Ipad mini and nothing else?

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DD1 is 7 (march birthday) and has been asking for an ipad mini for months now. I have explained to her that if she wants it for Christmas that she can but that will be it. MY budget per child is maximum of £250 (I have 4 dc). I can get this in budget as have JL discount so would leave about £15 to buy a couple of extra bits.

My question is does that seem really mean?

She would get the stocking which we say is rom father Christmas for the younger ones and mummy and daddy buy the other presents and fc delivers them. The stocking contains small items such as xmas socks, stickers, chocolate lollipop, pens pencils, maybe a magazine or small book.

She will also get lots of presents from relatives and friends.

My main concern is that it wont look much when her older brothers and younger sister are opening probably twice as many presents. the boys will have 5 or 6 presents, ps3 games, Hollister/superdry etc hoodie as they are teens and her sister is younger and so has a dolls pram baby annabell, garage with cars.

Is she old enough to understand or should I break the budget and spend £30-40 on other stuff she loves such as a handbag, purse, monster high doll.

The budget is there for fairness not for affordability, also I am not comfortable with spending thousands on each child for no reason other than its Christmas.

Ragwort Fri 25-Oct-13 08:24:44

Of course it's fine although amazed at the amount you spend on Christmas presents for your children

My DS (much older than your DD grin) wanted a PS3 last Christmas and understood he had to put half towards it and that was all he got from us, he was delighted.

OneLittleToddleTerror Fri 25-Oct-13 09:16:00

Want to add I'm sure it's 3-4 years after they have stopped selling the model before they stop supporting it.

Android doesn't fair much better if you look at samsung's update records. Lots of phones and tablets can't get jelly bean.

I'm sure you'll get a good few years use out of the ipad mini 1. Tbh I have an old 1st or 2nd gen ipod and I let my toddler use it until it got dropped into water.

I would do it. I have the original iPad mini and, even if I wasn't skint, there is nothing on the new one that makes me want to update. I'm an Apple fangirl so would be updating like a shot if finances allowed and if it was worth it. She'll get a good few years out of it yet.

Mrspebble Fri 25-Oct-13 09:48:19

Defo try and sell the other bits, like them unused DS..
Could you buy things of practical use for her to increase presents without too much expense, like a nice lunchbox, socks, pens for school etc. home bargains and poundshop presents.

The old version would be totally fine at that age.

Im often told my budget per child is small? Ragwort. I think its a large budget although doesn't go far with teens/older ones. Usually for the girls, who this year are 7 and 4 I get away with spending far less.

I've picked up a coupld of pieces in saisnburys half prie toy sale a sparkly crown for 99p, princess necklace nd clip on earrings 99p, monster high doll set for £11, moshi monsters tin for £4, so even without selling her ds or ipod touch im just about on budget as JL discount is 12.5% on electricals.

One down 3 to go grin

thanks everyone, and especially for the advice re the longevity of the older ipad mini.

Ragwort Fri 25-Oct-13 12:47:48

There is a huge range of budgets for Christmas presents on mumsnet and I guess if something is miles out of your own league that it can either appear over generous or miserly grin - obviously without knowing someone's individual circumstances it is best not to comment.

Personally I would feel uncomfortable spending more than £50-75 on my DS's Christmas presents (he is 12) - its not that we can't afford it, but it is not how we choose to spend our money. But that's a decision that suits our family and as long as no one gets into debt it shouldn't be an issue. smile

Totally agree ragwort. grin

fairimum Mon 28-Oct-13 10:54:43

the original ipad mini has been dropped in price to £249, we have just ordered 2 of these for our children and they will only be getting these and their stockings. no need for the new one is hardly any different x

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 28-Oct-13 10:57:30

ragwort my own DD is only 2 so I won't be spending more than £50-£75 either. But I can see that at some point in the future I'll buy her tablets and computers. If I am not buying her one of these in christmas, she'll still get them anyway. So I don't see it as extravagent to buy one.

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 28-Oct-13 10:58:29

Obviously there's the alternative to give my DD a hand me down from us, but I'll still have to buy myself a new one and spend the money anyway?

jamtoast12 Mon 28-Oct-13 11:35:05

In principal I think its totally fine as a lot of money but on the day I know my dd would be very disappointed if that's all she got. Kids say they understand the money aspect etc but on the day I expect it'll be different.

fairimum Mon 28-Oct-13 11:35:12

we have done the handme down thing with great results, just buy a new hardwearing case to go on it, chiildren thrilled and i def think adults get more out of the more upto date technology that children do... unless teenagers etc who want to be playing games that use the newer technology.

OneLittleToddleTerror Mon 28-Oct-13 11:46:59

I've already bought a hardwearing case for my own ipad mini. DD delights in telling me it's 'my tab'. No she's not getting own one anytime soon.

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