What did you get for DCs if you didn't get them a tablet/kindle/ipod/gadget ??

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Demolicious Thu 27-Dec-12 13:03:28

Just had fabulous Christmas and Boxing Day, lots of food/games/family. Nieces and nephews aged 6 to 11 got given the above from their parents, mainly to stop DCs running their parent's phone/ipad batteries down. We didn't get these for ours, mainly because we already have laptops in the house, DH's ipad, xbox, ipod, etc, which are used by everyone, and because there were other things on their list. We did suggest kindles but they said they didn't really need one because even though they read alot, kindles aren't allowed in school and hence they couldn't put reading books on there and take to school. They don't mind carrying books around.
Just wondering what else people bought for their 10-13 year olds ? DCs are fine, it's just me, I am feeling really awful right now and feeling like a terrible parent.

dementedma Thu 27-Dec-12 20:12:55

10 year old Dcs did get a new joystick for his Xbox, but also clothes, books, a CD, a nerf gun, a pin art game and puzzles. No phone,iPad, iPod .

beachyhead Thu 27-Dec-12 20:16:19

DS who is 11, got a tool box, ropes, a hatchet, Swiss Army knife and tarpaulins etc. he's made a zip wire and his auntie went down there tonight!!!!

dementedma Thu 27-Dec-12 20:37:35

Ooh beachy, my Ds would love that. He got a Ray Mears survival guide and a book on knots and a compass. I'm not going to tell him about the death slide!

TreadOnTheCracks Thu 27-Dec-12 20:43:47

Ds, almost 6, got scaletrix as his main present, also Lego.

DD 7.7 got a we sing game and disco light, a lego house, a few clothes, lots of books.

Kinora Thu 27-Dec-12 20:52:22

DD aged 15 - remote controlled helicopter, cds and dvds.

DD aged 12 - jewellery, stuff for bedroom, bags

Neither wanted anything like an ipad etc so I took advantage and had the cheapest Christmas that I've had for a long time. I did have a bit of a wobble in the week before but they got what they asked for and were happy with their haul.

Takver Thu 27-Dec-12 20:53:14

DD is 10, she didn't get a single 'big present' - mainly because we were going to buy her a surfboard but she has been given one on long term loan!

Instead she got some books, a wooly hat with fleece inner, a wii game and a new dressing gown (latter an 'extra' as she desperately needed one so would have had it anyway IYSWIM). She seemed very happy with all the above smile

What she would really like is the VW to go with the surfboard, but she's got a few years to wait yet grin

OrangeforDd Thu 27-Dec-12 23:09:16

Ds just 17 was given a dart board. We've all had great fun today...now we've managed to secure it to the wall...it's incredibly heavy!!
grin

BeaWheesht Thu 27-Dec-12 23:33:44

Ds is just turned 6 he got imaginext batman stuff, spiderman costume and crap accessories, star wars vehicles, hexbug, playmobil.

My mum did get him a wii and he's been very chuffed with it but his favourite present by FAR has been a cowboy hat that cost me 50p at a car boot grin

Dd is 2 y 3m she got baby annabell, mr tumble doll and a wooly the spider.

BeaWheesht Thu 27-Dec-12 23:34:33

Ds is just turned 6 he got imaginext batman stuff, spiderman costume and crap accessories, star wars vehicles, hexbug, playmobil.

My mum did get him a wii and he's been very chuffed with it but his favourite present by FAR has been a cowboy hat that cost me 50p at a car boot grin

Dd is 2 y 3m she got baby annabell, mr tumble doll and a wooly the spider.

PearlyWhites Fri 28-Dec-12 10:13:18

Bea where did you buy woolly from?

SavoyCabbage Fri 28-Dec-12 10:30:58

Marbulous marble run
Mandala
Toy dog agility set
Detective set (that I had to invent as there is no such thing) with notebook and pencil, trilby, false mustache, glasses, white gloves and pipe.

ByTheWay1 Fri 28-Dec-12 18:36:37

presents they liked the best:

A watch for my 12 yr old dd - old fashioned analogue watch, so she can tell the time when waiting for lessons/the bus etc... hasn't taken it off yet.

Harry Potter UNO for 10 yr old dd - keeps trying to beat her competitive dad

(present I liked best - a home made coupon for "A moment of peace and quiet")

rubyrubyruby Fri 28-Dec-12 18:39:58

iPhone
Laptop
TV

ouryve Fri 28-Dec-12 18:43:50

9yo got a lot of lego. His big present was this, which took him a good 2 days to build.
www.amazon.co.uk/LEGO-Technic-9395-Pick-Up-Truck/dp/B005KIQ2YA/ref=sr_1_12?s=kids&ie=UTF8&qid=1356720042&sr=1-12

LilyBolero Sat 29-Dec-12 13:33:51

Our kids are 11,9,6,2. They got a little bit of lego, books, a CD each (either orchestral or choir), that sort of thing really.

Nothing electronic at all!

myron Sat 29-Dec-12 20:17:14

DS (9) got Lego Technic, compact camera (big hit!), Skylander figures & books.
DD (nearly 6) got roller skates, Barbie mermaids and craft sets.

ThreeBoostsOneGalaxy Sat 29-Dec-12 20:20:48

Board games, books, Wii games, Lego.

queenofthepirates Sat 29-Dec-12 20:24:01

DD got five balloons filled with rice and sequins from me. She loves them! She's only 1 btw and I'm saving for future years.

BeaWheesht Sat 29-Dec-12 21:02:40

Pearlywhites - iwantacampervan on here made him for me grin

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 29-Dec-12 21:10:17

Dd (11) did get an iPad from her grandparents but she was equally as excited at the seeing machine and portable ballet barre we bought her. She also got £20 clothes gift voucher

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 29-Dec-12 21:11:59

Oh and we also bought her a ted baker themed make up set. & Bloch cosmetics carrier.

swanthingafteranother Sat 29-Dec-12 22:14:09

Dd (10) clothes, boots, craft kits, beanbag, cds, books
Ds2 (10) cheap video camera, Lego, Cd player/radio (which is permanently tuned to 5 live sport!) Loop the Loop car track thingy (with matchboxy type cars)
Ds1 (12) Nerf gun, cds, Bean bag

No ipads or ipods or kindles here. Dh has one, and we've decided ds does better with books after a few kindle reads which he has not really taken in. They had ipod shuffles but lost them!

SandStorm Sat 29-Dec-12 22:18:05

DD (9) got a book, some clothes, some nail polish and a paper weaving kit.
DD (14) got a book, some clothes, a manicure set (inc. polish)

They got a WII game to share.

We're not hard up and could easily have afforded ipads etc for them but they just don't need them. They're happy with books and clothes and (for DD2) toys still. I'm not in a rush for them to grow up too fast.

SandStorm Sat 29-Dec-12 22:19:23

That's a Wii game - not a war game!

LadyLetch Mon 31-Dec-12 12:37:23

My DDs did get tablets from their grandparents, but from us they had had Olympic tickets in the summer, so we didn't do major gifts thus year. My DD (9) got 7 framed pictures (of Nadia Comaneci, Louis Smith, her with Beth Tweddle and some professional pictures that were taken of her whilst she was competing), a silver ring (one of her favourite presents - a bargain at £6!), a holder to hang all her medals on and a new leotard. She also got a beam as a joint present with her sister from her other grandparents.

Other gifts she liked were: board games, bingo, clothes, books about gymnastics, music CDs and Heelies.

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