What gift are you most looking forward to GIVING this Xmas?

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fuzzpig Sun 10-Nov-13 11:42:47

I'm really excited about what we've chosen so far but probably the biggest 'wow' will be the playmobil swimming pool for my 6yo DD as she is in love with it having played with it at a friend's house. She has no idea we know though so it will be a surprise.

Although I am also ridiculously excited about giving DH a tree decoration in his stocking - it's a fabric one in the shape of Sherlock Holmes! Found it in London the other day and actually hopped up and down a little blush. It won't be DH's favourite present as his main gifts are pretty great (if I say so myself grin) but I'm really looking forward to seeing his face when he opens it grin

BearsInMotion England Sun 10-Nov-13 11:45:53

My DF. He loves maps, and is very proud of his granddaughter. I have got him a personalised OS map of his seaside town called "Grandad and DD's map" with a photo of him and DD on the beach on the cover. It is well good grin

fuzzpig Sun 10-Nov-13 11:50:05

Aw that's lovely! I think it's great when the 'wow' present is something the recipient doesn't even know exists IYSWIM?

Same reason I'm hoping to get DSD a Sherlock hoodie - there's no way she realised you can get them...

nickdrakeslovechild England Sun 10-Nov-13 11:51:43

2 things, I've got my OH tickets to go and see ranulph fiennes with his best friend. He thinks he cant go as I have my annual work get together that day, its a lie I haven't so he will be so excited. Also my LO loves her dolls and my mum has got her baby annabell and I have got the bits to go with it. I know she will squeal with delight. I am so excited for Christmas I could just pop!

BoohPear Sun 10-Nov-13 11:52:27

I've got my dh a tin of Wallace and grommit biscuits, he loves tins and this one looks very cool. I'm also looking forward to giving my dd all her presents as its her first Christmas!

BikeRunSki Brazil Sun 10-Nov-13 11:54:21

I found a kind of papercut - collage picture thing / layers of paper on top of each other at a craft fair in May. Looks exactly like dm's old dog. Looking forward to giving her that.

ChubbyKitty Sun 10-Nov-13 11:54:30

A storm trooper onesie for my Star Wars obsessed dadgrin or batman hi tops for DP with arkham origins hidden in the box.

Luggage16 Sun 10-Nov-13 11:55:16

I'm looking foward to the kids faces at their furbys (we don't generally do plastic or noisy toys so they think there is no chance!).

Also cat keyboard for my son and set of 20 moshi monsters for my daughter.

I have an overwhelming urge to spoil them this year with a proper pile of presents. We usually keep it to about 6 presents each to open and some books but we've had a rough year as my mum is unwell and I want this christmas to be special (I know I know presents aren't what make it special! Am also upping the Christmas traditions too and hoping to finding somewhere amazing to go for a day trip in Dec too).

wonderingsoul Sun 10-Nov-13 11:57:24

for christmas iv got a couple

dad the onsie.. not sure how he will take it but im sure itll get some laughs.

ds's the minecraft torchs for christmas, they have one each.

for ds1 birthday the battroborg arena.. he really wants but "knows its to expensive" and dunbells.

for ds2 birthday a wall-e sound track cd.

Lilicat1013 Sun 10-Nov-13 11:58:47

For my oldest son it is his Playmobil penguin set, he was so excited to see the penguins at the zoo when we went on holiday. He kept saying 'cuddle' and 'splash' to them (he has a speech delay so limited words).

We will be going to Marwell before Christmas so he will see the penguins again and hopefully be delighted with his penguin set. Especially as you can fill it with water and make the toy penguins splash.

With my youngest son it has to be his wave drum, he is obsessed with the one at Stay and Play. He will just be so delighted with it.

I can't mention my husband's gift on here as it is a big surprise that he doesn't know he is having and I can't risk him noticing what I have written.

I am sure your daughter will be delighted, the Playmobil swimming pool is lovely.

I love Christmas surprises.

wonderingsoul Sun 10-Nov-13 12:00:04

meant to add ds2 he has bigger pressent which i know he'll enjoy but hes fallen in love with wall-e, he listen to cars sound track at night and is quite picky but he will LOVE the wall-e cd and has no clue it even exsist which is why that the main one im excited about..

BearsInMotion England Sun 10-Nov-13 12:02:30

lilicat DD has the Playmobil penguin set - she loves it!

fuzzpig Sun 10-Nov-13 12:05:09

Wallace and Gromit biscuits, you say...?


I love the look of the playmobil penguin set too. Tempted to give that to myself DS...

PigsInParis Sun 10-Nov-13 12:16:28

DD has wanted a baby in a bath and the bath sings. She saw it about a year and a half ago but it was an Australian product and cost £200 shipping.

