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3bunnies Wed 06-Nov-13 13:43:41

I have 3 dc, dd2 would love to keep up with dd1 who is 2 yrs older. Last year I made most of the items in stockings similar - makes sense as FC can clearly source 3 instead of 1. Generally I do variations on a themes - e.g. this year giving blu tack, white tack and pink tack. At least this keeps the arguments to a minimum, then their main presents from us are all different. I have to deal with sibling rivalry every other day - is nice not to do it on Christmas morning.

Just wonder if it makes it too samey and tend to gear towards oldest - so have seen memo notes which look really cute and ideal for dd1 to mark a vocab word she wants to check with me later, but does 4yr old ds really need these? though he does have access to years worth of toys/tat from his sisters I do put a few different bits in tailored to the child, but would say about 7/10 items in stocking are similar. What do you tend to do? Age range 4-8.5, and all fairly similar interests. So do you give similar stuff or completely different?

3bunnies Thu 07-Nov-13 19:18:57

Unfortunately dd2's birthday is just 2 weeks after dd1 so the most desirable objects go straight onto her list! We do some things by age - though car seats we do by weight - much to petite dd2's disgust! Finally out of stage 2! Plus dd1 wouldn't ask for a tablet because she knows we would probably say too expensive/too young. Then dd2 will complain that their lists were mixed up. Happy to deal with their jealousy at 11am but going for the easy life at 6 am on Christmas Day!

Pogosticks Thu 07-Nov-13 15:15:00

I think sometimes you have to say 'its when you reach x age' - much easier for a tablet to be a birthday present when siblings don't get anything anyway, than at Christmas when they are bound to compare the excitingness of what they have.

We have this with booster seats/car seats with backs so it is strictly an age thing. DD can't wait for her next birthday to be able to change her seat hmm

ShoeWhore Thu 07-Nov-13 14:24:48

re the tablet - we had a similar dilemma last year - ds1 got an ipod touch for Christmas and while ds2 would have dearly loved one, we were quite firm on that being something he would get when he was 8. He took it reasonably well tbh, probably helped by the fact that we got him a proper camera - so taking photos is very much his thing. (We also encourage ds1 to share sometimes which helps a bit)

Constantly have this issue with things like films as well so I feel your pain!

3bunnies Thu 07-Nov-13 10:18:44

I don't think it was the specifics of the post-it notes I'll soon use them I guess it is more that I feel sometimes dd1 doesn't get stuff in her stocking because I know it will cause arguments even if dd2 wouldn't have chosen them anyway. On a larger scale at nearly 9 dd1 probably should soon be getting a tablet - but once she does floodgates will open and they will all be clambering for them - dd2 (yr2) claims every other child in hrr class already has one. I imagine that when ds is 9 he will probably already have one but I am not happy with a 4 yr old having his own as he already uses ours enough so would be no benefit in getting another one. It seems though as if I am not alone in settling for an easy life on Christmas am.

ShoeWhore Thu 07-Nov-13 09:59:31

Mine are aged 6-9. Similar items here too but with some different. eg last year everyone got chocolate, satsuma, Christmas decoration, Gogos, a DVD. Then ds1 got shin pads, swimming goggles and a wallet. Ds2 spy glasses, felt tips and a puzzle book. Ds3 a torch, goggles and a puzzle book.

I wouldn't spend too much time worrying about 99p post-it notes though (I mean this kindly) - might encourage the 4 yo to write little notes and that can't be a bad thing!

wamabama Thu 07-Nov-13 09:50:01

Same stuff, different variations on the same item perhaps but overall the same. I have a boy and two girls all under four but stockings are practical above all for me. It's the smaller gifts that weren't worthy of being under the tree grin.

I got them a small book, toothbrush, wash mitt, cutlery, Happyland figure, small toy, socks and they each get a satsuma for traditional purposes of course.

WaitingForMe Thu 07-Nov-13 07:50:37

Two oldest (8 and 5) get the same and I plan for DS (1) to be having the same from 2015.

It's a bit tricky as DSSs always want to play with what DS has but I think bath books and basic cars are a bit beneath a kid who read novels and build hugely complicated Lego models.

BeaWheesht Thu 07-Nov-13 01:13:05

I have an almost 7 year old ds and a 3.5 year old dd.

They get some of the same in their stockings so this year for example they've each got:

Wind up torch
Foam glider plane
Mini selection box
Thumb doodles book
Mini water pistol
Wind up dog

But then ds will get things like a spy pen, small lego set, shin pads etc and dd will get hair clips, Santa duck and peppa pig pens.

Pogosticks Wed 06-Nov-13 23:22:53

My 2 have v similar stuff - mainly coz its all practical - socks pants stationery toiletries... Then something that they have asked FC for. I do try to keep to same sort of amounts and 'type of item' but without filling house with duplicates. so eg this year DS will have a survival bracelet and DD has a caribiner screwdriver.

notagiraffe Wed 06-Nov-13 22:56:49


I do some the same (or versions, like your blutack, pink tack) - so a book each, a tee shirt each, box of favourite sweets each (DS1 loves Turkish delight, DS 2 wouldn't unwrap a sweet that doesn't contain chocolate) and then do equivalents, so DS1 might get three things related to survival kits and DS 2 will get three things related to playing guitar, because those are their interests.

