Kids don't need expensive toys- they just want Office Supplies. If I had a dime for every time I heard a parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent talk about how their most cherished youngling preferred the box or the wrapping paper to the actual gift, I would have a good sized jar of dimes. You might be shocked to realize that boxes are office supplies and paper is an office supply. Whoa, did I just blow your mind? Welcome to the future my friend.
One intrepid blogger in an attempt to encourage his kids to discover wonder in the world (and all that kind of stuff they talk about in the Baby Einstein commercials) recently found that one of his kids took a shining to an old adding machine.
Feel free to click through and read about how kids who don't care about arithmetic use and abuse an adding machine, but the long and short of it is that kids love paper. They loved paper so much that he bought his kid another dozen rolls of paper from Amazon. Bravo to him for not just buying his child another Batman action figure, but if he really, really loved that kid he would have bought him 100 rolls of paper.
I'm not advocating that all parents go out and purchase a box of adding paper to prove their unending love, but I am telling those parents that their children will love them more when they buy them more paper. Take a good look at your kid, or a photo of your kid, or a photo of your boss's kid. Is that kid adorable? Do you want that kid to be happy? Do you want that kid to love you more than any other adult? Then don't walk, don't run, but click through and buy 100 rolls of recycled paper. The lovefest will last until the paper runs out.