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

(51 Posts)
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.

Zippylovesgeorge Thu 27-Dec-12 13:19:08

Mine didn't get them either. However they instead of a main present from us they each had £50 and then other money from GP's/relatives and hopefully once the shops are stocked with Ipads again they'll be buying one each smile

We don't do big electronic things as gifts. We prefer ours to save for them so they really appreciate them once they have them. Hence they look after their lappies/ipods/phones unlike some of their friends as they know how much they cost and the fact they won't be replaced if they lose them/want the next 'latest' thing.

Shesparkles Thu 27-Dec-12 13:24:24

My 10 yr old ds had a football goal for the garden, new football boots, football strip (sensing a theme here?), books, electronics kit type things, our town's Monopoly, Cluedo....
My 10 years old niece had an electric guitar as her main present.
It's quite easy to not do the kindle/console thing if they have other interests

RollerCola Thu 27-Dec-12 15:18:27

As much as my dd (10) would have loved an ipad, we discussed it and explained that if we'd bought one it would be a shared present and because of the cost it would have been her only present (from us)

She chose to have smaller presents and seemed quite happy with all the clothes she got - she's v fashion-conscious!

Ds is 6 and isn't really old enough to want one, although he does use the Wii a lot (which we've had for years) and is happy with his Skylanders games.

I do feel a bit bad when I hear dd telling me how many of her friends have iPads etc but then plenty don't as well. When we're ready to get one it'll be a family item and hopefully she'll appreciate the cost and the fact that we've had to save up.

thegreylady Thu 27-Dec-12 15:21:20

9 yr old dgd got a dolls house her 13 yr old sister got clothes (and a Blackberry) but my triumph was dgs aged 15 to whom we gave a plastic cube with a slot for money. It could only be opened by moving a ball bearing round a maze to release the catch. He said it was his absolute favourite present and took him ages to work. We kept putting small coins eg 20p Ito it so he could practise. He carried on just for fun when no one coughed up more money.

thegreylady Thu 27-Dec-12 15:22:00

Should have said we gave it with a 20 pound note inside :-)

snowmummy Thu 27-Dec-12 15:25:31

I think there are lots of more interesting gifts than a tablet, kindle etc. I'd rather pay for a sports course, buy games, art stuff, sports stuff, lego, books etc than encourage my DC to sit in front of a computer playing mindless games.

2kidsintow Thu 27-Dec-12 15:29:22

Mine got a TV as hers was broken (suddenly started playing in black and white a few months ago and she's put up with it til then.

For her birthday she wants her Dad to wire in an aerial as she can only use it at the moment as a DVD player (as with her sister's TV). She's enjoying watching a marathon of Red Dwarf DVDs this hol so far.

zandy Thu 27-Dec-12 15:30:53

13 yr old got a digital slr camera. And an electronics set. And a book of paper aeroplane patterns.

geogteach Thu 27-Dec-12 15:32:44

11 year old got cycling clothes, books about team sky and signed photo of Bradley Wiggins. 9 year old had clothes, Lego and a hair dryer and 8 year old had domino race and hex bugs. Ours have access to family iPad and eldest has touch but I don't believe they 'need' their own at this age.

cocolepew Thu 27-Dec-12 15:32:52

DD1 is nearly 15 and she got a game for her wii and a dvd boxset.

DD2 is 11 and got tickets to see JLS, next December shock

bruffin Thu 27-Dec-12 15:45:55

DD 15 got a dress which i had to order from US, tickets for All TIme Low or something like that, a lego Hogwarts Express train plus lots of stocking fillers.

DS 17 got expensive aftershave, clothes from All Saints and jumper from River Island, Neocube (huge success) plus quite a few stocking fillers.

I did comment to DH how not one of any of the presents we bought this year didnt need batteries grin

zeeboo Thu 27-Dec-12 15:52:04

17 yr old- Xbox games and clothes
14 yr old- cupcake maker, DVDs and clothes
12- year old Xbox games and a footie shirt.

