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I want to spend no more than £70

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TabithaTwitchEye Thu 19-Nov-15 20:12:49

MAXIMUM for DD's Christmas presents. She's just turned 3 this month and I spent far too much.

What sorts of things would a three year old girl like? I'm thinking volume over quality, to be honest. She's got a scooter, balance bike etc (both of which she hates!).

£70 is my real maximum. If I can get lots of things to unwrap for under £50 I'd be delighted.

IAmAPaleontologist Thu 19-Nov-15 20:19:01

Sticker books
Crayons
Other random craft stuff
Books
Duplo
Beads to thread
Plastic animals
Ikea play tent

Hell you could get a mountain of really good stuff for your budget!

TabithaTwitchEye Thu 19-Nov-15 20:57:29

Thank you! That list is really helpful!

TabithaTwitchEye Thu 19-Nov-15 20:58:56

Stupid question - where's best to buy cheap plastic animals, craft stuff etc? Most stuff I've seen (on Amazon to be fair) is about 10 quid a pop, which is too much

Artandco Thu 19-Nov-15 21:01:49

Look at 'the works'. They have loads of kids craft stuff at reasonable prices.

FireflyGirl Thu 19-Nov-15 21:04:12

At that age, craft stuff would be a huge hit. With lots of glitter! Maybe some stamps and ink pads, or glittery paint (Poundland). And sequins.

How about food/other items you don't usually buy? Sparkly bath bombs, cereal selection pack all to herself, Frozen branded pasta shapes; things she might ask for in the general grocery shopping which you absolutely refuse to pay ridiculous amounts of money for have to say no to.

BeaBoo Thu 19-Nov-15 21:07:11

The Works is ace for craft stuff. It's so cheap. They have an online shop and there's often codes floating around for money off or free delivery.

FireflyGirl Thu 19-Nov-15 21:07:37

For cheap craft stuff, agree with The Works, or else try Poundland/Home Bargains/B&M. Don't forget the glitter wink

They usually have nice books in as well, and Home Bargains/B&M might even have the groceries - B&M have a lot of American sweets/cereals in.

ALemonyPea Thu 19-Nov-15 21:10:10

I love The Works for crafty stuff/books/cheap but resilient toys. Lots of bargains from there and they often do vouchers on their homepage for money off when you spend X amount.

Also, the Entertainer toy shop usually has some good bargains.

PjDay Thu 19-Nov-15 21:13:13

Duplo was a huge hit last year when DD was 3. If she doesn't already have a toy kitchen Ikea have brought out one for £25. DD and all her friends still play with theirs.

FusionChefGeoff Thu 19-Nov-15 21:21:34

Aldi are stocking quite a lot of cheap presents for that sort of age plus 'present' socks / pants / pjs

FusionChefGeoff Thu 19-Nov-15 21:24:25

Also try eBay for bigger things? In my experience, kids that age don't really know about 'new' and boxes etc. I've bought a ton of track and trains which I will just wrap up in a shoe box or similar. Great way to get way more for your money.

BabyTheCaveLion Thu 19-Nov-15 21:32:58

I've spent £75 each on my 2&3 year olds this year. They have 2 bigger presents each and then lots of little bits and pieces - colouring books, stickers, playdoh, pens, notebook, pants, bubble bath, annual, chocolate etc.

You can pick up some really good imagination play stuff for £20ish - eg a shop till and play food, play camping equipment, post office etc. Hours of fun at this age!

lunar1 Thu 19-Nov-15 21:34:57

Indoor tent filled with balloons.

OddSocksDontMatch Thu 19-Nov-15 21:55:52

Place marking for ideas. smile

ItsaTenfromDen Thu 19-Nov-15 22:01:29

There are some lovely Christmas activity books in Lidl, can't remember if they were £1.99 or £1.49.

MTWTFSS Thu 19-Nov-15 22:13:51

Bath toys?

TabithaTwitchEye Thu 19-Nov-15 22:15:25

Thank you! Brilliant. I'll try and find some time to get down to Aldi and Lidl. So hard when you work full time and don't drive.

One important thing I've learned from her birthday (literally a couple of weeks ago) is that that what I think is a good quality present etc, does not have the "wow" factor when unwrapping. We're really quite skint now, so it's all about not getting into debt but making sure that she enjoys the experience of unwrapping things on Christmas morning, if you know what I mean?

madmother1 Thu 19-Nov-15 22:30:24

Fill a large box with balloons. My children loved it when they were young x

Lovelydiscusfish Thu 19-Nov-15 23:15:30

Poundland is your friend here (if you can get to one). They have some nice Christmassy DVDs and books in at the moment suitable for preschoolers. Plus their perennial great craft range (I really should have shares in them).
Wilko's also do decent affordable toys - a lot of baby doll accessories that are quite fun, if that's what she's in to?
Charity shops great for cheap children's books. Jigsaws and board games and stuff too. I got DD a box of My Little Pony fuzzy felt from one last weekend for 99p. It is, after myself and her father, probably the thing she would save in a fire.

Seeyounearertime Thu 19-Nov-15 23:32:06

I think that's all we've spent, we tried to get around 10 presents.
Dressing up outfits (good old EBay)
Playdoh tool kit (£10 on Smyth's)
Pop up pirate (£10 on Smyth's,)
A stuffed bing (£7.50 on Amazon)
A stuffed Sula (£7.50 on Amazon)
Kinetic sand set (£15 on Amazon)
Poundland jewelry
Poundland colouring books and pencils etc.
Peppa DVDs (£3 on Amazon)
Twirlywoos bath boat (£7 Amazon)

I think a 2.5 to will be happy with that. grin

Seeyounearertime Thu 19-Nov-15 23:38:04

Just as an aside:
Over the 2.5years we've probably spent over £1500 on toys and she spends zero time playing with them. But give her an old suce pan and wooden spoon, she plays for hours. Give her an empty bicuit tin, its a mountain and a drum and tool to reach what she shouldn't.
All those things that people said about kids playing with the empty box and not the toy are all true. grin

So unlike last year where we agonised for weeks over what to get her, a kitchen with light up hobs and sound effects etc which now gathers dust, this year we've got a few bits we hope she'll like. grin

HerdOfRhino Fri 20-Nov-15 07:37:03

Tiger is a good place for cheap gifts. Also, Cex is great for cheap dvds.

Home Bargains do some lovely dressing up stuff too. I have not looked recently, but I have managed to get some nice things on the Kiddicare website before now.

There was also another website mentioned on here, the other day. Hema - Some of there stuff looked nice - Not seen it in real life though.

Also, H&M and Primark, and sometimes even Matalan, do some nice bits. Elc do free click and collect, and they quite often have reductions.

There is a seller on Ebay, at the moment, selling some brand new Wow toy sets (admittedly the small ones, for £3.99 but they are on Buy One Get One Free). They could be good, if that your dd's sort of thing.

I daren't do a link because last time I tried to link something it went wrong!

Hope you enjoy getting all her presents together. I love getting my ds's presents.... It's the wrapping up I can't stand! smile

HerdOfRhino Fri 20-Nov-15 07:39:55

* Some of their stuff looked nice. blush

cantgonofurther Fri 20-Nov-15 07:59:25

My dd3 has about £70 spent.
£25 wooden train
5 books for £5 at the works.
Stocking about £15, try and pick up bits for less than £2. Most shops like tesco have a pocket money section with the toys which is good for stocking fillers. My dd like cars and you can get hotwheels for £1.50.

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