Can you tell me what your 3yo boys are getting, please?

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ziggiestardust Sun 06-Oct-13 16:51:53

So far, I have got:
playmobil police station
playmobil police helicopter
playmobil police car
playmobil bank
(He's fascinated with goodies and baddies at the minute, and keeps trying to arrest the cat)
take n play Tidmouth sheds set
4 of these take n play engines to add to his vast collection
As well as a couple of Thomas DVDs and some Thomas pj's, plus stocking with sweets and little gizzits.

And right now; that's about it!
It doesn't look like an awful lot though. I keep telling myself that if I don't limit myself though, we'll end up having nowhere to put it all.

Would your 3 yo be happy with that lot?

ziggiestardust Sun 06-Oct-13 16:53:11

I like getting him things that'll last a bit, like last year's kitchen that went down a storm and he still plays with now and utterly loves.

howcomes Sun 06-Oct-13 18:56:15

Ds aged 3 is getting playmobil too, the campervan to go with the swimming pool he got for his birthday. That's his main gift really, then the jolly postman book by Janet and Alan ahlberg, a snow globe, new pjs and a torch as he is obsessed by lights.
However if you ask him what he would like he says an alarm clock. Considering he's never slept thru the night yet and is up out of bed at 7 every day I can't see the appeal!

ziggiestardust Sun 06-Oct-13 19:18:54

howcomes DS has asked for an aeroplane, a robot and some scissors, so I've not got an awful lot to work on...

I was worried that he would be too young for playmobil, and that it wouldn't be enough. I was considering adding the imaginext castle and a few bits to go with that, but I don't know if I'm being a bit silly.

MrsPear Sun 06-Oct-13 21:21:32

My only just 4 year old is getting a tractor with Bertie the farmer (request from him for his farm which he got last year) as his main present. Stocking: little horse (request from him for his farm), 2 books - percy the park keeper a winters tale and the pirate dinosaurs -, bob the builder dvd, puzzles, a battery powered train engine and a medical kit.

He is getting a fire engine and fire station (Play Mobil) for his birthday just before hence Christmas is a little smaller in terms of cost. I will probably add some bubble bath and choc with his name as well to the stocking.

ThatsNotMyPinot Sun 06-Oct-13 21:54:28

DS will be nearly 3 at Christmas and we have got him the following so far:

Little Tikes Car Transporter
Melissa and Doug dinosaur wooden stamp set
ELC Giant scribbler
Happyland Firestation, vet, police station, post office, London bus (to share with 19 month old DD)
Happyland Pirate ship
Dinosaur baking set (bowl with dino print on, cutters spoon and spatula)
Toy Story box set of the 3 films

Planning on getting him a couple of other Disney DVDs and a couple of puzzles, and my family are buying a Micro Scooter for him, Playmobile recycling truck, and possibly some expansion pack/bridge for his wooden railway.

In his stocking (my fave thing to do!), he has the following:

Postman Pat DVD (found in charity shop)
Character pants
Chuggington torch
Gruffalo toothbrush
Cars top trumps
Chocolate coins
Few little cars
Mini VW campervan
Couple of Thomas books
Wind up toy
Satsuma (obvs)

Looking at all this stuff, he definitely does not need anything else! Especially as his birthday is quite soon after Christmas.

I will get him and DD Crimbo PJs and a jumper too.

NancyBlacket Sun 06-Oct-13 22:04:27

OP my DS would be very happy with your presents! He is getting from us a wooden garage as his main present and in his stocking:
Some little cars to go with the garage,
A frog percussion instrument,
The jungle book DVD
And some other presents... I'm hoping for inspiration before December. He is car obsessed but there is a limit to the number of cars I can put in a stocking!

ziggiestardust Mon 07-Oct-13 14:57:16

Oh thank you very much for taking the time to list everything!

The only thing I was thinking of adding (inspired by a thread on here) would be the imaginext castle here with a couple of dragons and the catapult.

