It’s that time of year, the shelves are looming with plastic and packaging, all brightly coloured and musical for our children’s delight. What may seem like a magical time for a child, parents Australia wide have started grinding their teeth in their sleep and breaking out into a sweat at the thought of ducking into a store during all the madness. The sound of someone saying “lay by counter” is like hearing nails on a chalkboard… Aidan’s not even two and this will be my third year and I’m not really looking forward to it.
The first year we bought a few baby things, a rattle here, a chew toy there… it was a breeze, I didn’t know what all the fuss was about. Then last year was like a big old smack in the face. Ladies in my mothers group were forming strategic plans to tackle the crowds and juggle pooey-bums and temper tantrums. We orchestrated midnight shopping sprees whilst the husbands and babies were sleeping soundly. We poured over the catalogues for days umm-ing and ahh-ing over this trike or that trike. I hadn’t even stood in line and I was already tired. Mind you, I made some great choices, none of which I regret so I guess in some ways it was worth it… however this year I have a new plan.
Target has launched the Early Bird Lay By List which will go live at the same time the other major stores start their sales… yep, TODAY! You can browse the wide selection (over 300 exclusive toys, only available at Target), 50% off some of the most popular brands as well as the option to lay by large scale items like outdoor playhouses… no queues for you! This new method takes away the “possessed-woman-with-a-trolley” look when searching for the toy that was boldly circled in the catalogue for weeks only to find that the ***** in front of you grabbed the last one. This year I think I’ve found the answer, go and check out the site and tell me what you think… worthwhile? I think so.
Grandma & Grandpa and Auntie Steph, take note: I’m just buying Duplo, enough for his birthday in August, Christmas and Easter too. I consider Lego a long term investment. Every time we go to the shops Aidan makes his way to the Lego section and every time he wants this fire truck. I’m also pretty sweet on the huge Lego man head for funky storage. Aidan has an array of trucks and cars and the best ones by far are the Duplo ones. They roll better, can withstand a pretty good whacking and if you don’t mind seeing a few scuffs and scratches they’re great outside too. What are you keen to secure at the toy sales this year?
Target are giving one lucky reader a $100.00 voucher
to spend in-store. All you have to do is answer this question:
What was your favourite toy as a child?
Competition is open to Australian residents only. Competition closes 5pm AEST Friday 8th July 2011. This is a competition of skill and creativity. Top ten entries will be shortlisted and the winner will be chosen by a Nuffnang and a Target representative. Competition terms & conditions.