I wouldn't worry Yourhand, last year my dd was lusting after an ipod touch,which we got her, plus other presents, so it came to a tidy sum. She has smashed the screen played with it every day since, despite the cracked screen (it still works).
This year She is totally non-committal on the xmas present front, she still has her badly cracked ipod, which she loves and has only asked for a few things. Ds1 is the same, all he wants is skylanders, that is it.
Makes it hard to choose xmas presents tbh.
Refutes the ever expanding Santa list though, they have both mentioned a tablet or 3ds, but in passing. Neither is that keen that they nag me.
I haven't a clue tbh. I really haven't, I could get them a tablet or 3ds, but I reckon they would be a bit meh. I give up.
We did have them but she lost a few (which caused a few meltdowns) i hae been looking for some on e-bay but they seem to go for loads, i managed to find some wooden letters on amazon which have little eyes on them. She does sound so similar to your ds yesterday she told me the story of jack and the beanstalk with some puppets which came with the cbeebies magazines and she let me join in (by saying 'and mother said...'), i was almost crying as she has never done this before. She's now asking for lego starwars and she wants a lemonaide stand like the one on the american express add , i could easily buy her lots more but must control myself.
DS loves play dough too. I always think my DS sounds very similar to your DD2. The imaginative play is a lovely milestone isn't it. I used to get all teary seeing other kiddies playing so imaginatively with their toys.
He has some alphablocks he got with a CBeebies special comic that he likes to play with/arrange. Might be worth keeping an eye out on ebay if she doesn't already have them. You could even try emailing? I once emailed them when we got the Octonauts Cbeebies special comic, and DS kept getting soo worked up that the free little figures didn't stand up properly, they sent a pack full of different comics to say sorry! They might have back issues or spare pack of alphablocks lying about?
dd2 is the same (just started imaginary play) so i keep buying play sets, she loves the Octonauts too and alpha blocks (hard to find anything to do with alpha blocks other than books), have also bought her a years worth of playdough she gets through so much.
There is another reason I have got carried away I think - it's only very recently that DS has started playing imaginatively. This is very exciting. Instead of turning a toy vehicle upside down and spinning the wheels around with it close to his eyeball, he is "driving" the vehicle around. I'm very excited about this. It's something most parents take for granted but is a huge thing for DS to start doing.
Marne I remember talking to you before on the SN threads (I namechange regularly).
It's so lovely to see their little faces light up, and to see them actuallyplaying with something isn't it. DS loves lego so he's got some more bits of that. It adds up but it will last for years and he gets lots of play out of it.
I don't drive so a push bike each is a bit of a necessity. He enjoys riding it finally and it burns a bit of energy off him too!
They skylanders - he would never entertain any console games but having an innotab strengthened his confidence enough to try out a wii game - I'm relieved as most of his interests are still very young (Thomas, Octonauts) so this is something where he can fit in with his peers by having an interest in common.
I think i get carried away as both of my dd's have Autism, i love seeing there faces when they open a present which they realy want and i often feel like spoiling them as life can be quite tough for them.
I think its ok as long as its things you know they will get lots of play out of, a bike will get used a lot as will the skylanders (when the weather is nice he can use the bike, when its wet he can play the skylanders).
He won't notice/remember which presents are from santa and which are from mummy. If I had to put an age on his understanding of xmas/budgets/expectations I'd say at the moment he's maybe at about 4 yrs.
My sister said the same about them sometimes needing one off big things. Was just shocked when I added it all up I think. I've not got myself in debt or anything (refuse to do so over something like xmas) so it's not like I've been recklessly spending.
I have just started him with pocket money a few months ago (£3 a week) and it's working well. Sometimes he blows it on a Cbeebies comic and other times he's saved up for weeks to get a toy he's wanting.
I think it's all realtive isn't it. I have spent a fair bit on my two for Christmas, but I don't spend a huge amount on them during the year. DS is 13 and he has £30 pocket money a month, 12 of that he saves, the rest is his spending money, if he wants something or he wants to go somewhere he pays for it out of his pocket money.
I still buy his clothes and toiletries and if we go out as a family I pay for him, but if he wants to go out with friends or buy a magazine etc - he pays. But in order to get that pocket money he has to help around the house, if he doesn't help enough he doesn't get money. (this never happens though, but he knows it would if he didn't do as asked.) I think that has tought him the value of things and how to manage his money and how important it is to earn it. So I feel I can spoil a bit at Christmas.
DD is 9 and she gets leass pocket money and helps a little around the house, she has the same deal, you earn pocket money. And I have spoilt her for Christmas as well.
But I am firm with them during the year - I remind them how much they have spent, how much they have left for rest of month, if they have to save any for anything etc. DS now has a current account and debit card so is begining to manage his own money. If they see something they want but haven't got any money left - tough you have to wait till next pocket money day.
I have told my two they both have one big present and the only reason they have it is becasue I got a bonus at work and they know this is unusual and not to expect it every year. They then have 8 stocking present's (from Santa of course), 8 under the tree from DH and I and 8 in their Christmas Eve hampers which is a new idea for this year and consistes of PJ's, robes, slippers and hot chocolate bits and pieces and popcorn for christmas Eve movie night.
All depends on age as well doesn't it, mine are old enough to understand.