The 1 Christmas Gift Your Kid Wants

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What is going to be that must have gift for your little ones this Christmas? Is the store going to have it? Will I have to pay double for it on Ebay? WHO CARES – YOU WILL NOT NEED IT!

This is 1 gift for your kid you need to get.

It is simple.

It is affordable.

It is awesome.

If you have a 3-7 year old (4-6 being the sweet spot) this will be the best gift they will get this year. I did this a few years back for my niece and nephew and my brother said hands down they loved it the most and played with it the longest. Best part – I spent under $100 on two kids!

Everyone knows that young kids love to use their imaginations and play dress up. What better time to create a dress up trunk than Halloween…well the week after – can you say 75% off!?!

First get a trunk. You can get one online, at any big-box store or even at a thrift store. If you can’t find one you like, you could also use a suitcase or box. If you use a box, I suggest adding some artwork to make it look playful. For a suitcase, add some bumper stickers for the same effect.

Here are some examples, but something you have at home and no longer use will work.

Then all you have to do is fill it. And do not think you have to fill it to the tippy top. Just add what you can and leave room for more items. They will be using this for several years, especially if there are younger kids in the home.

The best time to get supplies it right before Halloween and the week after. You can get great deals at places like Walmart, Target, and other discount and big-box stores. The pop-up Halloween stores are great too. You can ask them for additional discounts. Also ask what items are they really wanting to part with and will give you a deal on. Tell them what you doing and honestly they will give you a great deal.

Here is a list of items to add. It is not everything and certainly you don’t need to get them all. I recommend staying away from too many “fantasy” costumes and focusing on more real world costumes. This is about dress-up – not Halloween.

Also getting adult sized apparel can be too large, so try to stay with youth sizes. Although some adult sized apparel and accessories are good to toss in, esp when size small.


  • Doctor and Nurse
  • Police and Firefighter
  • Indian and Cowboy
  • Flapper and Aristocrat
  • Sports Players – baseball, football, soccer
  • Construction Worker
  • Hippie
  • Pirate and Clown
  • Military
  • 60’s, 70s or 80s clothes
  • Sailor


  • Glasses
  • Wigs and Hats
  • Ties and Bows
  • Boas and Jewelry
  • Crowns and Headpieces
  • Microphones and Wands
  • Swords and Capes

Again, this is just a list to get your started or give you an idea of what to look for. Many costume packs come as sets. Those are great to get because you will want to break the sets apart and just add all the stuff to the trunk.  1) It makes it look fuller and more playful and 2) the kids will be able to best use their own imaginations to put outfits together. 🙂

Happy Ho Ho Halloween!

Psalms 126:2 Then our mouths were filled with laughter; our tongues sang for joy.

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