Which Christmas presents were a hit - or miss - with DC???

(51 Posts)
OllieWollieWoo Sun 28-Dec-08 16:03:25

Was just wondering which presents were a hit with your DC - as well as which ones were not???

My DSs loved the rocket from ELC (as does DH!) and a lovely large wooden bus from Habitat. Also the wooden drawbridge from Tescos for their train track was a big success (only a fiver too!!!) Their new PJ's were just silently handed to me with a withering look - guess boys just don't get the idea of clothes as presents!

Flihgtattendant Sun 28-Dec-08 16:07:16

Ds2 (18mo) loves, loves, loves his little metal shopping trolley (from ebay - it was about £12) Not the best quality, and falls to bits if manhandled but I could keep it upright with lots of tape! (it's meant to come apart to store)

ds1 loved a Nano shocker remote control insect I got him, somewhat dubiously, reduced TO £20 in woolies...it is actually brilliantly made and very sharp in action, I can see why it was dear as that now - good value!!

Transformers regarded as a bit ordinary now as ds1 has so many (he is 5) and the instructions are piss poor, so some of them are stuck in robot mode...I can't bloody do them, so how can he!!

FlowChart Sun 28-Dec-08 16:14:23

Despite their enjoyment of expensive goodies such as Tranformers Scalextric (DS, 7) and My Horse and Me on Wii (DD, 5), their "best" presents, ie the ones they play with, were a delightfully matching pair of hideously noisy guns shock which came from the local pound shop. I didn't get them any clothes, they are always dismissed out of hand. Will wait till they are older - then they will looove them. My DD, 14 got some RocketDog pumps, which are apparently, better than breathing. Remember Imelda Marcos? She's got nothing on DD grin

YeahBut Sun 28-Dec-08 16:18:52

Ds got a balance bike which he loves.

starbear Sun 28-Dec-08 16:22:18

I saved presents from Ds's birthday (Oct) as he had to many. Well a friend dot him a Star Wars Clone spaceship/three legged machine. I thought he would play with it for 1 min then dump it but he hasn't. Playmobil not as great as I thought Boat or Plane!!sad maybe because he hasn't got anyone else to play with him today

goldFAQinsenceandmyrrh Sun 28-Dec-08 16:22:55

DS1 and 2 (and me for that matter grin) love their Wii.

DS3 loves his bike/trike I picked up in the Woolies sale - although he's gone and lost 2 of the bolts so I've not actually put it together yet - but he keeps trying to sit on it anyhow grin

simpsonsChristmasSpecial Sun 28-Dec-08 16:24:52

DS (3) loves his wheelybug and also a fake mobile phone from pound land grin

Smithagain Sun 28-Dec-08 18:14:35

DD1 (6) loves an irritating electronic beepy game thing that her friend gave her.

DD2 (3) loves her doll.

Lips for the X Box has been the star so far.

DoubleBluff Sun 28-Dec-08 18:18:04

DS1 loves his heelies
DS2 loves hi wrestling cage

tassisssss Sun 28-Dec-08 18:20:27

ds (5) adores his Ben 10 stuff - omnitrix, figures, voice changer, socks and a top (so clothes a huge his here but probably because the poor lamb never gets character stuff, usually wears stripes!)

dd (2) loves her cheap fifi phone that was in her stocking and her toy henry hoover "just like daddies" she announced blush

both have had a lot of fun with the bath crayons

I had a present amnesty for poor third child (6 months) but granny defied that and bought a fab Night Garden shape sorter toy that spins - lovely!

I am ridiculously pleased with my cake stand...

FlowChart Sun 28-Dec-08 18:21:50

goldFAQinsenceandmyrrh - I love my wii too - was my birthday present Jan 2007. The kids love it more than I do shock. Never thought that would happen - it does sad

SnowMuchToBits Sun 28-Dec-08 18:25:54

Ds (8) loved his Lego and Playmobil (no surprise there), but other "hits" were the night vision goggles, and rather surprisingly, the adventure tool he had in his stocking. It had a torch, compass, whistle etc on it, and he loves it. I bought it from Tickseed (a company which another MNer recommened, can't remember who) and it's definitely a success.

FlowChart Sun 28-Dec-08 18:32:13

Ooh - tassisssss - I got a cake stand as well. I love it to bits! ( I asked for one) I put all our sweets on it - it looked great, better than cakes (at Christmas, anyway). Can't wait to make muffins and put them on there. Am I irredemabiably sad?

