Hits and Misses - all ages(72 Posts)
In prep for bargain buying for next year the successes in our house were:
peppa pig DD case
Playmobil advent calendar throughout Dec
Frozen Elsa had for hair styling
Bear claw back scratcher
Photobox personalised phone case
Face Mats (beer mats with lower faces in them)
Surprise Christmas Eve box from DH with new PJs, hot choc sachet and marshmallows, Christmas DVDs
Everyone who I got a burst bees bauble seems to really like that.
Teenage Nephews -
Joke Snot nose
I didn't get any misses and everyone has been polite but next year will buy more grown up things for friends kids as I think I went too young.
All present opening stopped in our house when DS2 (12) opened this..
DD 21 months loved ball full of glitter that flashes when it bounces, Ikea play kitchen, plastic tea set.
We got a Whittard flavoured hot chocolate set that we both love and some of those piss take Ladybird books which are really funny.
Miss - hideous garden ornament.
Ahh banta you've reminded me of a Christmas long ago when my DF was still alive - we got a version of that and it was hysterical
Well they haven't actually had much of a chance to use / play with their presents but so far....
Walking baby doll
BArbie dream house
Personalised football kit
Personalised goalie gloves
Lightsabers from new film
Slushy cups (but haven't actually used them yet!!)
Brian the robot (!)
Dd (3 and a half) really likes a sparkly stick on mosaic kit thing (think it's called "princess mosaics"? It's in her room so I can't check now - it definitely has the word "princess" in the title). You stick little shiny sticker squares onto card pictures of fairies, owls and similar, following a numbered code. Mosaics by numbers, sort of thing. I've never known her focus on any one thing for so long!
She also, more predictably, loved the My Little Ponies (small and large), the MLP Princess Twilight Sparkle's Rainbow Castle (though it's very flimsy and falls apart at the lightest touch), and her MLP DVD. Can you see a theme?
My daughter (5) hasn't stopped playing with a Barbie wardrobe with accessories that she can carry around. Biggest hit by a mile. My son is over the moon with his sink plunger that Santa got him, which obviously I'm not suggesting people buy but goes to show that the peculiar, random things that children ask for may actually be worth buying-because I did think Santa may have taken leave of his senses! Thanks for the thread! Will watch eagerly for next year...
DS1 and DS2 ages 3 and 1 both loved the duplo, the lightsaber, the toy cars and the baby doll sets.
DP loved all the star wars themed tat.
I loved my Polly Pocket stuff.
DS1 (11) loved his Lego Millenium Falcon, and a poo cushion. One very expensive and one very cheap!
DS2 (8) loved his Axehead figure from Pacific Rim . I carefully selected many presents but the one he loves is the one DH bought on a whim, typical! Also very happy with his Kylo Ren lightsaber.
Littlest pet shop house/shop
Books, craft sets
Barbie fairytale dress up
Sylvanian cottage (populated by paw patrol figures, poor cat family is homeless)
Fur real unicorn, I know she will play with this a bit more in her room later on but on the day was ignored
Nothing she played for hours and hours!
3yr old - WOW toys Flip n Tip Fred Garbage Truck - great play value
3yr old - Fischer Price Vintage cash register
5yr old - Imaginext Alpha Explorer and Alien Ion Ship - even I've been fiddling with these all day
5yr old - large motorized CAT digger
Expensive Magnatile set we got for both. These are, IMO, not nearly as sturdy or strongly magnetized as the wonderful Magformers set my son got for his birthday. They are not compatible either. big disappointment. Bought them months ago otherwise I would exchange.
oh, one other hit that didn't get a second glance on the day but has proven its interest since is the
male Niki Wonderland Bath doll I got my youngest. Both my boys (3 and 5) have had a hoot with him at bath time. I bought him 2 little clothes accessories as well - goggles/shower cap and a bath robe. He's quite delightful if I do say so myself
Burst Bees - . I know it was a mis-pront but it made me smile.
Teenage boy present success!!!!!
I took advise from the shop assistant and bought them ear buds which had zips on the wires which stop them from tangling. A choice of different sizes of foam circles (not sure what they are called) to go on the ear bugs meant a perfect fit too. I am one cool aunt
4 year old ds - buzz and woody, imagine batbot.
2 year old dd - dolly pram and magic feeding bottles.
Expensive magnatiles have been a miss so far here also. Hoping they will get into them.
Hexbugs were a 5 min wonder.
Dd3 fire engine, rc car
Dd14 disney tshirts from primark.
Ds 11months -dd3s Thomas train.
One of those glittery light up bouncyballs was a huge hit here too, three DCs aged 11 and 9 spent half the afternoon playing with it yesterday.
Humans of New York stories book. My Dad who is notoriously hard to buy for read it the entire day....bliss
GoPro Hero+ for DS (12) - he's been out filming the last 48 hours
Molton Brown baubles - given to a few friends who were delighted
Ripleys book - read cover to cover by DD(9)
We had no misses at all. Theve all a been played with. But favourites are
D's who's 10... he's drone... (that he lost over a house yesterday 50 pounds down the drain and he's is beyond upset... He got too excited and ran in to the front garden to play it before we could sat no )
He's black blazer.... I'm liking he's dress sence at the moment lol
And a rc tank that fire water and can go on land or water or mud.
Ds2 who's 6 favourite of everything was he's walle lego and then he rc batman transformer bot
They loved everything though
Well my 8 year old daughter was most thrilled on opening with a donut pan and some cuddly peas from the Disney store. Since then she has mostly played with the peas, a design a friend doll and the rapidough game. Thankfully we didn't seem to have any misses.
DS 7yo Hits:
Decorative toy lobster. £1 in a bargain bin, DS was instantly inseparable from "Clatterclaw" as he is now named. Kids are weird.
Noise making device. Present opening ground to a halt for quite a while.
Lego Friends set. Once I talked him past the "girly" packaging it paid off - accessories appeal as much to boys as girls and expand the play value of entire Lego collection. We spent Christmas morning building it together in front of the fire while Dad slept off his night shift and thus Dad only missed two presents being opened.
None really, DGPs got him Operation, we have Star Wars operation already. DS recovered well but DGPs sussed and offered to exchange it. This year DGPs refused hints and tips in advance, mostly they hit the spot.
My 16 month old daughter loves her Peppa Pig cushion and The Night Garden Everyone Loves Christmas book.
Haven't really had chance to play with gifts, we didn't open till really late xmas day and were out all day yesterday
after getting up at 1130!
But so far hits
Shopkins ice cream truck and figures dd7
Paw patrol rescue centre and figures dd3
Robot off amazon both loved it.
Space hopper dd3
Beakers with straws from Disney store both
Imaginext tentecular alien dd3
Inside out dvd and figures both
Snow globe dd7
Giant teddies from Disney store both
Mog teddies both (glad about this as I ventured there at 11pm after being told they had a delivery!)
Don't wake dad game - was beyond infuriating gave up after 30 mins and still no closer to anyone winning.
Spinning plates from tiger - they just wouldn't work as the stick kept coming apart.
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