What 'big' present are you getting DC?(90 Posts)
If you do big presents, at all. We don't every year but this year we are getting:
DS1 (7) table football
DS3 (2) kitchen
Really struggling with DS2 (5).
They also all have birthdays very soon after Christmas.
We also know that DS1 and DS2 would like bikes, but we have no where to store although if I could guarantee we would go out on them they would be a good choice.
DS2 like sciencey things, nature and superheroes. I have thought about making him a boxful of bits tailored to his interests but I think at 5/6 he is just going to see a massive football table and think he hasn't got sonething like his brothers. He also is desperate to learn to play the guitar and would be made up with one but without having lessons first I am reluctant.
Anyway what are you all planning so I can get some inspiration or do you have any suggestions?
DD2 will be here by Christmas (DD1 will be 4). Baby obviously won't have a clue what's going on, so we're using the opportunity to buy a big trampoline for them both, and making clear it's a shared present so will hopefully avoid some of the later arguements.
Would he like a chemistry set? Or a microscope. I got given a child friend microscope one year, most used toy I ever had!
Big presents have always been joint in our house (unless something like a bike obv). Can the football table not be for them all to share?
I was thinking that MegBussett. It will really as it will be in the bedroom shared by DS1 and DS2. My only reservation is that football is DS1s passion and DS2 makes a point of claiming to hate it. He would however play it and have a ball. If we did do it as a joint present we could probably spend a bit more and I have seen one that comes with changing tops so they could also play table tennis,chess, air hockey etc.
This will only be the third year that we have done a big Santa present - they are always a surprise and for the foreseeable future I hope they will be a joint gift (DD 6, DS 4, play with pretty much all the same stuff ATM)
First year was a dressing up box which I'd filled with all sorts of random stuff, last year was a playmobil castle.
This year is the playmobil pyramid - I was going to leave it a couple of years but I found out it won't be made much longer so it's already sitting in our cupboard!
Dd1 wants a phone (14)
Dd2 wants a bike (11)
Dd3 (6) hasn't got a clue
My 2 dds do get a main present but they are not really aware of the cost so think dolls and itouches are comparable so some years theyve cost a lot, others less so. I consider their 'main' present to be the one thing they def want.
this year they are getting a wii between them but they don't know that! They'll ask for a main present but at 8&6 even their big stuff only cost about £40 each so ill get them too with the wii to share (poss 2nd hand if I see a good deal).
I'd get the guitar..dd age 5 got a real pink one for her bday.... (3/4 size!) for £35 in argos. She hasn't had lessons and I've no intention of either! She just enjoyed the fun aspect of putting on shows etc and its been worth it as it gets used most days.
Basketball set..hoop etc?
Telescope? Globe etc
No idea. But both DS and DD have birthdays between now and Christmas so will depend on what they get then.
My 5 year old wants one of those new robot dogs they are £60 so it's undecided yet as to if he gets it
From memory we normally do from Santa,a big present and a stocking then from us a few medium and smaller presents. This year Ds (5) Santa present is a 3dsxl and dd (will be 3) is a disney ultimate dream castle. The Ds was a bargain at £104 new from tescos and so was the castle (the new version is £199 in argos just now and I paid £20 for the older version 2nd hand off ebay-it has a couple of smaller bits missing and a couple of the clips on it are broken but dd won't notice the difference anyway. I also figured it wouldn't stay new for long and if I'd paid £200 I'd probably be too worried it would get damaged to let her play with it properly!
Ds 3.8 will be getting an innotab tablet as he loves the iPad and kindle.
Dd 1.4 will be getting, wait for it ....... nothing. She will have stocking fillers but has all of ds toys to play with. I want to get her a playhouse for her 2nd birthday, which is expensive, so she won't be missing out.
We got DS2 an innotab last year. I have been terrible about downloading stuff though so he actually uses the old laptop and iPad.
Note to self: must be better.
DS 4.6 is getting the Lego police station for his main present and a few other Lego sets to go with it.
