I'm a huge advocate of buying things ahead of time, when they're on sale. This includes toys, books, puzzles, you name it. It's a minor to moderate obsession.
Bonus: When kids are small, they don't have an opinion. That, my friends, is the time to stock up! As the wee ones get bigger, they get more specific in their wish lists. I've definitely slowed down buying things for the 4-5 year old kids in my life, as they're getting pickier.
Here's what's rockin' in my current gift closet. Upcoming Spring birthdays are receiving this adorable planter set by Green Toys, and you may spy some Duplo blocks for the little dudes in our family, too.
Do you stock up on anything ahead of time? I'm ashamed to say that this effect is bleeding over to my pantry...which isn't a bad thing. Snack? I've got almonds, dried cherries, and oatmeal. Lots and lots of oatmeal :)