Haribolicious Sun 28-Dec-08 18:42:20

No not at all!! I asked for a cake stand (well, cupcake stand) and DH just laughed at me and told me not to be so ridiculous! I'm now on the lookout in the sales! What kind did you get?

googgly Sun 28-Dec-08 18:50:14

I want a cupcake stand too!

compo Sun 28-Dec-08 18:54:00

dd (2) got a toy birthday cake that has a knife to sice the pieces and it sings happy birthday ad stops when you blow out a candle
it was from tesco , was 4.99 and she loves it

tassisssss Sun 28-Dec-08 18:56:27

My cakestand was from whittards (could well be reduced to clear by now!)), raised and totally flat. I love it and keep thinking of all the cakes I can make and put on it. Dsil has a cupcake stand that I borrow (or better still she's been known to provide the cupcakes as well!), it's great!

llynnnn Sun 28-Dec-08 19:00:10

dd (2) LOVES her doctors set. I am bored of being operated on and her telling me she's got a poorly eye/belly/leg/arm/nose/head/back/foot/toe/nail etc etc etc!! but she adores it!!

FlowChart Sun 28-Dec-08 19:18:52

Hi to all that asked about the cake stand/cupcake stand - tassisssss is right - whittards is where to go. Alternatively, I have seen loads of them in charity shops. They may be pants but all you need is the middle bit - just unscrew the support thing, and drill through some nice plates of diminishing sizes, making sure you put some tape over the bit you want to drill so it doesn't crack.

ds1 (4) loves super gears set, bowling game from woolies.
ds2 (3) lovs drum set and guitar.

SnowballsintheSky Sun 28-Dec-08 19:29:20

DD (11mo) adores the giant Upsy Daisy I got from Toys R Us. Her birthday is in a week or so so I might wrap it up for her again! wink

PlonkerAlkaseltzerInMyGlass Sun 28-Dec-08 19:37:04

Dd1 (nearly 9) - her fluffy dressing gown grin
Dd2 (5) - a huge craft box
Dd3 (17 months) - upsy daisy and her bed!

My fav thing is my snuggly Pj's (which i haven't taken off today <slattern>)
Dh's fav is his sat nav system. Boys and their toys grin

No misses ...well, not that anyone has expressed anyway wink

RubyrubytheRubynosedReindeer Sun 28-Dec-08 19:41:59

The Wii
Dart board
Imagine Teacher on Nintendo DS
Bead jewellery making set

Mimia Sun 28-Dec-08 20:30:38

DD (2) loves her doctor's set, although I am alittle dubious that she wanted to inject me in the eyes hmm

MissusHoHoHo Sun 28-Dec-08 20:41:53

dd1 (6) loves her karaoke machine (not sure if the neighbours are that keen...) and Guess Who Extra

dd2 (3mths) waves her arms & legs about whenever the baby whoozit appears!!

MrsDoylesMole Sun 28-Dec-08 20:45:38

Nintendo ds
HSM dance mat
Playmobil
HSM microphone
Various books inc Calm down boris
Were all hits

Fureal friends puppy has gone the same way as the cat ,it just wont do anything it is supposed to do.

gemmiereindeerlegs Sun 28-Dec-08 20:57:23

the dolls house has been popular with both dcs and they have been fightingover the electronic Ben 10 watch that Santa 'almost' forgot. dd has already exhausted me with her new mog books, she has now got all of them so i can read Mog stories every night of the week.

dh is inordinately pleased with his guitar hero World Tour and I got my favourite kind of duck egg blue Tiffany bag with a silver bracelet which was wonderful for being frivolous, just for me and entirely unexpected

MilaMae Sun 28-Dec-08 22:52:09

Ds5 adores his Playmobil trainset, Mini Skalectrix and trick poo from Hawkins.

Ds5 adores his MP3 player from ELC,watch, Dr Zeuss books and Tummy Ache.

DD3nearly 4 adores her double dolly pushchair,Baby Born, Hairy Mclarey set of books,Lauren Child's Goldilocks and Sylvanian Families Primrose Nursery.

Misses were Golden Coin Maker,ds loves it but it's crap,we've only made 1 coin so far. Voice changer-it's driving me bats!!!!!!!!!!!

feedthegoat Sun 28-Dec-08 22:55:06

Ds loves little tikes digital camera (even though pics are awful) and playmobil dustbin lorry.

kitbit Sun 28-Dec-08 22:59:24

ds (4) particularly loves his playmobil castle, his tractor keyring and his Thunderbirds rocket - the rocket and all accompanying bits come to bed with him every night and is set out carefully on his bedside table.

Surprise hit was the 2nd hand Eye-TV camera dh found in the GAME shop and interactive pre-Wii stylie game for our PS2. Total cost about a tenner, played with over Xmas ad infinitum.