But Argos came to the rescue and have one for a fraction of the price. She will be so happy as she actually gave up asking for it earlier this year.

DH has a rather fab present but that would out me to certain other MN'ers who know me in RL and know the present.

PigsInParis Sun 10-Nov-13 12:17:19

Also forgot the Tobuscus hoodie for mine craft obsessed DD1. I had no idea you could get them - and neither does she!

KwaziiCat Sun 10-Nov-13 12:23:05

DD loves One Direction. We recently inherited some mkney so we are buying her/her best friend/DH a ticket to their concert. I can't wait.

I'm 'giving' the baby (due December) to DH, I guess? We're all excited about that gift.

DD3 will be getting this kind of play thing. We have got a ton or cardboard boxes which we've superglued on loads of textured things (corrugated stuff, foam, furry things) on the outside and inside, and stuffed with paper and cards and arty crafty stuff, pencils, cheap paints, masks and so on. It has only cost us £8 but I know she'll love it and I really can't wait to see her face.

MirandaWest Sun 10-Nov-13 12:27:13

I've got tickets for a concert for my bf - he doesn't know this person is playing so hopefully will be excited. Plus it's happening where his DS is at university so we'll be able to see him while we're up there. Not until February but will wrap tickets up nicely smile

Retropear Sun 10-Nov-13 13:50:10

Found some black feather pens(after a big search) and black notebooks for my HP mad dd 8.

Also a crystal mining kit and books on rocks/minerals.

She isn't expecting either but is mad about both.

I find my boys gifts less easy to get excited over.grin

fuzzpig Sun 10-Nov-13 13:58:23

Oh oh oh retropear where did you get the feather pens please? Would love one for DD (she keeps picking up pigeon feathers and pretending to write with them)

noisytoys Sun 10-Nov-13 14:01:39

A kindle fire for DD. She's desperate for a tablet and we've been looking at cheap ones together. She has no idea the looking at cheap ones is a diversion and she will be getting a fire grin

Retropear Sun 10-Nov-13 14:06:46

Dot.com gifts shop- £1 each!

They're nice quality too and I think they do other colours.

I got a pack of 2 black and beige notebooks from Waterstones. Got to make Hogwarts School labels.

Retropear Sun 10-Nov-13 14:07:30

Notebooks were £4.50 for 2.

lade Sun 10-Nov-13 14:15:47

I've found a load of old cine film, in my dad's attic, so we're paying to get it transferred onto DVD for various members of my family. It contains long since deceased relatives and those who are currently very ill. It will give precious memories to those who receive it.

emmasfabulous Sun 10-Nov-13 14:22:48

Anything my son opens will be amazing for him as he's only 4, so I think I am most looking forward to seeing my DD12 opening her main. She never asks for anything extravagent and was over the moon with her wonderbook last year. This year I'm buying her a TV for her room. I was very firm against her having one when she was younger so I know she won't expect it at all smile

Luggage16 re your day out - if you have anywhere near you that does Santa steam train excursions they are fun for children.

MrsPresley Sun 10-Nov-13 14:27:55

I've got dd 12 a ticket to see The Wanted, her favourite band.

She did ask for a ticket but I told her they were sold out but our names are on a list for any additional dates, but they wouldn't be on sale till the end of February, she will be over the moon.

Retro - we did a Honeyduke's gift box for HP obsessed nephew one year. We bought lots of different sweets and packaged them up with homemade signs saying things like, 'Gillyweed' and 'Bertie Botts beans' etc. That went down really well and was cheap to do.

I haven't actually bought much yet, so not really excited about anything - but I wanted this thread to keep appearing for me in threads I'm on! We have bought dd1 a couple of pairs of 'nice' knickers, instead of the usual M&S five packs - I think she'll be pleased with those. smile

Retropear Sun 10-Nov-13 14:33:34

Fab idea Remus!!

Retropear Sun 10-Nov-13 14:36:54

Remus what sweets did you put in,what were the names and what did you use as bags?

fuzzpig Sun 10-Nov-13 14:39:54

Thanks retro I'll have a look! A quill would make a great stocking filler!

I think DS will be very pleased with his stocking-filler boxers this year as I've found Gruffalo ones in m&s!

Purple2012 Sun 10-Nov-13 14:40:20

My 16 yr old loves all things Russian. I have bought a load of Russian sweets and chocolate and a Russian looking lunch tin to put them in. She will love it.

I am most looking forward to the dds getting the trampoline my dm has bought them. Dd1 will be over the moon (and can stop practicing her moves on our bed!).

