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Is it too early for this thread?? :P

I have five punks to shop for: 15yo boy, 10yo boy, 7yo boy, 5yo boy, and 2yo girl.

 

I've started snagging little things here and there and would love to know what you're planning for your little ones -- and not so little ones. I'm kind of at a loss this year for my 15yo.

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I have a few ideas but nothing definite

 

Oldest dd wants a photo printer

 

Oldest ds wants the new Batman game for his X Box 360

 

Youngest ds wants a Wii U (we'll see about this one!)

 

Youngest dd is the hardest to shop for....not sure what she wants this year....will have to wait until the toy catalogs come out.

 

 

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I'm actually on top of things this year:

DD10 wants Saige, the AG doll

DS 8 some kind of big Lego kit

DD's 5&2 are going to get a big KidKraft dollhouse

 

Everybody: a new Wii to replace our old one that broke earlier this year.

 

Various small stocking stuffers, etc.

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AMDG

 

This is the first year that I dont know what to get my daughter. In 14 years I haven't had ro struggle with this.

 

She gets 3 gifts and sometimes one gift jas several smaller gifts.

 

One will be a pair of shoes she wants for swing dancing AND I'll include a homemade certificate for getting to stay an hour later at the weekly dance than we usually stay.

 

Two and three? I have no idea.

 

Last year I got her a disposable debit card with some money on it and she really enjoyed that. I consider doing that again but it was just last year so . . . I don't know.

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This year I am aiming for a small Christmas. Both of my children do not really need anything or have any explicit wants. As for ds, I have no idea and he has no idea so who knows what will be under the tree for him.

 

For dd:

Sewing basket with supplies and a gift card to JoAnns

Paint by number kit

Preemie clothes for her baby dolls (these will most probably come from the thrift store)

Manicure kit, bath robe, hair towel

Large blank book for doodling

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Geeky graphic tshirts are always a hit here

books and amazon cards

recent favorite movies

games of all kinds, cards, board and video

There is a new Scibblenauts coming out I know is on everyone's list, it's based on Marvel comics so they are really excited.

gift cards for their various craft hobbies from AC Moore or Michaels

Steam cards for PC gaming

CVS cards are fun for their girly needs like nail polish and such

 

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The only thing I know for sure is they are getting a Wii U as a joint gift, and of course a game each to go with it. We might stop there, aside from stocking stuffers, I'm not sure; depends on the price (the Wii U has come down in price lately). If we do something in addition to the Wii U I'm sure it will be Lego based. 

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Don't know yet.

Ds21 won't be able to join us this year, so we'll have to ship him something--prolly a box of stuff.

Ds24 will want videos and books, and we'll prob throw in something else.

Dd? She's easy to buy for--clothes, etc.--but to really find something she'd love isn't as easy. I don't know what the budget is yet. 

 

(DH is the hardest to buy for! I'm thinking of getting him a night or two at the Peace Hill cottage...that would be for me, too! lol)

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Almost undoubtedly, the big three will get Legos. Not sure which ones, as they like a bunch of different characters, but I'm sure there will be a lot of Legos under the tree. DS1, age 8, wants more TinTin books (he's been collecting them for a couple of years), and DD, age 11, wants a camera. DS2 will have a birthday between now and Christmas, so I'm not sure about him. DS3, age 2 -- no idea. DS4, the baby, will probably get his first pair of Robeez, since he'll need them around next spring, and they're a traditional first Christmas gift.

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Preemie baby is getting a Hape wooden toy or two from amazon. I am making oldest some minimalist-designed wall art based on his favorite things: Dr. Who, Minecraft, and Big, Bang Theory. I will probably throw in some geek themed t-shirt and an electronics kit. Younger son is getting Dr. Who themed building blocks that are compatible with lego and some toobs. I am not sure yet what to do with my 5yod.

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I'm actually on top of things this year:

DD10 wants Saige, the AG doll

DS 8 some kind of big Lego kit

DD's 5&2 are going to get a big KidKraft dollhouse

 

Everybody: a new Wii to replace our old one that broke earlier this year.

 

Various small stocking stuffers, etc.

 

About Saige: You might want to get her sooner rather than later. Things start selling out in November. I THINK the doll usually lasts longer. But you just can't count on stuff being there even as late As Black Friday

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Ds13 is definitely getting a Playstation 4, and possibly an XBox One if Amazon can fill my order before Christmas (I forgot to pre-order the XBox until the other day, but I ordered the PS4 for day one delivery, so hopefully nothing will go wrong with that!)

 

He will also be getting games for those systems, as well as for the systems he already has, depending on what he puts on his list.

 

I'm not honestly sure what else he will be getting this year, because he's at the point where he's too old for a lot of things that he used to ask for, so I'll be watching this thread for ideas! :)

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I don't know.  Last night the girls told me they are looking forward to receiving some sort of magic button that will transform them into some sort of superheroes.  (Can't remember the specifics.)  I told them such a thing does not exist, and they said they were sure Santa could make it.  I said I guess we'll see . . . .