DS actually turns 3 this weekend, so he'll be getting loads of Thomas engines, a couple of playsets and some bits and bobs then as well. I don't want to be buried under a tide of stuff, which seemed to happen in the past 2 years. I hate the situation where it just doesn't ever get played with!

ziggiestardust Mon 07-Oct-13 14:59:11

thatsnotmypinot the micro scooters are fab; we bought one for DS at Eastertime so he could get the use out of it during the summer, and boy did he ever!

FWIW, we found it cheapest on Jojomamanbebe with a 10% mn discount, so well worth looking into?

vix206 Mon 07-Oct-13 20:59:05

Wow I feel a bit mean now as I'm not buying my 3 yo DS half as much as you've listed. He will probably get a set of Lego (dh plays it with him and they love it), something for his brio train set, some new you cars and some books. I think the gifts you've listed out sound great.

vix206 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:01:39

Oh and I am doing a different festive book every evening for him throughout 1-24 December. A kind of book advent thingy. I've pulled out all the wintry books from his bookcase and bought some new ones as I've seen them come up on special offer on Amazon/book people etc.

AndHarry Mon 07-Oct-13 21:07:12

I feel mean grin

My 3yo DS is getting:

- a wooden garage
- a road map rug


- a couple of books
- chocolate coins
- a Christmassy DVD
- a little torch
- a handwritten/illustrated story by me
- a bell for his scooter

gallicgirl Mon 07-Oct-13 21:09:51

I saw some cool dinosaurs in Smyths Toys that talk to each other. DD was somewhat bemused by them. I wonder if the novelty will wear off quickly though.

Grotbagstwin Mon 07-Oct-13 21:11:24

My ds is getting two dvds Wreck it Ralph and The Croods
Happyland rocket
Playdoh and cutters
Various little animals
Wooden cars
Hotwheels loop the loop track
Some games

He is panda obsessed so hoping to get something panda themed

ds will be three in November. For his birthday/Christmas he will be getting some skis and probably a full face bike helmet.

Little bits and pieces in his stocking, hot wheels cars etc.

btw he is fourth dc so we have heaps of playmobil/duplo/train track etc

vix206 Mon 07-Oct-13 21:26:36

Gallicgirl my friend bought those for her dinosaur-mad DS. He played with them for about 5 minutes and now they sit ignored in the corner hmm

Even so the batteries are running out and they are making a very eerie yelping noise now!!

ipanicked Mon 07-Oct-13 22:17:02

It's ok I am definitely the meanest - last year my 3yo DS got as his present
- the hungry hippos game to share with his 2yo sister

And in his stocking
- a water bottle
- his name in wooden letters
- a torch
- a book
- some chocolate
- a couple of random bits of fake food

And that was it blush (we also already had heaps of duplo and brio)

In fact he liked it more than when we bought a £200 bike for his 4th birthday this year that we'd saved for blinking ages to buy <sigh>

ziggiestardust Mon 07-Oct-13 22:21:10

I'm selling our Brio; DS much prefers take n play Thomas. It was an expensive, well made, mistake sad

SoftSheen Mon 07-Oct-13 22:23:17

That sounds like loads- I'm sure he will be thrilled!

anyone got any links to good wooden garages - thats what i am planning for nearly 3yo ds!

He is also having some duplo, meccano, play doh, books, disney cars crap merchandise. Also need to pick him up some pj's and socks. I have picked up everything pretty cheap thanks to Reastie's christmas bargain threads!

I will be asking relatives to get him more duplo and playmobile.

CheeseAndFriedMushrooms Mon 07-Oct-13 22:32:12

Ds1 is 3.4, he loves all things Thomas related, so will be getting some additions to his take n play set (if there's anything left he hasn't got��), and in his stocking the usual, pyjamas, socks toothbrush, books, slipper socks, stationery, usually a sweatshirt/jumper and a pair of jeans to wear on Christmas Day. He gets various treats throughout the year, so Christmas is kept to low value, high volume presents.....

ziggiestardust Mon 07-Oct-13 22:32:37

this GLTC garage looks really nice. I was stuck between that and the red kitchen last year, and I went with the kitchen.