I am not looking forward to putting it up on christmas eve, though!

Of our presents, I'm looking forward to them getting the toy farm. I'm looking forward to setting it up too!


-green liquorice bootlace things were gillyweed
-jelly beans were Every Flavour beans
-Freddo bars were chocolate frogs
-choclate coins were sickles etc
-we made wings for Ferrero Rocher and labelled them as golden snitches
-those chocolate twig things (have forgotten what they are called - is it -Matchmakers?) were chocolate wands
-sherbert lemons for Dumbledore
-flying saucers - can't remember what we called those
- coconut mushrooms - something to do with Hagrid: forget what
- Irn Bru (blurgh) was pumpkin juice
- Fentimans bottles of ginger beer etc, became Butterbeer etc

We packaged them all in little clear sandwich bags, all neatly wrapped up, and then stuck labels/tags on them, either with sellotape or tied on with string, and then packagaed them all in a huge box with a Honeyduke's sign which dd2 painted.

Scuse typos.

milkwasabadchoice Sun 10-Nov-13 14:49:00

I have ordered felt slippers for dh from Kyrgyzstan! He has a pair already that my mum and dad bought back from their travels, but they have worn through. He is going to be chuffed as can be to get a new pair. Can't wait!

fuzzpig Sun 10-Nov-13 14:49:05

That sounds brilliant Remus!

I'm making an Xmas present for the first time this year (Fix It Felix costume for 4yo DS) so quite excited and a bit scared about that.

octopusinastringbag Sun 10-Nov-13 14:50:47

A didjeridoo.

Looking forward to seeing my 5yo open all her monster high dolls and accessories, she is going to be thrilled and watching her face light up will be magical.
And seeing my 3yo open her furby, she is going to love himsmile
Then there is 7yo who will be getting a kindle, and 10yo who is getting a computer, she is going to be so shocked she will hardly believe her eyes!

Love your idea remussmile, think i may nick it for my 10yo, she loves Harry Potter !

notagiraffe Sun 10-Nov-13 14:53:00

DC have both asked for money which takes the stuffing out of giving a bit. So I'm looking forward to doing stockings for my parents who are staying with us. They are always so appreciative and will love having lots of tiny foodie things and poundland hand warmers to open, as well as a big present each under the tree.

But I'm getting DC tickets to Russell Howard, so might tuck those in their stocking to see their faces.

madmomma Sun 10-Nov-13 15:00:25

I can't wait to give littlest dd (2) her play money and till, cos she's gonna have so much fun playing shops with ds(3). He's getting a punchbag and gloves, which hopefully will delight him.

I've bought dh a really long, fluffy posh towelling gown from Ralph Lauren and he'll be well chuffed with it.

Dd1 (16) will love putting on a fashion show for us in her new gear as always. Can't wait.

lambbone Sun 10-Nov-13 15:10:20

My husband's 84 year old aunt was admiring the girls' leavers hoodies. So I called her old college to see if they did hoodies, but they don't (pull your finger out Girton).

So I've had one made up (loads of online companies do it). Cambridge blue hoodie with her name and the College shield on the left breast, and a great big Class of 50 on the back-she went up in 1947 before women were even allowed to graduate!

She is an awesome old lady with heaps of get up and go, and she will be mightily tickled by this. Can't wait to see her face.

MrsDavidBowie Sun 10-Nov-13 15:15:12

We have got Australian citizenship for ds 14.

He is going to be stunned.

Retropear Sun 10-Nov-13 15:16:00

Thanks Remus!

MikeLitoris Argentina Sun 10-Nov-13 15:18:57

I've got ds a ps4. He thinks we are having a small Christmas because our summer hols are costing a fortune next year.

I am so excited for him to see it. Last year we got him a chromebook as a surprise and he cried when he got it.

Some of these ideas sound amazing.

TwitTwooShoe Sun 10-Nov-13 15:26:17

We are adopting two guinea pigs. I can't wait! We have reserved them as such, and they can come on the 5th January. We were hoping to adopt guinea pigs before Christmas, we would have got guinea pigs anyway, but, by coincidence, the two girls we are adopting need to be kept until the 5th (presumably in case of pregnancy) so it might as well be their christmas present, although the adoption would have happened if it was Feb/March/August or whatever.

So what we're doing is, putting up the hutch and we have got them a toy guinea pig each, which we are putting inside. In the run, they will find the equipment for it, all of it will be wrapped with waterproof wrapping paper. When they wake up, their stockings will have an envelope at the top, and they are going to be given clues. They're going to find the rest of the presents along the way- a jumper and gloves (with a note saying this is so they can go outside to look after the present) and then they'll find a book on guinea pigs and a clue where to find the hutch/run, as well as finding some warm socks (so they can go out to look after them), a hat, a Sylvanian guinea pig family (and a car for them to drive in) and some sugar mice.