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This year, either nothing or something extremely inexpensive.  I am counting on the older ages (14 through late 20s) of our children to help them focus on the Feast of the Nativity, and not to worry about gifts.  This will be the first year that I cannot "spin thread from nothing".  I am not complaining, and I am happy to read about the lovely surprises other parents have in mind for their "littles" !  You give me ideas to keep in mind for other years.  :001_smile:

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We will probably be traveling far away over Christmas, so whatever the kids get will have to be small. Probably some DS games, books, I dunno what else . . . .

Probably that magic button that will transform them into superheroes won't be that big, so you're going to have to put some serious pressure on Santa to get his elves moving on that one. ;)

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Lots of Legos, books, and Snap Circuits (8 yo boy, 10 y o girl). A few board games and things from the Mindware catalog. Some American Girl stuff for DD. I have most of my shopping done because we do Hanukkah and Christmas, and Hanukkah is in less than 2 months! We may get a PS3 now that the PS4 is coming out -- we have always stayed a step behind with gaming systems, which doesn't bother the kids and definitely helps with the budget.

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I know for sure a gameboy or whatever they are calling them now days.....his won't charge anymore and cost of repair would be about the same as buying new---I have a movie making software and green screen picked out but haven't gotten it yet....other than that I have  NO idea---and his birthday is right in the middle of december   12-12.....

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DD the Younger is getting a GameBoy 3DS (the first GameBoy in the house that isn't a hand-me-down from DH) and Pokemon X & Y, and not much else. That's as far as we've got.

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My 10yo has a microscope tucked away. My 5yo asked for a baby doll. She collects AG dolls, so she has a bitty baby and accessories on the way. My 4yo loves to play air hockey, so he has a table packed away in the back of my closet. He'll also get Legos and puzzles, as that's all he likes to play with. My girls like to craft, so they'll get jewelry and bow making supplies as well as sewing and knitting baskets. All will get lots of books.

 

I'm having a passenger seat put on my husband's Harley. He's also getting a travel humidor with cigars to take on his upcoming deployment.

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I was going to go with some Lego and Playmobil for both older boys, and wrapped up recycled infant toys for the baby (who, being 1 month old, won't really care much what he's getting), but after the older two got their Legos and Playmobil confiscated for refusing to keep their room clean and two separate urgent care incidents in one month involving tiny Playmobil stuck into ears and noses (both times the older boy!!), I might just have to wrap up select bits of the toys I already had and give them back... or not. Maybe they'll get coal.  

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They're each getting smart phones because they're so busy with things outside of the house now that they are in middle school.

 

They're also both getting laptops because so much of their school is online now and it's become too difficult with only one computer in the house. Oldest received a net book last year that has been absolutely worthless, so this will be an upgrade for her.

 

Since those are big ticket items that will be it from us, other than their stockings.

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I'm still working on the oldest (maybe some star-gazing binoculars or a microscope), but here we go:

 

DS7

 

Lego Technic (he wants the logging truck, I'm thinking motocross bike!)

Horrible Histories & Horrible Science collections

A game or puzzle TBD

Science encyclopedia and Titanic sticker book (Usborne)

 

DS5

 

Tape center from Lakeshore Learning

Lego Creator

Fagus truck

Board game TBD

Various Usborne books

 

DS3

 

Fagus truck

Duplo train

Various Usborne books

Puzzles TBD

 

Baby (10 months by then)

 

Bla Bla knit cat

Klean Kanteen

Moover truck

Board books

 

Stockings are in process. St. Nicholas Day I usually do ornaments.

 

For my husband I"m thinking a new tablet.  He has an original iPad that's wearing out.

 

 

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I have boys, 9 and 5. They have way too much stuff as they are the only grandkids on one side of the family (with several extended family members on that side that buy), and the other grandparents are making up for austere childhoods of their own, lol. We are trying to figure out what to put on their list, and people are asking for the list now. We are sure to disappoint them all with our request this year, but I am hoping people will chip in to buy some larger ticket items instead of a bunch of small stuff. People buy nice stuff, but our little guy is content to make weapons out of stuff in the recycle bin. It's kind of unfair to make him maintain all that other loot that he plays with only when someone comes over. The big guy needs to learn to pare down his collections.

 

One item that we might for both is a climbing dome or something similar for the backyard. http://www.target.com/p/easy-outdoor-space-dome-climber/-/A-13050858?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C13050858&CPNG=Toys&kpid=13050858&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=13050858&gclid=CNvS8MiT9rkCFasRMwodBxIAoQ

Other ideas...

IKEA storage that they think is cool, like some of the stuff that looks like a bench made of a locker. One of my kids likes projects and collections, so we need some storage and workspace!

Outdoor toybox--we have one right now, and the younger one needs one to call his own with a controlling Aspie older brother!

Little stuff like art paper, small manual pencil sharpeners that work really well (like the Staedtler ones from Staples), cool books that go with current or future homeschooling topics.

