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10 year old DD has nothing on her Santa list! Help me please

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toptotoeinsequin Wed 12-Dec-12 15:14:32

I don't want her to sound spoilt, but she really does has everything a 10 year old needs. She splits her time between me and her Dad too, which makes things even more difficult. We have arrangement where we let each other know what we're getting for presents, but this year even he doesn't know where to start! For info, he has all the money, I usually manage to scrape about £150-£200 to get her a main present and lots of stocking fillers. She has a bike, Nintendo DS, Wii, iPod touch, Blackberry, tv/dvd player. I was thinking maybe a Tablet? I've seen a few on Groupon etc but I have no idea if they are value for money or any good techie wise! She's just growing out of dolls (Monster High), but not quite into shopping for clothes, makeup, etc. She likes drawing and music. I think she still believes in Santa, or she's playing along anyway, but when I asked her to write her list to Santa, she said she can't think of anything and proceeded to get the Argos catalogue out...HELP ME PLEASE? smile Are there any bargains I've missed? I'm facing up to the fact I may have to actually venture out on to the high street this weekend. I prefer online shopping, but I'm just getting overwhelmed now and seriously starting to panic!
<rushes off to get a mince pie or three >

helpyourself Wed 12-Dec-12 15:24:07

I wouldn't get another screen- what about something on the day and then an experience?

lilolilmanchester Wed 12-Dec-12 15:28:04

given that she's got lots of electronic stuff, what about some sort of board game - good things you can play with 2 e.g. mastermind; boggle; othello; yahtzee?

Or if she likes drawing, other craft stuff: card making/scrapbooking/cupcake or cake pop making?

alarkaspree Wed 12-Dec-12 15:29:49

Roller skates or skateboard?

toptotoeinsequin Wed 12-Dec-12 15:43:28

thanks all! I just had a mind blank. Yes definitely board games, she loves Monopoly! Never thought of an experience, will google now.
Roller skates are a fab idea, although would I need helmet/pads etc? She's in my size too - so I could borrow them grin

bonzo77 Wed 12-Dec-12 15:43:56

Maybe a special trip somewhere. Theme park, horse riding, rock climbing, a course of pottery or other craft lessons, stuff for a big craft project like knitting or carpet making. I used to love drawing and once got a technical drawing pen (brand called rotring, £££) and special paper. Best present ever, used it for years.

smable Wed 12-Dec-12 15:49:55

Does she have a docking station for her ipod? Dd1 had one for xmas when she was 10 and it is used daily, stunt scooters are also very popular with preteens around our way.

DoubleMum Wed 12-Dec-12 16:13:37

My two have just got Monopoly City and really love it, definitely has the edge on Monopoly.

amck5700 Wed 12-Dec-12 16:17:44

Sewing machine
Drawing board and sets of quality pencils
CD or Itunes voucher
memory stick
Guitar (dad could maybe stump up for lessons)
Make up
Metal detector
Microscope/science stuff

There you go - any of that any use?

amck5700 Wed 12-Dec-12 16:18:26

oh, and headphones maybe?

neverquitesure Wed 12-Dec-12 16:45:19

If you live in an area without too much light pollution a telescope or decent pair of binoculars for star gazing

I'd second the sewing machine

If she's a creative but careful sort of girl, how about some basic 'grown up' craft and woodworking tools?

Boxed sets of books or a Kindle & Amazon vouchers

One of those American Girl type dolls? I read somewhere that they are most popular with girls who are aged 8-11 and older. I think there is a London based alternative too?

betterwhenthesunshines Wed 12-Dec-12 16:48:58

Rollerblades (and wrist and knee pads). Don't need special helmet - cycle helmet is advisable though.

Board games: Carcassone is a good one although better with more than 2 people, Blokus can be 2-4 people, Pictureka. Keep following the "people who bought htis also bought...." links on Amazon and you can discover lots of good games that you never knew existed.

Does she like drawing? - set of ££ but very beautiful Derwent colouring pencils and pile of sketchbooks?

chocolatelime Wed 12-Dec-12 16:54:26

Roller skates are a great idea - I bought these for my 10 year old DD last christmas and they were her most favourite present out of everything.

This year I have made a sewing kit with a lovely wicker hamper and selection of needles, threads, fasteners, sew on eyes, pom poms, fabric pieces, felt, scissors. Many of her friends enjoy sewing and creating their own items, so I think that she will be really excited about this.

Hair straighteners are a good idea.

Nail art kit

Ear muffs that you can plug your ipod into

mummytokdj Wed 12-Dec-12 17:00:14

A blackberry playbook tablet theyre fab and can run off blackberry phones internet for being on the go there fab and a 64 gb for £140. My 9 year old dd is getting one

gregssausageroll Wed 12-Dec-12 18:24:31

Theatre trip?

SquishyCinnamonSwirls Wed 12-Dec-12 18:31:50

One of dd's bigger presents this year are tickets to go and see The Script when they play not far from here. I've ordered her their new cd too and will put the tickets in a little envelope inside the cd smile

toptotoeinsequin Thu 13-Dec-12 14:06:03

Fantastic ideas thanks!

I'm almost tempted to get myself some roller skates too grin

Thing3WasKissingSanta Thu 13-Dec-12 14:36:10

My DD1 is 11 on Christmas eve and she is getting

- A sport scooter (Christmas)
- mp3 player (birthday)
- quad roller skates (birthday)
- watch (birthday)
- horrible histories series 1 - 3 on DVD (Christmas)

There are a few other bits that I can't remember now.

One year for her birthday I paid for her to be a zoo keeper for the day. She really loved it and got to stand within touching distance of a tiger, her face in the photo is very funny.

feetheart Thu 13-Dec-12 14:47:50

What is it with 9-10 yr old girls and sewing kits? We are doing one for our DD and at least 2 friends are doing them too - we have had a fabric swap between us so they get lots of interesting bits of fabric to sew too.

How about a ukelele, digital tuner (for the non-musical amongst us) and a teach-yourself book/CD? Quite easy to learn, great fun and doesn't make your ears bleed when you have to listen to it grin

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