I didn't really own many toys when I was a little girl. A handed-down toy in good condition was considered "new" and would keep me happy for a long time. Just imagine how excited I was when I received a shining new electric train on Christmas when I was five. Although I don't even remember its brand or exact name, I can easily recall what it looked like and how much I loved playing with it. It was made with tin and nicely painted with bright red, green, yellow, and blue colors. The battery-powered engine made "choo-choo" sounds every few minutes. It ran smoothly on hard floors without tracks and would back up and make a turn whenever it hit an object. It was the one thing I couldn't wait to show off every time we had a house guest.
That toy train constituted a precious part of my childhood memory not only because it was tremendously fun to play with, but also because I knew it was quite a luxury at the time and my parents had been saving for months in order to be able to give me the best gift ever. Now that I am a parent myself, I also want to provide my children with gifts that will make them happy and that will create a memory to last.
Holiday Toyland events in select locations across the country. During these in-store events, you will learn about the most-wanted toys #chosenbykids that fit your budget, while your kids will get hands-on experience with some of the hottest toys of the year and take a photo with their favorite one. I will be taking my kids to the Toyland event on November 8th. Check to see if there is one near you and learn how to participate here.
What was your favorite gift received as a child? Was it a toy or something else? Was it a surprise or on your long awaited list? Did it bear a special meaning for you? Please feel free to join the conversation in the comment section below!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Walmart Holiday Toyland campaign. All views and opinions expressed are my own and may differ from yours.