Some people have slated GLTC on various forums, but they delivered in plenty of time, I got a 10% discount from mumsnet discounts page, and the item was really sturdy and well made. They can be a bit expensive though.

ziggiestardust Mon 07-Oct-13 22:33:36

cheese I feel your pain! We now have a collection of 32 of the bastard things.

SockywockyWOOOOOdah Mon 07-Oct-13 22:33:44

Mine will be getting a wooden marble run and some magnatiles. We are doing a minimalist cheistmas!

SockywockyWOOOOOdah Mon 07-Oct-13 22:34:13


Inclusionist Mon 07-Oct-13 22:36:35

I think that is a lot and I probably wouldn't let my DS open the playmobil stuff and the Thomas stuff on the same day as it would just be overwhelming.

DS will be 3.4 at Christmas and is having from us a trip to Lapland UK on Christmas Eve and the Playmobil Pirates Treasure Island to add to his pirates play set. He will get books and some replacement drawing stuff too because I cannot persuade him that pens need lids.

He has a wooden advent calender with quite big boxes and will get a tiny present every day in that. He will also get presents from relatives over the Christmas period as and when he sees them.

My motto for chistmas this year is 'magical not massive' !! grin

ziggiestardust Mon 07-Oct-13 22:41:06

inclusionist yes! I know what you mean. I'm trying to get him a few 'themed' gifts this year, because he's really into Thomas, and that's lovely, I like that he enjoys it. But I also want him to enjoy other things as well, other interests. Just because at the moment it feels a bit limited when we get the toys out, you know?

Thewhingingdefective Mon 07-Oct-13 22:49:50

So far my 3yr old boy has:

A book called Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar and some Smarties.

He will also be getting a football and goal post set, a musical instrument of some kind like a little keyboard or ukelele. Probably a knight outfit and a little wheelbarrow. Not sure what else.

RockPaperScissorsLizardSpock Mon 07-Oct-13 22:50:32

Just wanted to be helpful to the people thinking of getting the imaginext castle, it's £39.99 in Toys R Us at the moment grin

ziggiestardust Mon 07-Oct-13 22:52:26

rockpaper yes! I saw that on another thread but thank you! £20 cheaper but it is only online, click and collect so don't get caught out by going in store!

RockPaperScissorsLizardSpock Mon 07-Oct-13 22:54:54

Oh, thanks ziggy, we've done the click but not collect yet.

CheeseAndFriedMushrooms Mon 07-Oct-13 22:57:36

Ziggie, we're not far behind at 28..... Keeps him entertained and off the iPad though so worth it IMO. Life is easier now that I know their names too not out of choice

BloodiedWellies Mon 07-Oct-13 22:57:52

So far I only have a blackboard with coloured chalks and Dh bought a laminator (mentioned on another thread) that we plan to laminate Swashbuckle papers and logos with because he loves them.

BloodiedWellies Mon 07-Oct-13 22:58:24

Blackboard was £25 at mothercare and chalks were £1.50.

TiredFeet Mon 07-Oct-13 23:03:19

Anyone got any good suggestions for outdoor stuff? Ds has a scooter, bike, sandpit, paddling pool, wheelbarrow so far...
I feel like we are drowning in toys, and all he ever plays with is his brio or his matchbox cars, so I am reluctant to buy many toys. He's getting one toy (octonauts submarine thing) for his birthday and a few books, but he is having a party and our relatives spoil him rotten (which is why we are drowning in toys!)

So for christmas I would like to get him something for the garden (as we're moving and will have a much bigger garden) and then just stocking toys and a book. We made the mistake of buying too much last year and he was just overwhelmed. Quite tempted by the road map rug idea though!