Dd 2.2 is getting the playmobil school as her main present and a few other playmobil sets to go with it.
We're just really focussing on playmobil and Lego this year so they can add to it for birthdays and Christmases to coming as the house is coming down with all other kinds if toys.
Ds will be 13 in December will be havinf a new play station.
Dd1-9yo is having a tablet
Dd2-3yo just after Christmas is having a bike.
Never did joint presents before. Mine tend to like very different things.
Ds (8) a new Xbox (not the new one)
Dd1 (6) a Wendy house
Dd2 (will be newborn) a play gym
I'm also stuck on presents
I have DS3s 1st bday on the 17th December
Then Xmas for 7yo,4yo and 1yo DSs
Then DS2s 5th bday on the 30th December.
I know I'm getting DS1 and 2 a bike each for Xmas but thats it lol
I suppose DS3 will be easily pleased as hell only be 1yo
But then what do I get DS2 for his bday?
And also don't know what else to get for DS1 and 2 for Xmas besides the bikes
DS (2.5) is getting the elc rescue center that I got in the sale last year for £57. Dd (1) is getting a rag doll.
Probably kindle fires for all of them. We now do : one decent present from us and a morning stocking of teeny bits plus one or two things from their Santa lists. They will be 6, 8, and 15. 11 yr old ds has already had a kindle.
This year birthday presents were 25 quid each so feel justified in big present this year.
DS 8yo would like the new skylanders swap force, but not sure for DD 5yo, she never asks for anything and I always feel we end up buying for the sake of it. She really likes her shoes collection so may e lots of party shoes!
Nintendo DS. One each so there's no arguing. Amazon do 2 refurbished DS's and 10 games for £140 so that's Christmas sorted. We only get them their main present because they get so much from family they don't need loads from us too.
DD aged 5 would like a tablet or something but she's getting a bike! DD aged 9 is a bit tougher as she likes small fiddly things....
Mike what kind of tablet will you get?
Helentres - we always buy
Pjs (they open Christmas Eve)
Clothes for the day
DVD (again sometimes on the Eve)
I think if they are getting bikes, then smaller/stocking type things would be nice. Or helmets and accessories for the bike.
We have a very generous set if GPs, an uncle and two aunts so we don't buy them that much, plus their birthdays are straight after Christmas where they get even more so we tend not to get then much.
Noisy toys that is a great deal. Filing that away for later. They are currently happy to play DSS and things at friends play dates but it is only a matter of time.
And, although I know they will love the games table I think there is a teeny tiny bit silent protest from me but they bloody love the laptop and iPad.
My 2 older ones LOVE noisy toys haha brother is always buying them stuff that makes a lot of noise as he knows it drives me mad! Haha
If bikes are main present I would get them something else (could be little) that they can definitely play with on the day - just in case it's too snowy/rainy to try them out, it might be quite disappointing to have nothing new to play with IYSWIM!
They're both after those talking minions from despicable me. Although they're quite popular at the moment and may be hard to get hold of.
What does IYSWIM mean? Sorry, I'm kinda new to mums net.
IYSWIM - If you see what I mean.
Ah... I see what you mean now hahaha. Sorry, rubbish joke
Ours only really get one present and I don't normally even think a out it until Mid December at the earliest.
However I caught youngest ds looking at a marble run like this one, it was a similar price too! So may get that, only four presents left to buy now!
Ah I had a marble run like that when I was a kid. I saved up my pocket money and bought it from a car boot sale. I loved it!!!
I think my eldest had one like it that he bought home from a school toy fair.
Our youngest loves building things and was staring at one at his friends house with envy in his eyes!
DD has asked for a guitar. I thought about pre paying for a couple of lessons also and if she likes it then she can carry on lessons at a weekend.
It's nice that she doesn't want something techy!
We do the Christmas fairy who leaves a bag at the door with pj's and a DVD and something crafty for her to do
DD(4) would like a bed with a slide. Fine by us, she needs a new bed
Christmas fairy sounds like a good idea... Do you do this on Christmas Eve?