We've been planning to get guinea pigs for quite a while, so it won't be a surprise as such, and we've of course done a home visit from the rescue centre, but they don't know when they're getting them.

Lamb - that is lovely.

octopusinastringbag Sun 10-Nov-13 15:54:28

Twit that sounds great smile

AnneWentworth Sun 10-Nov-13 16:12:43


dS1 is going to go loopy when he sees it. He spends much of the weekend writing out the league table and then looking at it and rewriting it if Arsenal win or if Liverpool win etc.

madmomma Sun 10-Nov-13 16:20:27

Aww twit I bet your kids will remember that for ever smile

I'm taking dd to the theatre on the Saturday before Christmas. It's a Christmas tale of kidnap and intrigue (so they tell me) in a local country house. They do it by candlelight and I've been waiting for dd to be old enough to go. She's 6 and has been to the ballet and a musical this year and has not stopped talking about either. She will adore it. Just me and dd too, her brother is staying at home with DH. I'm going to take her for afternoon tea beforehand. This is my present to her and is right up her street. Her little brother is so clingy and I miss spending time with just her.

DS wants a 'skateboard'. He's 2 and he means scooter. I couldn't afford one but browsing ebay last week I found a Thomas The Tank scooter for £2 for collection only down the road. Nobody else wanted it apparently. It's practically brand new, boy it was bought for didn't like it. DS will be thrilled.

Anotherdayanotherdestiny123 Sun 10-Nov-13 16:39:22

DS (age 11) is gong to literally pass out when he sees he is getting his first phone. We have told him we won't entertain the idea until he starts secondary next September and that he will be getting one of our old phones on a PAYG. He's actually getting exactly the one he wants, in the colour he wants on a capped contract. I think that we are going to be the best parents ever.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 10-Nov-13 16:41:12

I am going to get the DDs vouchers for Build a Bear
they have never been, but dd1 has recently become aware of it through a friend.
they both still love soft toys, and I think they'll really enjoy the experience.

we're also going to take DH's grandad out to lunch at the pub where he and DH's grandma had their wedding reception 60 years ago, and where he hasn't been back to since. unbeknownst to us, we moved just round the corner from there, and he excitedly pointed the pub out to us when we brought him round.

I haven't really got started with Christmas shopping, so haven't had a good look for others yet.

I'm most looking forward to giving my wonderful 93yo grandad a rise and recline chair. He had one in hospital. He is home now and keeps going on about the fancy chair! gringrin

AnneWentworth Sun 10-Nov-13 17:27:03

Lovely ideas here. I think DS1 and DS2 big present might be tickets to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They are 7 and 5 and turn 6 and 8 shortly after. I think we can create golden tickets to make them surprised.

toffeelolly Sun 10-Nov-13 17:41:37

Getting dd 7 two little baby guinea pigs cannot wait to see her face, she is a real animal lover. Getting them a week or two before Christmas, but hopefully will be kept well away from her till Christmas . She is also getting a reborn doll from her granny and granda which she also knows nothing about. So come Christmas she will be one happy little girl.

Aarow Sun 10-Nov-13 17:52:16

The DC are going to get a dog. From a rescue centre. We've had visits and so on. Like Twit we were going to get a dog anyway, but as the date will coincide with Christmas, it can be their (and my!) present.

We are getting the dog two days after, according to the rescue centre (so they need to wait for a certain age).

I might steal Twits idea and get everything laid out. It won't be a surprise getting the dog, but this will be. I've got them dog themed everything. In their stockings, they've got two dog toys, and some dog chocolates. I am going to give the eldest the collar, the youngest the lead. They will each be given a wrapped present, with a picture of the dog and a 'hello' message (written as if from the dog) and also a wrapped up dog bed, and a dog coat, as well as stationery with dogs on, and some dog stickers.

They are going to go absolutely hyper, when they found out we were going to look at dogs at the local rescue centre, they were ecstatic, when we got a home visit for the dog. They don't know, yet, that we've been approved. I can't wait to see their faces.

Mittensonkittens Sun 10-Nov-13 17:56:19

I'm looking forward to giving ds his build a bear Rudolph on skates. I'm looking forward to giving ds most of his things actually because he's always so delighted with his gifts. He's 4 and so easy to buy for atm, in a few years it will probably be much tricker.