Rubbish gifts gratefully received in the good spirit in which they were given but actually are totally crap:
2009 diary from pound shop, all the pages fell out when I opened it
Ugg style slippers which don't stay on sad my feet are COOOOLLLD
annual candle from MIL with weird swirls on which smells AWFUL, I might use it if the cat poos in the shower tray again to mask the smell but otherwise...

IllegallyBrunette Sun 28-Dec-08 23:01:21

Dd1&2 are thrilled with wii fit and Animal Crossing (as am i).

Dd2 also loved a set of books that I got her and she has read 3 already shock.

Ds loved all of his Star Wars stuff, especially his scooter.

seringoutthosebellstonight Sun 28-Dec-08 23:06:35

Planx has been a big hit with everyone

EachPeachPearMum Sun 28-Dec-08 23:15:10

mimia my DD (2.10) is also loving her doctors set- though she uses the syringe sideways for some reason! grin

mrsmaidamess Sun 28-Dec-08 23:16:11

Fake dog poo -MAJOR hit

Micro Scooter -Won't come out of the box for months......

DD (20 months) loves her Upsy Daisy Bed and her etch a sketch

DSD (5) loves her v tech digital camera and a crappy little pink plastic purse she has (with 10p in it grin)

VisionsOfSugarPlums Sun 28-Dec-08 23:54:51

Ds1 loves his Guitar hero World Tour
Ds2 loves a game called Worms 3D which I actually had to get second hand as he really wanted it and it had been discontinued. He had asked for it last year and not got it so I would have felt terrible not getting it for him this year.
Ds3 loved his Ben 10 Omnitrix ( spelling) but seems to now have lost it!hmm

ProtegeMoi Fri 28-Dec-12 11:19:28

I have a cupcake stand that i'm trying to swap if anyone is interested?

It's a pink wire one, think 3 tiers but not opened the box to check.

It's brand new, unwanted gift. Very nice just I don't bake.

Would swap for virtually anything, smellies, make up, slippers, socks etc. or anything suitable for DD 10, DS 8 or DD 7 months.

Loulousmummy Fri 28-Dec-12 11:42:23

Spent ages trying to put the marble run together. Dd dropped the marbles in once and hasn't bothered since.

shriekingnora Fri 28-Dec-12 11:50:21

Guinea pigs have gone down a storm here! No misses really.

pateran Fri 28-Dec-12 12:13:45

DS 6 Internet Tablet - loves it never put it down the whole of Christmas day and DS2 1's toy jeep. I can see tears. Also DS6 loves the Brain Box World game oh and the Nerf Jolt.

DS2 1 Tomy Pic 'n' pop
Mostly all a big success.

WeAllHaveWings Fri 28-Dec-12 14:38:44

ds(8) loves his MGP stunt scooter, its been raining most of the time since Xmas morning so he hasnt been out on it much, just strokes it lovingly.

iPod was a surprise for him and a huge hit. Skylander Giants also good.

Hit games are Jungle Speed and Q-Bitz (thanks to whoever recommended both on here).

Only miss so far is Uno Roboto, could be an ok game, but really really quiet so we cant hear what its saying most of the time without everyone being silent and pressing the repeat button which is annoying. We already had and loved Uno and Uno Extreme, but cant see us playing Uno Roboto again.

Dromedary Fri 28-Dec-12 14:42:15

My DCs (8 and 10) got a whole year's subscription to the fab weekly comic The Phoenix. So that'll keep them busy with fun stuff to read until next Christmas!

ProphetOfDoom Fri 28-Dec-12 14:55:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PolkadotCircus Fri 28-Dec-12 18:12:57

Dd nearly 8- Stateside roller blades,decorate your own helmet and pads,SF Willow Hall,SF hamster family and a pair of SF crutches

Dtwin s 9 Lego Monster Fighters ghost train, Appgear fishing rod

Dtwin s 9 Stylaphone from Hawkins Bazaar

All 3- shared Lego Monster Fighters Vampre Castle

piprabbit Fri 28-Dec-12 18:16:42

The UDraw pad for use with the XBox was a huge success with everyone for a tenner.

DS loved his VTech Switch and Go Axl the Ankylosaurus - he is 4.5yo and took it to bed grin.

HairyPotter Fri 28-Dec-12 18:19:22

Why bump a four year old thread? hmm

shriekingnora Fri 28-Dec-12 20:19:46

I didn't even notice (am in a wine and choclate stupor).

Roseformeplease Fri 28-Dec-12 20:22:00

Weird, ancient thread where things come from Woolies!

PearlyWhites Fri 28-Dec-12 20:24:16

I did think the 2009 diary was a bad presants even if the pages were intact!

ProtegeMoi Fri 28-Dec-12 20:33:51

Whoops didn't realise sorry blush

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