team’s extreme poverty. If they land him, they are to be congratulated!

    Unlike Santana, Bruce is primarily an outfielder, and the Mets value his versatility enough to make a signing possible.

    Bruce, though a great role model, class act does not have the speed the team is thirsty for, he will seek a long term deal and this may be all about buzz so the Mets can look busy and Bruce can get a nice offer elsewhere.

    Elsewhere around the infield, Carig writes that it’s “unlikely” the Mets will sign free agent second baseman Neil Walker, whom they traded to the Brewers over the summer.

    Walker rebuffed them last spring when he was unwilling to give back the qualified offer in a long term deal. THAT IS OVER.

    KENDRICK WOULD MAKE SENSE

    They haven’t shown any interest in utilityman Howie Kendrick, meanwhile, but re-signing longtime Met Jose Reyes remains on the table. Reyes turned in a respectable age-34 season in 2017, and he made it known toward the end of the year that he’d like to finish his career with the Mets.

    REYES WORKING OUT AT FIRST BASE

    New York reportedly made an offer to reliever Bryan Shaw around Thanksgiving, but there’s still no indication as to whether he’s interested in joining the club, Carig reports. The belief around the majors is that Shaw has received multiple three-year proposals in the $24MM range (it’s unclear if any of those came from the Mets), one rival executive informed Carig. Shaw, 30, may be holding out

    BRIAN SHAW MAY WISH TO TAKE TIME OFF IN OCTOBER AND THUS SEEK A NON PLAYOFF TEAM LIKE THE METS

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