Dd1 is 8 and has got a Samsung galaxy tab 3 for her big present, ds will be 2 by Christmas and is getting a massive wooden train set and table, dd2 will be 4 months so will be getting a jumperoo/spinny seat thing
My nephew is 6 and seems to like skylanders a lot
I don't know what it is but it's popular
neo probably a nexus or a samsung. 7-10inch. I'll get it quite close to Christmas. There will probably be newer ones out by then.
We have bought a cheap android one and tbh its crap. Id rather pay a few £ more and knkw im getting something decent.
I am 26 and I still want a bed with a slide
I think a guitar is great idea OP! I know lots of people who just sort of taught themselves as kids, strumming away.
Ds1 is 6 and has asked for an mp3 player and Now thats what I call music that he saw the ad for. Will only get him a cheap one from argos, he doesnt want anything flashy! Saw moshi monster headphones on amazon and will get him the Phineas and Ferb soundtrack too. Apart from that he is getting lots of little things and we will get tickets to the panto the week before Xmas. Someone on here made a really good point, my ds cant remember what he got for christmas last year, but he remembers all the outings we went on and remembers what he bought in the Christmas market etc. So we will spend a bit extra on that instead.
Ds2 will be 2 on 8th Dec and we are getting him a balance bike. Will only get him Duplo and things like that for christmas.
A climbing frame. And a brother
They are getting cheap stockings and one smaller present each (like something costing £5 or so each) and then are sharing that. I'm so exciting because for years they've been begging. I've saved up for two years and won some money recently and I can't wait.
Excited, not exciting.
No idea! DS will be 19 months and at the moment his favourite toys are the stair gate and any drawers or cupboards. Humph.
I usually get a few big bits for DS (4) but this year he's getting a tablet. I'm going to put some interactive books and some games on it for him, and then just get a few little bits
A remote control Aston Martin, bought in a sale already.
He wants an I pad , he has saved birthday money so with all Christmas money and with my cash for chores scheme he may have enough.
I think DD would like a camera. She was pleased with Fisher Price Kid Tough mp3 player for her third birthday, and they do a camera too.
Re the fairy thing.
The PJs etc just appear on their bed from Santa after their Christmas Eve bath, usually he has left the DVD too. He sort of magicks it here, for want of a real word.
They love the PJs and get very excited. It was a MN suggestion from years ago.
I also like the hamper idea that some people had, a stocking just doesn't seem to fit anything in so am thinking about getting them a basket each with buts and pieces they love football/Star wars notebooks, pencils etc.
A few people have suggested the guitar might be a good idea. I might save it for his birthday in January.
If your looking for an iPad remember the apple shops do there only sale before Christmas
Ds 8 is desperate for a raspberry pi kit. I'm nagged on a daily basis about it already.
Ds2 is 9 mo and will be just turned one at Christmas so will get something like a scuttlebug.
But they also get a a stocking and some other gifts off Santa.
We buy them a token gift only. (Ha!)
DS will be 2.8 and might get a My First Scalextric set. Or Playmobil. I'd like a whole farmyard of decent quality animals but they're quite expensive.
I have no inspiration for DD who will be 4 months. Maybe a year's supply of clothing. DS had loads of baby toys and at 4mo she surely won't be showing a great deal of preference for one over another so we won't be able to get something based on her 'likes'.
DS turns 2 on 7th December - haha TheOnlyPink !
We've got him a Weebles treehouse for his birthday (in sales in April, gosh we're organised!)
Had thought about a balance bike but he's just been given a motorbike and scoots around on that, faster than roadrunner! Not sure it's worth getting a balance bike as well, we're not exactly flush either.
All presents sorted for children:
Ds1(8) playmobil future planet
Dd1 (will just be 6) playmobil school
Ds2 (3.5) playmobil pirate ship
Dd2 (13months) brio rocker
I have bought everything already. No idea how we are going to build all this bloody playmobil! Big presents and stockings from the big Fc. I think we will do the Christmas Eve hamper with pj's, book and an alarm clock each (they don't have any clocks yet and last year ds1 came in at 2 in te morning asking if it was time to get up yet).
