I love giving gifts and acts of service. I love receiving words of affirmation. Do it. Say I’m pretty and hilarious, and I’ll show you how much I love a good, affirming word. Probably by giving you a gift.
And so, here’s a list of sure-fire hits (in my experience) for the 3ish-and-under set. I mostly prize toys that 1.) entertain my children independently (as in, Mama isn’t needed to be hands-on), 2.) don’t annoy the crap out of the parents, and 3.) have return power. If it’s going to take up valuable house space, it needs to earn its keep.