As I sit in with an exhaustion headache trying to vainly take a nap a few things came to me. Maybe you’ll learn from my mistakes. Maybe not. Maybe you’ll throw in your own exhausted wisdom.
1. You know that toy you got so cheap on black friday? The race track that was less than 1/3 the price of a new one? Guess what. It’s a cheap Chinese knock off and there’s a reason they could sell it so cheap. Yes, they still are making a profit. (Cue demonic voice from Evil Dead 2: “Dead by dawn! Dead by dawn!”) I should have learned after I got that $1000 scooter that seemed like such a good deal. It was great the first year and then started to break down every few weeks. Every time I’d go into the shop I’d find out some part was amazingly substandard. Eventually I just gave up repairing it.
Lesson? It’s better a few expensive quality toys than a bunch of cheaper ones. (Note: this isn’t a knock against China. After all the high quality stuff is probably made there too – my iPhone was after all)
2. You have a choice. You can put those gadgets together when it’s late Christmas Eve and you just want to go to sleep. Or you can try and get sleep, only to be awoken way earlier than you want and have to do the same thing only with a bunch of hyper kids bouncing around you demanding that it work. Trust me. Late night works better.
3. Do yourself a favor. Have a single box with receipts. Tape a piece of paper with a description (or photo) of each toy. It’ll make returning the inevitable broken toy easier. (No – I didn’t do this. But I wish I did as I vainly search for receipts that probably got thrown out with wrapping paper)