Inclusionist Mon 07-Oct-13 23:05:32

Have you got a playmobil building schedule set out for the whole of December ziggie? grin

DS got the playmobil pirate ship, corsaire and prison tower for his birthday in August and that was several hours of building the night before which might not have been possible whilst drinking the sherry left out for santa!!

BloodiedWellies Mon 07-Oct-13 23:07:00


I was in B&Q today and they had rocking wendy houses including a kind of camouflage thingy with a slide and rope whatsit. It was expensive though ... about £300. (I drooled)

We are drowning in toys too.

BloodiedWellies Mon 07-Oct-13 23:08:13

Not 'rocking wednry houses' but 'a rocking wendy house'

ziggiestardust Mon 07-Oct-13 23:15:13

<limbers up for some serious playmobil assembly>

I'm hoping it won't be that bad because we've only got the police station and the bank. If the whole thing ends up in a £90 mess of bent plastic and rage, I will consider myself corrected, however.

bonkersLFDT20 Mon 07-Oct-13 23:18:40

Thumbs up go to the Playmobil Campervan. Got that for my then 3 YO last year and he loves it. A really, really good purchase.
We also got him a ukulele which he strums along with quite nicely, but prefers to twist the tuning pegs - much to the horror of his proper guitar playing big bro!

Don't get rid of the the brio yet! Even our 14 year old will "help" make tracks sometimes smile

losersaywhat Tue 08-Oct-13 07:29:03

Thanks for the freat bargains everyone.
I was just going to email Letterbox about my order from the 22nd sept but checked my emails and ive got a despatch email from Letterbox and from dpd for delivery today smile

losersaywhat Tue 08-Oct-13 07:30:23

[Blush] wrong thread smile

vix206 Tue 08-Oct-13 07:59:08

The road map rug idea is a really good one. My DS has one and he plays with it constantly!

fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 10:02:41

DS has asked for an aeroplane, a robot and some scissors, so I've not got an awful lot to work on...

Are you going to get these things BTW?

ELC do a little set of toddler friendly scissors that have interchangeable blades so you can cut zigzags. Maybe you could get a bunch of paper to cut with it?

fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 10:04:52

BTW we managed the playmobil castle in a couple of hours on Xmas eve (while drinking baileys) despite my colleagues calling me mad for leaving it so late! It was fun though.

Really looking forward to building the pyramid this year.

ziggiestardust Tue 08-Oct-13 12:55:00

fuzz I have got him the playmobil helicopter, so I'm hoping that counts as an aeroplane? Well, it flies. That's a start. The robot I haven't really thought about, but I was going to look for some scissors that you cut patterns with; I used to have a set when I was a little girl. Like one set did zig zags, another one did waves etc. Not sure where to start looking though, as my mum got mine from C&A or Woolworths or something back in the 80's...

fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 13:41:25
fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 13:42:54
ziggiestardust Tue 08-Oct-13 13:42:55

<sighs with happiness> why thankyou! Is there nothing Amazon can't do?

fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 13:45:37

I bet he'll love the helicopter! I know playmobil have done planes in the past but very expensive.

has he seen the new Disney Planes movie? My DCs love it, I might get DS a couple of the character models.

fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 13:49:51

The interchangeable scissors aren't that amazing BTW but hopefully at £4 they will fulfill the scissor wish regardless!

As for robots - I really like these but I guess he might mean something with buttons that moves or talks so no idea about that one!

ziggiestardust Tue 08-Oct-13 14:00:47

Thank you fuzzpig, I like the wiggly scissors and I think DS will too. He hasn't seen the planes movie yet (any good, btw?) but I will probably take him to see it in the next couple of weeks.