I haven't bought much for anyone else yet, mainly because I have no idea what to get them! Dh is particularly tricky! I find men trickiest to buy for and only actually buy for two men - my dad and dh. Think my dad is going to have an iTunes voucher and a food hamper. But dh - nope no idea.

2kidsintow Netherlands Sun 10-Nov-13 17:56:26

Tickets here....

I've bought all my family tickets to the local (and amazing) rock and roll panto. They know about it, but it will be fab to go out as a whole family and have a great evening.

I am also waiting for the squeal of excitement when DD1 opens her ticket to see Russell Howard.

BearsInMotion England Sun 10-Nov-13 18:49:51

Am very envy of the Guinea pig ness. DD is still too little but we have agreed maybe next year or the year after!

fuzzpig Sun 10-Nov-13 21:15:19

We've agreed that if we move to a bigger place we will get a pet. I expect that will be an Xmas present that year - great idea with the treasure hunt and clues!

I'm not too keen on guinea pigs, we'd be more likely to get dwarf hamsters or a rabbit... although I really love degus! (And sugar gliders but apparently they don't make good pets)

I've got ds a jumperoo does that count?!
Where are the storm trooper onesies from??

normaleggy Sun 10-Nov-13 21:59:55

My ds (4) loves his Thomas the tank engine train set particularly the troublesome trucks so I have bought him a load from eBay and I just know he will love opening a box full of trucks. I can't wait to give him that!

mumtoone1 Sun 10-Nov-13 22:31:40

The toys I hand into charity as well as watching the excited in my DS face at the presents scattered all over the floor.

Clandy Sun 10-Nov-13 22:53:16

Aww some of these are so lovely smile I love giving gifts at Christmas and would happily give and not receive. This year I'm looking forward to hiving dd1 everything, I bought her a barbie magazine this week and she cried and told me I was the "perfect mummy". She has been badgering me for ages for a princess duvet cover and I have said no way. Santa is going to bring her one and change her bed in the night. Cannot wait for her reaction.

BeaWheesht Sun 10-Nov-13 23:07:07

My mum - a papercut family tree

Ds (7) - his hudl tablet, he has NO idea. Also his go kart.

Dd (3) - dolls house (but that's from my mum) and her playmobil pool and Barbie from us but tbh she'll be delighted with anything at all smile

Brockle Sun 10-Nov-13 23:13:41

Whilst I know ds3 who will be 1 will not squeal with delight when he opens his tent and tunnel, I can't wait to see his face when they are up. I don't think I will be able to get him out!

ds1 and 2 are both getting tablets and I am pretty sure they aren't expecting them. I think I'm more excited than they are! grin grin

My little sister. She's 16 and a big harry potter fan. She's getting a golden snitch watch pendant and also a deathly hallow bracelet. She will love it

Carlat86 Sun 10-Nov-13 23:52:34

It's a bit tight in our house this year so after a few suggestions from other mumsnetters my SD and I are making small Xmas cakes for relatives. I'm in charge of the baking and she is doing all the decoration. We love a bit of baking together so I'm just looking forward to a girly bonding session with her. We've just mastered muffins thanks to an easy mumsnet recipe- highly recommend btw.

curiousgeorgie Mon 11-Nov-13 00:04:54

My DH & I agrees to no presents for each other this year, as we've got too much crap & no space as it is...

But he expressed an interest in seeing the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory musical when it came out, it's his favourite childhood film, so I've got tickets that are brilliant seats grin I'm a SAHM at the moment and bought them with my last work pay check so he literally is expecting nothing! I'm going to disguise it as a present from our DD's to get around the no presents thing wink

Also, my younger brother was very jealous when we went to Book Of Mormon a few weeks ago, so I've bought tickets for my whole family to go just after Christmas... Hidden them in a box of sweets from 'Santa'...

Last year I was 14 weeks pregnant on Christmas Day, and I'd made a calendar of photos for my parents with a scan picture under June... That was the most exciting one grin

Doitnicelyplease Mon 11-Nov-13 01:26:47

For DD1 (just 5) the new barbie/remote control horse and the new Barbie camper van. She has only recently got into Barbies after watching the movie Barbie in a Pony Tale, this is now her very favourite movie (she loves the white horse) and requested every day and she has no idea you can get this range of toys. Can't wait to see her face on Christmas morning!

I am now trying very hard to keep her out of all toy shops/supermarket toy aisle and not let her see any toy cataloges etc as I really want it to be a big surprise. Her mind will be blown. smile

It is the first year we are giving her really tacky/fun/wow glitzy christmas toys rather than worthy/sensible/educational/wooden stuff.

DD2 will be 18 months and be excited by anything smile - but I have a very silly spinning puppy toy that she will adore.

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