I Miss Toys R Us

I miss Toys R Us, I really do.  Aisle after aisle of options, catalogs full of exciting ideas, new wish lists generated daily for Santa to consider.  Gone are the good old days when price, technology and brand were not even considered.  I miss the days when the best gift could be found for less than $10 and stocking stuffers were bigger than the stocking itself.


Fast forward to the teenage years and well the options become smaller and increasingly more expensive.  Once “they know” some of the excitement inevitably dwindles. The fun, lengthy, ever-changing list for Santa is replaced by the one must have, usually expensive, item.

They are teenagers, they know what they want and they tend to demand said item.  The shopping fun and surprises are dumped in the snowbanks. Now I find my three teenagers ask for items I did not even know existed, technology that changes monthly and brands and “cool stuff” that I can’t begin to keep up with…

This year, I tried a new tactic and suggested that my tech savvy teen write a blog post to help people (a.k.a. me) find a great new technology gift.  Here is the post on the Best Technology Gifts Under $200!

I know the holidays are not about the giving and getting.  However, no matter how old they are, finding that one great gift for your child on Christmas morning is still in the hearts of parents everywhere. Amid the new socks, warm gloves and the stocking full of toiletries, parents still try to find that gift, the one surprise that lights up even their teenager’s face, just like the good old days of the man with the big white beard.

I really miss Toys R Us…

Comment with your suggestions for teenagers and I hope you enjoy my son’s list (shhh..he may just get something on the list).



About LB Living Better

Lisa Bates has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Certification to teach Behavioral Sciences and a degree in Business Administration. From school administrator and non-profit executive, to teacher, coach, counselor and mom, Lisa has extensive experience, knowledge and training working with children from toddlers to teenagers. Currently, Lisa owns and operates LB Living Better an organizational and educational services business. Lisa has just released her first book, Barbies in the Horse Bin, Living Better with Organized Children and she is a seasoned, energizing, humorous, workshop presenter with extensive experience. As a mother of three teenagers including twin boys, Lisa maintains her sanity by writing, travelling and playing with her dogs. Read more about Lisa Bates at or contact her at

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