Gift giving woes

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Gift giving woes
Mon, 12-05-2005 - 12:02pm
Over the weekend I thought I would do some online shopping for Christmas. My 3 yo I will not really have a problem shopping for, but my oldest DD is going to be difficult. I did a search on several websites for toys for her age range, and after browsing through, I was really disappointed to find that almost everything is electronic these days. What did we play with when we were 7 and 8 and 9 yrs old? Then I feel bombarded by those Bratz dolls which I think are horrible toys, and she's not into Barbies and Baby Dolls. Although, she likes those little Polly Pocket Dolls, I got her one set of those. I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on electronic toys that she will outgrow or get bored with. Just wondering if anyone has a special gift in mind for their 1st/2nd Grader.
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Mon, 12-05-2005 - 2:33pm

What about a Doodle Bear, that seems to be a popular item this year. I got dd one.

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Mon, 12-05-2005 - 6:46pm

What about an Easy Bake Oven - I got one for each of my girls for Christmas and I have a website with a ton of recipes for this so I don't have to buy all the mixes all the time

What about one of those drawing tables - where you can enlarge a pic and trace it and then color to make cards and stuff

Art sets/craft sets - my girls are getting a box of a ton of art supplies - construction paper, feathers, eyes, puff balls, colored sticks, pieces of fabric & ribbons, etc to create whatever they want with.

Jewelry making kit to make bracelets that fit their wrist!

Shrinky Dinks is a fav here and they are getting some refills for their oven

Board games are good at this age...

They are each getting water babies from my sis - they love to take 2 hour bubble baths and now they can take the dolls in with them. They also love to play in the pool in summer so they can take them in there too

Light bright is a hit here too

They are each getting that Pegasus Head that you do it's hair and makeup - they love to play beauty parlor on me so this will give them someone else to practice on when I am busy LOL

How about a subscription to Highlights Magazine - they are getting this from my mom for Christmas

Hope some of that helps


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Tue, 12-06-2005 - 4:46pm

a couple of other magazine ideas - Ranger Rick or Ladybug are good too, my dd loves them!

Also, what about an experience gift - take her to the ballet, a show, a museum, the "big city" (wherever is closest to you), an overnight trip somewhere? That's what we do, and the kids LOVE it!

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Wed, 12-07-2005 - 11:02pm

I am sooo with you! It's even WORSE for boys! I guess other than physical stuff, there's musical things...making music through instruments, CD's etc.

I am investing in building and science kits. Tre loves them and they aren't done over a computer or nintendo game cube nor playstation, and he doesn't have to watch it on TV either! UG!!

At Target I bought the Sea Monkeys kit. Remember those? I am also investing in the pins shapes thingies...when you put your hand under them, it make sthe shape of your hand....not sure I explained that right. LOL!

ANyway, as I go,

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Thu, 12-08-2005 - 11:20am
Thanks Janet..that does help. I should look beyond conventional toy stores. I did actually look at the discovery store. But nothing caught my interest. Great site for boys though.
I did make my first purchase yesterday. I bought the Disney Scene It game. I had to hit about 6 online stores to find one in stock, but I finally found it. If anyone is looking for a great site with is great.
Today, I am going to find a site that sells a large collection of cookie cutters. I want to split them between the girls, then make a big batch of homemade playdough for them.
For my oldest DD I have been working on printing out pages to laminate (at the local UPS store) and make a sticker book for her. She loves collecting stickers, but they usually end up stuck where I don't want them to be.
Thank you all for the great ideas...
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Thu, 12-08-2005 - 2:15pm

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