Might try this Christmas fairy idea for Christmas Eve. Sounds like a good way to get them to stay in bed instead of coming down every 2 seconds asking if Santas been yet haha
I also wrap the living room door up. I put wrapping paper across the whole door held on with Sellotape. The kids absolutely love bursting through it on Christmas Day haha. Plus it stops them from sneaking in the room to try and guess what they've got before its time to even get up!
Just remember to leave the door open though...
My dad did this one year and forgot to open the door so when my brother, sister and went to run through the paper we crashed into the door x
Yes, the Christmas fairy arrives on Christmas Eve. She gets to our house about 3pm, about the time that dd is driving us insane
She knocks at the back door and we ask dd to answer it as we are busy!
And there is a gift bag with the pj's and other bits in it!
We also leave carrots and reindeer food out in the garden. A couple of years ago I had just got into bed and realised I hadn't emptied the plate of food and chomped on the blooming carrots!
Table tennis table for DS
New micro scooter for DD
Ds3 is getting non clothes related items for the first time this year. Last two years he has been pretty oblivious. He still won't really get it I don't think but he is ready for a few choice toys of his own now.
LOL helentres hope running into the door didn't hurt too much I would love to do the wrapping paper idea but our stairs lead straight into the living room (tiny house) - but I'm banking it for the future if we move.
Our jammies (we all get them now as it's quite easy to find funky adult trousers in Asda etc) arrive 'from the elves' around bedtime, usually they also deliver a nice tree decoration each which they can hang on the tree just before bed, although last year I couldn't find anything nice so they delivered a cuddly toy each for them to take to bed. Normally they arrive outside the front door, but we were out all Xmas eve last year so I stayed behind a few extra minutes as we left to arrange the things on the stairs and left a trail of stars from the front door!
Love the trail of stars and the wrapped up door idea.
Having spoken to DH last night we are now trying to work out if we can make the kitchen and games table before we go to bed and get into their rooms so they see them in the morning without waking everyone up, we live in a small flat.
It's just I sometimes find they don't always quite "get" what they have when they are in the box. Perhaps we can just put them up next to the tree.
Hi - a note of caution on second hand Wii though.... the early ones are now at the breaking down stage - the CD drive breaks and it is a b*&^&^& to replace (I've done 3 of them!) - so some unscrupulous private sellers are getting rid of broken ones - or ones near the end of life..... take care....
DS will be 4.3, and will get something playmobil - probably the fire engine, or police car. DD will be 18 months, so only getting her a small duplo train set - she won't care, but DS will!
OP with Santa present we unpack/build them. We spent a brilliant couple of hours on Xmas eve building the playmobil castle (complete with baileys and white Christmas on DVD!), even set up the knights/horses round it. Their face when they saw it was definitely worth it!
I think when they are older and perhaps if they ask for specific playmobil, we would leave it in the box for them to build, but at this age they prefer it ready to play. Obviously Lego I wouldn't build for them though.
I agree, my two clearest memories of Christmas are when we got bikes or when my brother and I got TVs with built in video. They were just by the side of the tree and I think 'berserk' is the only way to describe it.
Mine have to have small, portable presents this year, because we are staying with DH parents, who are an 8 hour train journey away (including several changes and a transfer across London). So all the presents need to fit into our suitcases, and we need to be able to lift them!
No idea what to get, so lucky I have a few months to rack my brains about it. If we had been staying at home I think I would have got DD1 a bike.
Dd1 will be 2.8 and is getting a pirate ship and pirates as her big present.
Dd2 will be 10 months and is getting an Elc post box.
We do stocking and 1 present from Father Christmas, then a few more medium size things from us.