Despite being a fairly techy family we rarely buy individual things like that for the DC - we tend to have family ones and share (partly because we can't afford it anyway and partly because I do think they're too expensive for a child to 'own' iyswim) My three got the Wii U as a shared present, then individual things like books, crafty stuff, smellies whatever.

reddwarf Thu 27-Dec-12 16:02:27

ds2, about to turn 12 got a scalextric or however it's spelt. It does plug in I suppose, but it's to play with someone else. He's delighted with it.

baahhumbug Thu 27-Dec-12 16:13:34

My 11 year old dd didn't get anything electronic either. She had clothes, a cd, a new school bag, books, nail varnish, a journal, cartridges for her fountain pen, and a money box.

baahhumbug Thu 27-Dec-12 16:15:40

Forgot to say that she does already have a netbook for homework and a Nintendo DS ) secondhand).

Heifer Thu 27-Dec-12 16:29:44

DD(just turned 9) would have loved an Ipad or Ipod Touch, but neither was realistic due to cost and also because I don' think a 9yr old really needs them.... However, I did buy her a DS when she was 6 so I may just be lying to myself to make myself feel better as I know we can't afford them just not grin..

She got for her birthday and Christmas:

Air hockey table
Remote Control Helicopter
Lava Lamp
Sylvanian House stuff

She seemed very happy although she did know she wasn't going to get Ipad or Ipod Touch so wasn't disappointed.

PolterGoose Thu 27-Dec-12 16:41:16

Ds 9.6 got Lego, books, triops, schleich dinosaurs, fossils and a bit of amber with bugs in, as well as little odds and sods. He has no interest in tech stuff apart from making powerpoints grin

phlebas Thu 27-Dec-12 16:46:34

my older two have access to a wii, ds, ipad, tablet and netbooks & dd1 has a kindle ... so I have no objections to electronic gifts but they have plenty of other interests smile

This year ds1 who is 6 got loads of Lego, books, dinosaur figures & a Lego game for the wii. dd1 (12) got drawing stuff, a huge pile of books (fiction, craft & cooking), a reading light & some money which she immediately spent on more books for her kindle! My brother & SIL gave her a ds game.

nancy75 Thu 27-Dec-12 17:51:41

Dd got a telescope a guitar an iPod dock and various toys, she already has an iPad and wouldn't want a kindle

lljkk Thu 27-Dec-12 17:59:21

Cash & Warhammer. I am trying to convince the 11yo to convert her cash into an iPod, but she's uninterested.

Demolicious Thu 27-Dec-12 19:15:47

It's great to hear that we are not alone. DH and I felt a bit in the minority at our family get together when kids were opening their pressies. I agree with most of you that some of things need to be saved up for even if they can be afforded in one hit, just so that kids appreciate the value.

phoebechicken Thu 27-Dec-12 20:02:14

DD (8.5) has access to my iPad and doesn't seem bothered about having her own gadgets. I did consider a Kindle Fire when I first heard about them, and separately thought about an Xbox Kinect for her and her sister (6) to share as a main present because they love my parents' one, but in the end I opted for the usual mountain of smaller presents under the tree approach. DD1 got craft kits (Blingles, charm bracelets etc), Lalaloopsies for her collection, Brave DVD, a Leapfrog globe, Sylvanians and various other bits and bobs. I'd consider a Kindle Fire for her 9th birthday if the price drops by then but I'd find it a bit sad not to buy her other bits and pieces as well!

GreatCongas Thu 27-Dec-12 20:10:02

Ds game 9
Lego 8
My little ponies 6
Gup x 3

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!!

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
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


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.

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.

Dancergirl Wed 02-Jan-13 23:45:19

Dd1 (11) - Camera (not sure if that counts as electronic or not), Hollister hoodie and craft kit

Dd2 (nearly 10) iPod touch and Matilda tutor doll

Dd3 (5.5) - unicorn huggle buddy, lego friends set, ballerina doll

I don't like too much electronic stuff too soon. My rule of thumb is, wait until they've wanted something for a year or so, they appreciate it more...and don't buy when they're too young. I can just about justify an iPod for a 10 year old if they've wanted one for a while....but a £300 ipad for a 6 year old?? No way.

picturesinthefirelight, tell me more about the ballet barre. I have a keen ballet dancer here!

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