Ideas for Santa

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Ideas for Santa
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Sun, 10-26-2003 - 8:26am
I'm really having a hard time this year coming up with a *wow* gift for the little ones to get from Santa.

Ages 4 & 5, boy and girl.

My best idea so far I think is a puppet theatre, and some puppets.

I see these things at the library, at dd's school, etc. but I have no idea if kids actually play with them. Do any of you have one, or have one at dc or anything like that? It's like $200 or so for the theatre alone (if I buy one at Toys R Us - was also thinking of maybe asking my grandpa to build one cheaper and painting it up myself...), and the puppets seem to range about $10 and up. My thinking on this is I would spend just as much on the barbies and hot wheels they want, but they already have these things and so I want it to be special... Then again, I don't want to disappoint them in not getting them the barbies and hot wheels, LOL - In your opinion, would this likely be a hit considering their ages? They are growing more boy-like and girl-like everyday, this might be my last chance for a *combined* Santa gift!

Any other ideas?

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Registered: 11-20-2001
In reply to: jennamumm
Sun, 10-26-2003 - 11:11am

Yes, I have

 

Linda - wife, mother, grandmum                     &nb

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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: jennamumm
Sun, 10-26-2003 - 11:24am
Lol, my ds has a puppet theater and it was free! I built it out of a large cardboard box leftover from moving! Actually what I did was take 2 boxes and tape them together with heavy duty paint. I cut out a window and a small door in the back, and painted it. I painted curtains around the window, etc. Seriously, you could make one and do it up REALLY cute if you wanted to take the time without spending tons of $$. Paint it really nicely, add some fabric curtains and such, it could be very very cute and you'd still be able to buy the barbies and hot wheels :o)

dj

Dj

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Registered: 12-12-2002
In reply to: jennamumm
Sun, 10-26-2003 - 1:11pm

Hmmm...I think it would really depend on the kids, and your family dynamics.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Registered: 07-06-2003
In reply to: jennamumm
Tue, 10-28-2003 - 6:07pm
My parents got my children a puppet theatre and puppets last year for Christmas. It was a big hit the first few weeks. Then, like most of their toys, it was stored away to come out on occasion. They always go back to the barbies, hot wheels or computer games. I do think it was a great gift that encouraged creativity. They would take snack orders, give us tickets and seat us for the big show. It was always interesting to see what they came up with.