I personally like the robots, but DS has a delightful tendency to shun all tasteful toys. What can I say? The boy loves tack and jazz...

fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 14:03:23

I didn't see it myself - my teen DSDs took them to see it instead while DH and I had a rare meal out grin DSDs said it was really good though. I thought the adverts made it look really dull but apparently I'm wrong and it's just as good as Cars/Cars 2.

ziggiestardust Tue 08-Oct-13 14:21:20

Oooooh, your lucky DSD's... wink

fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 14:30:02

TBH they would've gone to see it even if we hadn't sent the DCs with them grin they love animated movies! I'm taking them with me to the Cloudy 2 MN screening this weekend, they are really excited bless them.

SockywockyWOOOOOdah Tue 08-Oct-13 14:45:37

Fuzzpig I LOVE those stacking robots. You're not helping with my minimalist Christmas...

fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 15:26:14

Haha socky yes it's quite a challenge to not buy and buy blush I just love choosing toys! Including the worthy wooden sort! We have a no electronics/battery operated rule this year which automatically rules out a lot.

ziggiestardust Tue 08-Oct-13 16:06:33

Oh my goodness yes! It's hard to find stuff without flashing lights confused

DS (fortunately for him, perhaps not so much us, or our ears!) has extremely generous and loving godparents, who dote on him to the point where he owns every single item produced by the VTech company. I'm not kidding. There's so much of it! Safe to say, we have had enough of noisy toys. I find them quite short lived as well; he'll play with it and then leave it in favour of cars, trains, playmobil people, books or playdoh.

Thanks for the link to the wooden garage - that's the first one I have truly loved the look of. The ELC one looked quite good but I like the rounded ramps on this. I don't mind splashing out on my pfb a bit because its all going to stop once dc2 arrives in feb as I really think he will play with this for YEARS on a daily basis.

ziggiestardust Tue 08-Oct-13 16:21:37

petty you're so welcome! I'd order well in advance though, they can get really busy at Christmas. We ordered in November last year for last Christmas, just to be extra sure, and put it all together to make sure the pieces were all there. Purely because they're an online company, it's not like you can take it back to a store.

It is the cutest little thing though, and I loved it wasn't all boy colours, or covered in flashing lights. I think there's a discount code on the MN partners page, like 10% or something.

HenriettaPye Tue 08-Oct-13 16:21:38

I've bought DS the castle of doom from ELC, it's now discontinued but I got it for £25 on gumtree, and it came with dragons, a three headed snake and knights. It's as good as new. He loves good guys and bad guys but in a knights vs dragons way, rather than cops and robbers!

He also wants blublu the dolphin which I think is going to be a total waste of money but it's the one thing he is adamant that he wants hmm

ziggiestardust Tue 08-Oct-13 16:22:29

<sniggering at castle of doom> what a truly excellent name for a child's toy!

fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 17:01:45

Just wanted to recommend this road jigsaw - my DS got it last Xmas age 3.4, it's brilliant. There's loads of layouts and half the fun is putting it together before driving your cars over it. Good quality cardboard (as orchard toys always is) smile

racmun Tue 08-Oct-13 17:08:42

We've got ds

A scaletrix (dh assures me he'll love it!)
A ride on train for the garden
A new bike with stabilisers
Hungry Hippos game
Thomas trains got the Brio set
Thomas books

Stocking - so far
A toy rattle snake
Glow sticks
A torch

Considering the play mobile pirate ship as well but not sure I can face putting 150 odd bits together!

humblebumble Tue 08-Oct-13 17:18:25

My DS2 (almost 4) who is completely car mad suddenly a couple of months ago really got into trains. I would say keep hold of your trains for a while longer as the enjoyment of making the different tracks is as much fun as actually playing with the trains.

For a well made take and go car set we have this one (although we paid about $30 for it in the US).


fuzzpig Tue 08-Oct-13 17:29:58

I agree about the train track humble - DS doesn't spend much time actually driving the trains round but will spend hours building epic convoluted tracks round the whole living room that get a bit frustrating when I then can't open the door smile

I am also considering a playmobil pirate ship, whatever the cheapest one is anyway.

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