$ for specific things, like spending money for a possible vacation next year

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dd1 - Felicity's table & chairs and her tea set, Saige mini-doll, and Little Women

ds1 - Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon and Harry Potter 3

dd2 - Dollhouse (very nice wooden one) and Sofia the First doll

ds2 - Melissa & Doug wooden blocks and the whittle world buildings, cars, & people that go with them

ds3 - Little People pirate ship

 

I've finished all my shopping except for the Felicity tea set (still browsing ebay for that one).  I love being done with shopping early so we can enjoy the holidays.

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DD10:

Lego Friends Dolphin cruiser

3DS XL (special Pokemon version)

American Girl Chrissa's swim team suit & swim team accessories (new, from eBay)

She's going through a growth spurt so probably a few clothing items to fill in wardrobe gaps

Stocking stuffers

 

Ideas for family: Pandora bracelet w a couple charms, sheet music for her clarinet or flute, books, Percy Jackson 2 movie, Lego sets, gift cards, American Girl flute set

 

DD's birthday is within 5 days of Christmas & we pre-ordered a special edition of the Skylanders Swap Force video game from Gamestop for that. 

 

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I have boys, 9 and 5. They have way too much stuff as they are the only grandkids on one side of the family (with several extended family members on that side that buy), and the other grandparents are making up for austere childhoods of their own, lol. We are trying to figure out what to put on their list, and people are asking for the list now. We are sure to disappoint them all with our request this year, but I am hoping people will chip in to buy some larger ticket items instead of a bunch of small stuff. People buy nice stuff, but our little guy is content to make weapons out of stuff in the recycle bin. It's kind of unfair to make him maintain all that other loot that he plays with only when someone comes over. The big guy needs to learn to pare down his collections.

 

One item that we might for both is a climbing dome or something similar for the backyard. http://www.target.com/p/easy-outdoor-space-dome-climber/-/A-13050858?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C13050858&CPNG=Toys&kpid=13050858&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=13050858&gclid=CNvS8MiT9rkCFasRMwodBxIAoQ

Other ideas...

IKEA storage that they think is cool, like some of the stuff that looks like a bench made of a locker. One of my kids likes projects and collections, so we need some storage and workspace!

 

My kids are 6 and 2 and we have the same "problem".  Two of the great-aunts and uncles only buy from Toys R Us so I HAVE to come up with stuff from those stores. One set of grandparents always sends cash (bless you!) and the other... sometimes buys off a list and sometimes sends cash. But they'll buy from Amazon, Fat Brain Toys, etc. -- other places.  The other two great-aunts and uncles come up with their own ideas :)

 

We have this Dome Climber:http://www.amazon.com/Lifetime-Geometric-Climber-Center-Earthtone/dp/B004K0Q8LG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380653074&sr=8-1&keywords=Lifetime+dome+climber

We bought it from Amazon and had it delivered straight to our backyard.

 

This year we're asking for IKEA storage combinations to make both of their closest usable. We'll see how it goes.

 

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I wish my mom would get us a second bin for the Nilo table, to store all the stuff she'll be getting the boys. :-P

 

Between presents on my husband's side and presents from my parents, we could totally get away with giving them zero toys and they'd be fine, but then I'd feel guilty. We'll probably get them one "learning toy" each (Sum Swamp for the 5 year-old, not sure about the 3 year-old) and a book or two, as well as one Lego set each.

 

The problem with books is that I am constantly scouring Goodwill / Saver's for books, so we are always getting new ones. They already have so many, and frankly, they wouldn't appreciate "new" books as opposed to the good used ones I find, so it makes little sense to pay for new ones. I should be saving up the used ones I get but then I'm always so excited to share them with the boys!

 

On the bright side, this thread inspired me to look into the Amazon wish list I had set up, and I noticed that one Playmobil set was at its lowest price since I added it (25% below where it was when I added, a full $20 below retail) so I told my mom and she pulled the trigger. :)

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The boys want Mindstorms EV3 and more Legos. DS10 wants magic supplies, a new scooter, and stuffed birds. DS7 wants a drum set, a new scooter, and stuffed birds and sea animals. DD wants a sewing machine, knitting supplies, her own guitar, and stuffed cats and birds.

 

 

We had that climber and it was wonderful. I am shocked by the low reviews there, because ours held up really well in Texas (with lots of heat and enough rain to rust it if it was prone to that). Maybe the quality has declined, as we got ours years ago. I will say it took a long time to put together. Anyway, those climbers make a great gift, but I wanted to comment to say that aside from being a great climbing toy, they also make great forts. I got my kids a play parachute that completely covered it and they spent countless hours under there.

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We are looking at having the kids aunt and uncle get them the Disney Infinity as a joint gift.  Does anyone else have this and like it?

My ds6 loves it.  He already has 18 of the characters.  He has a very generous uncle! :001_smile:   The characters are very durable, btw.

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