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Dec. 1st, 2008

06:21 pm - Trains, trains and trains!

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Hey Feb OhFive! It's Holiday time again...what, if anything, are you purchasing for your child this Holiday season?

Nico didn't show much interest the past 2 years and we kept everything low key. This time he'll be with his Dad for the actual special day that we celebrate, so I guess I could just coast through again and keep it low, low key, but...I got him a "flat screen" lite brite and a sack of wooden pillars that are for building a marble maze.

I know he wants some toy that he's seen on TV a couple of times (we don't really watch The Tube much at all, very sparingly really) because he's called me VERY excitedly both times it was shown on commercial to come downstairs immediately (like, he would have preferred that I RUN) to see the glory and greatness of some new Thomas toy...*sigh*

Teenagers are a different story! One wants a laptop and the other wants a Les Paul. Hello? lol, Mom is not made of $ here!!!

Anyway, just wondering if any of you want to share your Holiday kid buying ideas. Although I got Nico's two presents at a locally owned toy shop, I refused to set foot in stores on Black Friday nor will my shoes be gracing stores any other day between now and the first week of January...any shopping I do will be online.

:)
Kat

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From:littleravyn
Date:December 2nd, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
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Hi. We're getting Gabriel a tool set, a wooden dinosaur puzzle, and a Tag (reading pen thing by leapfrog) (from my parents). Adrian (April '07) is getting an Elmo live and an easier wooden animal puzzle.
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From:kathykat
Date:December 2nd, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
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I was thinking two or three things also...I dunno...when the teenagers were little (they are 17 and 18 now) I recall getting them tons of gifts! But, I think alot of that was for my enjoyment to see them opening things! At MY current age and stage, I need more simplicity!!!

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From:littleravyn
Date:December 2nd, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
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When I was little my Christmases were always huge and full of gifts... until my sixteenth birthday and I got my violin. I want my children to really appreciate whatever they get especially if the economy continues the way it has been. Hopefully then when they do get a lot of something BIG it seems that much more special. (We don't have much money right now. Does anyone?) Teenagers are hard. How do you do it? :o/
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From:kathykat
Date:December 2nd, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
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Lol, Teenagers ARE difficult, but if you keep your ears open you know what they want and like...not sayin' it's easy!!

I noticed that mostly after Freshman year they were into electronics and clothes...the little things go into their stockings, although those are so much easier to find for my girl than my boy! (lotions, lip glosses, Hello Kitty things, etc)

I don't want my kids, any of them, to have a sense of entitlement...I've always tried to help them be aware of what they do have in terms of how others sometimes have to live. And, insofar as the every day, I noticed that too many things began to own us after a while rather than us owning the things.

I think my kids turned out a bit of alright, and even though they do sometimes have classic teenaged behaviors, I feel blessed and lucky to have them. Ah, now I've gone and rambled on!!!
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From:feelingfroggy80
Date:December 2nd, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
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We got Elizabeth a v-smile tv gameing system... it was on sale for 20 bucks couldn't pass it up. Art supplies,easle,a few Christmas DVD's,some odd's and end stuff... My inlaws got her the leapster,barbie piano,fisher price digital camera, and some other stuff but I am not sure what... Of course clothes... Grandma works at toysrus so she gets great deals... otherwise Elizabeth wouldn't be getting what she is getting. Oh I also got her some preschool learning books,writing pads,ext.. Good luck!
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From:kathykat
Date:December 2nd, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
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I think I may tell Nico's Dad about the Thomas toy...so far Nico has many many many of the wooden Thomas toys and a super great train table to use them on...do I really want to invest in a whole new line of Thomas? (Master Tracks or something...) Probably not!

how is the f.p. camera? probably really kid friendly? Nico has a camera, an old model digital that we had laying around. He actually really does like to take photos too! But it's not like he understand the settings or anything. I bet a kid camera would be a lot of fun.

Art supplies we have coming out the .... me being a Montessori teacher!! but there are so many fun art related things out there, always a good gift. :) Thanks for your input!
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From:gen_here
Date:December 2nd, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
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Most of their presents (little ones) come from scouring Goodwill - little cars and a wooden tractor and card games.

Their main present (combined) is a dress-up box. I hit the Target $1 spot for masks and Grocery Outlet for animal costumes before Halloween, Old Navy on Halloween for another costume, and Goodwill on 11/1 for what was left of their costumes on clearance (and with my birthday discount). They got some other pretend play toys from Walgreens (R's getting a tool belt and doctor kit, M's getting a mixer and tea set). And the whole family will have PJs that I'm making - though the adults are just getting the pants =)

So different from last year's "I won't buy anything from China" Christmas that we had. We've had zero income in months, so it's slim pickin's this year... but it has been fun looking for great deals for them!
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From:littleravyn
Date:December 2nd, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
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The Dollar Store (Tree?) is an amazing place for stocking stuffers if you do that...
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From:gen_here
Date:December 2nd, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
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We do! But the closest Dollar Tree is about 90 minutes from here - don't know if we'll be heading back before Christmas.

I've been doing what I call "Extreme couponing" since my husband lost his job. Freebies, rebates, all that stuff. So they'll each be getting some things from that (toothbrushes, Bonnie Bell lip smackers, candy - to counteract the toothbrushes I guess, that kinda stuff. But if we/I head back to Salem for any other shopping, I'll be sure to take a look around. Thanks!
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From:jasmines97
Date:December 2nd, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Lucas' big present from us this year is a bicycle. He loves the big wheel but he's ridiculously tall so he's getting to be too big for it - we decided that a bicycle would go over well and he'll enjoy it during the spring, summer, and fall (and heck, probably the winter - all bundled up!).

He's still VERY into dinosaurs so we've gotten him a few different dino things too. And some Thomas stuff. And many many many books! :)
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