A word of warning to my family members who haven't done their shopping yet: No beeping, blinking, animated toys need apply.
Here's what we've learned in the week since the day care's Christmas party and a small family birthday celebration:
Out of a blinking, noisy dump truck, a noisy Thomas train, a Fisher Price dump truck (complete what's since been dubbed "Cool Guy" by the recipient) and a wooden truck, guess which toy won out?
The quiet one.
Yep, it's the truck and wooden horses sent from the grandparents that are the big hit. Those horses and truck have traveled around the house and back on a daily basis. The horses hang out at the kitchen table, climb into the crib, gallop on the hope chest and "neigh" the way across my bed. And yes, being in the hands of a now 2-year-old, they sometimes smash into one another as well.
Sometimes flash isn't as much fun!