I broke down this week and bought a Barbie for my niece. It's what she wanted.
I bought her four books, too, and I chose the fashion designer Barbie because she told me she wanted to do that when she grew up but, lawdy, it was hard. My finger hovered over the button for a full 10 minutes before I hit enter.
I *hate* buying toys for kids. It seems wasteful when so many of our kids are stupid.
I prefer books and college fund donations. Or activities. I'll take you to a movie, a museum, an amusement park or to paint some pottery -- stuff like that.
But toys? Half the time they are broken or forgotten about by mid-January. Meanwhile that book helps with reading skills and the college fund donation invests in the future.
Yes, I'm Ebbie Scrooge up in here.