Large but inexpensive item for dd?

(28 Posts)
llynnnn Sat 16-Nov-13 21:15:01

Does anyone have an idea for a 'big box' item for my 4 year old dd which doesn't cost much?

We thought we were done with the dd's presents, but looking at dd1's pile of quite large items (inc desk, stool, lego sets), dd2 items of furby, Barbie, puzzle ball looks small!

Just looking for something to equal out the pile sizes for Christmas morning!
Thanks

AChickenCalledKorma Sat 16-Nov-13 21:17:09

How about a cardboard box containing a helium balloon? I did this once for a child of a similar age, and the look on her face when it rose up out of the box was priceless smile.

Pop up tent?

Has she outgrown happyland? They have a fairly big treehouse down from 50 to £25. Use XMAS20 for 20% off and free click and collect smile

ShatnersBassoon Sat 16-Nov-13 21:18:15

I don't think you need to. Unless younger dd also wanted a desk, she won't care that her sister's present is bigger.

NumTumRedRum Sat 16-Nov-13 21:19:24

A beanbag or maybe a pop up tent (popped up!). I like the helium ballon idea although I don't fancy your trip to get it filled on christmas eve. Have you ever seen the cardboard playhouses you can colour in yourself?

NumTumRedRum Sat 16-Nov-13 21:25:12

cardboard playhouses - they even have a rocket! Start around £35. That might be too much for an extra present but you might get cheaper versions on ebay or amazon.

movingaway Sat 16-Nov-13 21:28:03

I got each of my DDs the zhu zhu puppies set from tesco that was on the christmas bargains thread- reduced to 7.50 from 30 quid! I was v impressed by how much stuff you get in the set, you could just wrap the big box it comes in for delivery! m.tesco.com/mt/www.tesco.com/direct/zhu-zhu-puppies-value-pack-assortment-colours-styles-may-vary/635-6966.prd

mamij Sat 16-Nov-13 21:34:54

You could fill a big cardboard box up with arts and craft things, pom poms, feathers, pipe cleaners, pencils, glitter glues etc.

Leeds2 Sat 16-Nov-13 21:37:39

A spacehopper.

fuzzpig Sat 16-Nov-13 21:38:59

I agree it is really unlikely that your DD will notice the difference in size as she will be too busy marvelling at her furby grin

But this play tunnel is only £12 - my DCs have similar and love it!

LoganMummy Sat 16-Nov-13 21:39:55

Could you not put one of her presents in a box, then put that box in a bigger box etc so it just looks bigger?

llynnnn Sat 16-Nov-13 21:49:06

Wow thank you for all the repliessmile Really helpful and lots to think about

Part of me really does think she won't even notice as all the gifts she has got are much wanted, but.... blush

fuzzpig Sat 16-Nov-13 21:52:21

It's ok llynnnn you are just feeling The Twitch.

Happens to the best of us grin

LegoAcupuncture Sat 16-Nov-13 21:56:56

Asda have a lovely wooden market stall for £25. It's not on the website but in store.

frazzled74 Sun 17-Nov-13 01:13:10

The works have big cardboard castle playhouse to colour for £7 ,looks big and impressive.

jamtoast12 Sun 17-Nov-13 09:29:02

I've had this issue a few times and space hoppers inflated look huge and have gone down well. Or big art set ...like the b&m ones for £5

NannyPlumForPM Sun 17-Nov-13 13:35:43

God we can't start twitching already fuzzpig - it cost me £140 last year hmm

Blu Sun 17-Nov-13 13:37:17

lidl are about to get play kitchens for £26.
And cardboard play houses (small shed sized) to decorate /colour in yourself for £7.

Blu - where are the playhouses from please?

Ooh, you said Lidl. Sorry.

MARGUERITE18 Sun 17-Nov-13 16:52:35

PILLOW PET smile Its a pillow, its a pet its a pillow pet, you can get pillow pet knock offs from home bargains, b&m, the works and ebay for around £7 smile they are big smile

Bean bag from ebay I have seen these for £15

big framed photo of disney character/ celebrity from the market for £5

big bag of playballs £5 in argos

big long tube of jaffa cakes £3

hope this helps op smile

llynnnn Sun 17-Nov-13 18:57:15

Really helpful suggestions thank you all smile

Do I get the first twitcher of the season award? hmm really hope it won't cost anywhere near £140 though!!

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