Easy presents for assortment of toddlers/young kids

(14 Posts)
moggle Thu 26-Nov-15 13:48:03

Every Christmas we spend at least a day at DH's aunt and uncle's house and end up seeing some subset of their 4 kids and their total 7 kids (they are mostly between 1.5-4 years old, boys and girls). We never know who's going to actually be there the day we go, so we buy all the kids a present but most of the gifts just get left there for their next visit and we don't even hear if they even made it to the recipient never mind if they liked it or not. I don't mind spending the money - and it's always reciprocated to our kids (though my DD has only had 1 christmas) but it's the time that I put into trying to buy each individual child something they'll like, and then knowing it's just another piece of Peppa / Frozen plastic that will get tossed on the pile as soon as they get home.

So in an effort to simplify things, any ideas for easy and not too bulky presents that they (and/or their parents!) will like, around the £5-10 each mark. Am very happy to buy them all the same thing! Thanks in advance!! santa

RhinestoneCowgirl Thu 26-Nov-15 13:50:25

My go to small present for this age group is always a torch...

Chunky magnifying glass is good too

wiltingfast Thu 26-Nov-15 13:53:18

Why not buy a board game that could be left at your aunt and uncles house for everyone to enjoy? Or a board game per family?

wiltingfast Thu 26-Nov-15 13:54:07

Mine really like the Jake gamecandctheybate in that age bracket.

R0nJ0n Thu 26-Nov-15 14:00:34

In our family we all give a set amount of money per child (£7.50 I think at the moment) to the child's parents, who then put the money together to buy the child one big present they know they really want. I know it seems to take some of the fun out of gift buying, but with nine children to buy for ranged between four and sixteen it makes sense.

WhenTheDragonsCame Thu 26-Nov-15 14:01:02

How about a hot water bottle? ASDA has some with animal covers for £5 each.

A CD with plays songs with their name in, like this

EnglishWeddingGuest Thu 26-Nov-15 14:00:43

My go to are:

Paint
www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00FY2O79O/ref=mp_s_a_1_15?qid=1448546173&sr=1-15&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=clay&dpPl=1&dpID=51uLituFqgL&ref=plSrch

Clay
www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00BEW2EBG/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1448546283&sr=1-2&pi=SX200_QL40&keywords=clay&dpPl=1&dpID=51DrxnxcUaL&ref=plSrch

Or stuffies
www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00U2OKSQU/ref=mp_s_a_1_9?qid=1448546393&sr=8-9&pi=AC_SX110_SY165&keywords=stuffed+toys

DoveOfPeace Thu 26-Nov-15 15:06:45

Play doh

Some cheap bits and bobs from Tiger and Home Bargains. Tiger have some nice little soft toy dogs for £3 each.

Picture books from The Works or Poundland.

Cheap disney dvds.

emmaMBC Thu 26-Nov-15 15:51:47

Picture books - most definitely!! Robin's Winter is new out this year.
You could also look at Refuge which is quite stunning, plus a large chunk of the money goes to charity.

moggle Thu 26-Nov-15 16:06:27

Ah thanks for the ideas everyone! Some really good ideas which i will use and file away for future Christmases.
Think I will get a shared game for the one older pair (boys of 11 and 9), maybe castle panic after seeing it recommended on the board game thread.
Torches and magnifying glass is an ace idea for the slightly older ones and perhaps stuffed animals for the two littlest.
And a trip around Tiger which is always a treat for me if I can ditch DD beforehand... they don't make those shops for buggies do they.

I bought one of those Tiger dogs recently. They really are v lovely!

Winifredgoose Thu 26-Nov-15 18:21:14

Orchard toys puzzles and games esp tummy ache and shopping game.
Books
Duplo
These are the things I would always appreciate.

Wildernessrock Thu 26-Nov-15 18:23:14

I would buy them all a pair of pyjamas- they always get used!

nocutsnobuttsnococonuts Thu 26-Nov-15 18:45:38

my go to present is a busy book (book with playmat and 12 figures usually around £5 in most supermarkets) or sticker book/colouring book and pens (the works or pound shop is fantastic for those)

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