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Buy Committee: What the Hell Do I Buy a Five-Year-Old?

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Buy Committee, Chelsea “CNN” Stone needs your help.

My very adorable little cousin is turning 5 soon! Since I want her to know me as the coolest relative in the family, I have to find the perfect gift.

Unfortunately, I have no idea what the youths are into these days. She’s sort of a girly girl, but also not? She loves the color orange. I also think she’s the smartest almost 5-year-old I’ve ever met. And it would need to be something her mom wouldn’t get mad at me for giving to her. Sorry that doesn’t narrow it down at all, but please help me anyway!


So, Buy Committee (that’s you), scroll down to the comments to share your experiences with buying gifts for a toddler. Help Chelsea trick her cousin into thinking she’s cool because I can’t help with that.

If ever I want to buy toys for my niece and nephew, I always run it by the parents first. Kids receive a lot of toys as gifts, so I want to be extra thoughtful by keeping the communication lines open. Doing this can:

  • Prevent the same toys from being purchased
  • Avoid space issue problems
  • Give you insight to what the kid might actually want (for me, it’s still dinosaurs, trucks and Paw Patrol)

One time, someone gave my brother’s kid a loud ass piano toy and it nearly drove him insane.

I, for one, rarely buy ‘em toys and I just piggyback off of other people’s gifts. I connect with them through play time, since I find that kids don’t really remember where their toys come from. Instead, I just give my brother money for their college fund. It’s not fun, but I think they’ll appreciate it later on.

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