We do a large sack from Father Christmas and maybe one toy that doesn't fit in the sack and then a bunch of toys from us, we only have my parents here so they don't get many other gifts. Probably 5/7 things from us ranging from a larger gift to charity shop finds.
DS will be 5.5yrs at Christmas and his main present from us will be an Ikea lack table (£5!!!) superglued with 4 lego base boards and a few bags of lego wheels / doors etc
DD will be 2.5yrs and I've already squirrelled away her gifts purchased on sale at various times, Melissa and Doug wooden dress up dolls / threading beads / a Disney Mulan doll / some duplo and a Strawberry Stable horse thingy
what I was thinking I don't know but it was super cheap oh and will probably get her some more felt play food from Ikea when we go to get the Lack table.
Other than the lego I'm a bit stuck on what to get DS this year too, still time to think about it though... and what do you do when the ONLY thing they want / ask for is utter rubbish and not particularly cheap?? DS is mad keen on this Air Hog Atmosphere thing he's seen on TV its over £20 and all the reviews are rubbish. But he reallllllly wants one :-/
DD is about to turn 8 (literally right after Christmas - I laboured Christmas night!!).
When she was 4, we got her a "Micro scooter", which has been enormously well used. She scoots to school, home from afterschool club in creche, and playing around the green - still. We've just replaced the handlebar grips in the past week as they were so well worn. And it's much smaller than a bike (and can be made tiny by taking out the handles to put away flat). There are also folding scooters you can get too.
When she was 5, we got her a DS lite, which she adores. For her birthday that year, she got a big crafts kit in a box.
When she was 6, she got the firestation from Lego City. And a big complicated jigsaw.
When she was 7, it was another bike (she got one aged 2 and 4 as well) as she'd grown out of the previous one again. She gets a LOT of use out of the bike (cycles to school the days she comes straight home afterwards, to sports training, and out with DH at weekends, as well as around the green with friends).
There are loads of different Lego themes, and then loads of kits within each theme, so that can be a great way to get a nice big present.
Kiwi personally I would get the thing they want if it was within my budget. I feel your pain, though! But it's better than a disappointed dc on Christmas morning.
Dd, who will be 20 months, will be getting the IKEA duktig kitchen, plus some of their play food etc. Will also get her a book, some colouring stuff and some chocolate buttons. Am so excited - she quite liked Christmas last year, so she'll bloody love it this year!
DD (2.2 @ Xmas) is getting the Fisher Price Home for the Holidays dollhouse as her main present.
DD is getting a pop up tent (proper one not a toy) if I can find one small enough and cheap enough and a massive arts and craft set put together by myself As she's getting a tablet for her 6th birthday next month I'm not going mad. Her other presents will be books and pjs and maybe an outfit from H&M.
I very little idea what to get 2 year old DS. Hoping he'll be able to give me a clue when he starts back at his stay and play group next month. Although it'll probably be cars. Cant move for cars in this house right now!
DS1 will be 6 1/2 and is getting Disney Infinity for the Wii with the Villains and the Sidekicks Playsets and several of the Power Discs
DS2 will be 3 1/2 and will be getting an Innotab 2 with 4 games and an App Card
Dd1 (10) the new Samsung tablet
Dd2 (8) no idea shes yet to pick something big.
Dd3 (18month) a red retro kidkraft kitchen +accessories or a silver cross coach built pink pram, either or and the other she will get in February for her birthday
Dd will only be 7 months. Have got new pjs for Xmas eve, along with a little dressing gown and slippers because our house can be quite cold in winter. Going to get a little toy house I've seen and a couple of outfits, maybe a teddy bear. Think we're going to splash out on some baby converse for her. We've wanted some and couldn't justify the cost but since she's not really going to be aware of Xmas and we can get away with buying her less we're thinking about getting a pair. She's also the only grandchild on both sides of the family so she's going to get spoilt rotten.
We're getting our DDS (who will be 10 and 7 by then) new ipod touches.
They have got second hand ones, which we bought for £50 second hand and they've had them a couple of years now and proved themselves trustworthy with looking after and respecting them. But they're 1st and 2nd generation so many of the latest games just won't load on there any more. They work, they're just too old.