MissLurkalot Wed 06-Nov-13 22:50:21

Naughty Animal Poo Keyrings!!

3bunnies Wed 06-Nov-13 21:03:48

post-it notes think was a different supplier but same selection. There are other similar sets on ebay too if you search for similar items. Couldn't choose so hope I get 3 different ones.

hallowisitmeyourelookingfor Wed 06-Nov-13 21:00:17

I tend to do a mix of similar items and different for the DDs. They are close in age, but have some different interests.
Some items where I buy/have bought 2 but a diff one for each are things like...
Coin purse (accessorize)
novelty magnets (they use these on their radiator, it's covered!)
Scented rubbers
Melamine plates/bowls/cups depending on age
fluffy socks (fat face do some nice kids ones although they wriggle down)
Moshi characters
Lego stuff (keyring torches/minifigures)
Lush bath bomb
lip balm
letter writing set
cookie cutters
cake cases

My main places to go for their stockings are Paperchase (loads of the same things in multiple designs), Urban Outfitters, Accessorize and John Lewis. Along with bloody Amazon of course!
I love doing their stockings, it's my absolute favourite bit of Christmas!

3bunnies Wed 06-Nov-13 19:36:41

misspontypine we do that two - well dh insists on one present each in turn and I pack them roughly in order although a little randomness so that it's not always the same one opening them first.

I'm really pleased that it has helped sheeparefluffy looks as if pink-tack and led finger rings are the MN stocking filler of the moment!

chicaguapa Wed 06-Nov-13 19:30:39

I would say about 50% of DC's stockings is the same and the other half is appropriate to their age and interests. It seems to work ok.

misspontypine Wed 06-Nov-13 19:27:04

father christmas my mum made mine and my brother's stockings pretty simalar.

We had strict rules about opening the presents at the same time as each other so the supprise was not ruined by the other child racing through their stocking and the slower child opening exactly the same gift a few moments after.

Sheeparefluffy Wed 06-Nov-13 19:17:17

3bunnies you have made my day! smile my DD has SEN and carries blu tac with her everywhere due to sensory problems. She is also obsessed with anything pink, I didn't know that pink tac even existed. shock

Just ordered some from amazon, she will be thrilled with it! Thanks thanks

RosieBloom32 Wed 06-Nov-13 19:07:34

pukkapine - Where did you get Christmas punch balloons?

Can you link to those post it notes 3bunnies?

pukkapine Wed 06-Nov-13 18:41:57

pretty similar... DS (7) and DTD's (will be 4). The girls get almost identical but different colours of things... then there is some similarity to DS but some things will be different but for example if the girls are getting Disney Princess sweets then DS is getting Monsters Inc etc... then they are all getting things like toothbrush, glo-wands, xmas punch balloons - so same but different colour or whatever.

3bunnies Wed 06-Nov-13 18:36:24

Mine enjoy story cubes - dd2 was given the green pack - am going to get them each one of the add on packs dd1-clues, dd2 - enchanted, ds - prehistoric. Glad I'm not the only one dodging arguments! The post-it memo notes are v cute - animals on ebay for 99p. I imagine that ds's will be all over FIL house by boxing day though.

JustbecauseIcould Wed 06-Nov-13 18:24:39

Similar items. Mine will be 3yo and 6yo (both dd's) at Christmas and its just not worth the arguments of putting completely different things in.

I am doing pink post it notes, the 3yo will no doubt use them in a completely different way to the 6yo but she will still have fun with them so who cares?

They each have colouring pencils, crayons, gliders, light up rings, socks, knickers, bubble wands, tube of sweets, satsumas, choc coins, a play doh pot, finger puppets, watercolour paints, glow in the dark bracelets, wind up torch and a choc father Christmas.

Where they differ is that DD1 has a wooden recorder while dd2 has a wooden harmonica.

DD2 also has a cheap disposable camera and a new skipping rope - there could be arguments over the camera but frankly I'm not paying to get pictures developed that were taken by a 3yo.

Am also thinking of getting dd2 some 'story cubes' from Amazon but I know for sure dd2 will want them so am hesitating.

Having one dc must be so much easier at times like these.

attheendoftheday Wed 06-Nov-13 18:11:43

I mostly put similar items in, but my two are both girls and close in age. I include a few different items (though always the same number of things).

Primrose123 Wed 06-Nov-13 14:49:06

I would say that normally your DS might not be interested in post it notes, but, if they were in his sisters' stockings and not in his, he might want them more than anything else in the world! Definitely put them in!

SpockSmashesScissors Wed 06-Nov-13 14:44:25

I have 3 DC, 9, 6, 4 all tend to get pretty similar stuff, am sure 4 year old would like some post it notes as much as the 9 year old.

I tend to go for lego figures, post its, fancy pens, little cars, paper glider plane, very popular last year was a keyring each - they were animals and when you squeezed them brown goo came out of the bottom, sounds disgusting but you couldn't help squeezing. these

Blu tack is a good idea, will include that this year, in different colours.

3bunnies Wed 06-Nov-13 14:32:40

smile Maryanne you are me last year!

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