If you celebrate Christmas, pick up an advent calendar before December 1st. You can find really cheap versions with chocolates inside or extravagant ones that become nativity scenes.
I just picked up Playmobil's version today. It makes a Santa and animal scene in the woods. It's really quite cute and gives your child a new, little item to play with each day while waiting for the big arrival of Santa on the 24th.
I also found it cheaper at Three Wishes Toys 'n More in Wilmette, IL for about $22. They also have an online store.
Playmobil also makes other versions of Advent calendars that have ponies, unicorns, dragons, and, get this, even a "Police Christmas." But, I think the Santa theme is a bit more apropos for the season, don't you?