So we've bough some 4th Gen ones. They were reduced to £150 (+ £10 cashback) in Argos for the 32GB. These will have a good 3 years in them before they need replacing and will keep the DDs happy.
Other than that, DD1 will get ballet stuff (she starts festival dancing next week, so I'm sure she'll need some kit by Christmas) and DD2 will have a CD player that has got an ipod dock to keep her ipod in and charge it.
My parents are buying them a 2 day taster session at a local PGL camp (£100 for one night / two days) and that's all. Just little bits after that.
I think the main present from us (as opposed to Santa) will be a craft station type thing. I like those towers with drawers in (companies like Really Useful Box people do them) - if I could get one that fits under our living room table, that would be ideal. I would fill it with loads of different papers, glitter, glue, feathers, sequins, beads, and any ribbon/button/fabric remnants I can get from the haberdashers (DD loves making dresses for her dolls - I think in a couple of years a sewing machine will be in order, so I'd better start saving )
Dd1will be 14 two days after Xmas, she's getting an electric guitar and all the things you need for it.
Dd2 is getting a tablet - either an iPod touch or a kindle fire hd, or she has asked for the monster high tablet but I will need to compare specs, and the monster high school.
I over buy drastically for Christmas for both of them and for DH (35) who is getting the new Bose sound dock with lightning adaptor for his iPhone as his main present, but none of them ever ask for that much.
fuzzpig Ikea have started selling a sewing machine for £45
DD will be 4.5.
The elf will leave PJ's Xmas Eve. He also brings decorations, DVD's, books & craft stuff in the run up.
Main present is the Playmobil Pirate set up, the ship, the island and dungeon. Maybe one of the smaller boats if I find one cheap enough.
She's also got Disney Cars / Planes diecasts, some fancy dress outfits and extra bits for her wooden railway for her stocking.
I would like to say that this is the most successf thread I have ever started. Chuffed <<I am sad>>
Great ideas floating about.
Fuzz, ikea also sell this which my neice who likes designing clothes has, and adores doing her outfits for the next day on.
My c all want electrical things, I'm not keen on the idea so tying to persuade them all they want bikes.
My older son who will be 3 years 8 months at Christmas will be having the Leappad 2 with the Crayola game and the Exploring Oceans game.
My little one who will be 10 months is having a vTech baby walker.
Dd wants either new Samsung tablet or 3dsxl with animal
I'm reluctant to buy the 3ds as she doesn't use the dsixl we have and she only wants it for animal crossing.
ds(9) will be nearly 10 by Xmas, he's been asking for an xbox for last 2 years, have managed to put him off with stunt scooters and an ipod before but think this will be the year he gets it.
Ooh there are some fantastic ideas on this thread. I was just starting to ponder Christmas for my DS (2.4) and DD who arrives in a few weeks. I think a table for the Brio train set would make my DS's dreams come true as he gets so frustrated with it falling over all the time on the carpet. I would just need to cull some other toys to make the space! No idea what to get a 3month old for Christmas though seeing as she has inherited all her brothers baby toys...
Ds1 the new Dr Dre beats speakers and Nike hightop trainers
Ds2 blackberry phone
Dd1 scooter that lights up
They have other stuff too but this is their big presents
Wibbly we are the same. DD is a week old and DS is 2.4. Had a brain wave after reading this thread though and decided to get them a sand pit to share.
Oh JollyHappyGiant congratulations! I'll be picking your brains at how you coped with your new arrival and toddler!
We did the sandpit for DS's birthday! He absolutely adores it and is out there most days. I approached DS about what toys we could get out of the playroom today in my mental preparation of a Brio train table. All he was prepared to part with was some linked teething rings he found in one tub... I may have to rethink my present.
Disney Infinity between then with a triple character pack I think
DD1 - no clue
DD2 - probably Playmobil, she has been coveting the new hotel but it's really expensive
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