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dancingsnowfairy Sun 11-Sep-16 10:28:49

Dd, 4 has so many toys already and as a result so does other dd who will have her first birthday just before Christmas. Will definitely go through and do a bit of a cull before more toys arrive, but just trying to come up with some non toy, useful alternatives. I'm hoping to get the youngest dd a little wheelie bag for when we go away / weekend visits to relatives and ballet uniform for the eldest but any other ideas would be much appreciated!

Flanderspigeonmurderer Sun 11-Sep-16 10:30:15

Books, clothes, a plate and cutlery set. Glow in the dark stars for the ceiling.

mycatstares Sun 11-Sep-16 10:32:50

My 4yr dd loves getting new cushions and fluffy blankets for her bed, slippers and dressing gowns are also a hit. Oh and she loves battery operated fairy lights for her room!

Hadagutsful Sun 11-Sep-16 10:33:47

Another vote for bedding - whatever character/theme DCs are currently into.

Blueisthemagicnumber Sun 11-Sep-16 10:38:48

Socks or tights in the stocking. I gave one of my ds a new packet of dummies grin. Hair bands/clips if they have long hair.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sun 11-Sep-16 10:39:49

Trunki ride on suitcases are really popular. They come in various styles like animals you can sit on but double up as a wheelie case.

The 4 year old might be old enough to appreciate tickets for a day out. Peppa Pig world or a zoo?

I know the weather is not ideal, but if you have a garden there are good deals in the winter on trampolines, swings, slides etc which the girls could share? We bought a trampoline and assembled it on Christmas Eve in the garden for a surprise on Christmas day.

dancingsnowfairy Sun 11-Sep-16 10:41:53

Thank you! Oh yes Flanders, books are an absolute must in this house toosmile bedding ideas are great - they're going on the list.

dancingsnowfairy Sun 11-Sep-16 10:47:16

Blue - that's a great idea. Will hold off just putting new tights and clips in the wardrobe and will save them up for the stocking. Dd loves tights and will be thrilled, especially if she's got to make do with her old ones for a good while yet! Ilost, they're all great ideas too, I'd quite like a trunki for me too!

AndNowItsSeven Sun 11-Sep-16 10:51:05

Dd5 loves sparkly dresses either regular or dress up, or general dressing up costumes. Plus sparkly hair accessories. She also loves her kindle fire for kids. They are reduced to £69.99 on Black Friday.

YesILikeItToo Sun 11-Sep-16 10:57:02

DD was impressed when she saw a bike with little decorations clipped onto the spokes, so I'm going to look for those for her.

FrazzleM Sun 11-Sep-16 11:03:08

This year I'm considering getting my kids (5 & 8) tickets for something.

I'm loathe to by them a pile of toys they won't play with!

wonderwoo Sun 11-Sep-16 11:04:53

Cinema tickets
lunch box
day out voucher
stationary

IwannaSnorlax Sun 11-Sep-16 11:08:41

My boys always love themed pyjamas & themed bed clothes. Books are also great & my 5 year old has loved getting notepads & pencils / pens since he was in nursery / reception & learning to write.

LiveLifeWithPassion Sun 11-Sep-16 11:14:54

Kites, sports stuff like tennis rackets, roller skates

scrivette Sun 11-Sep-16 11:22:08

My 5 year old was very pleased with a clock for his room and a music player with CD's.

MsWorthington Sun 11-Sep-16 11:33:48

I'm getting DD and her bff matching mermaid blankets (see pic). Also craft stuff, including the things that are always running out like glue sticks and googly eyes. In fact when DD was 5 her main present was box full of crafts bits and pieces, I had a lot of fun putting that together.

MsWorthington Sun 11-Sep-16 11:34:19

Mermaid blanket

MsWorthington Sun 11-Sep-16 11:34:49

I'll try again

MrsJayy Sun 11-Sep-16 11:35:31

A pass for somewhere would need to be a family present mind you bedding went down well when mine were younger. Make your own crafty things dress up clothes you dont need to pad out christmas with loads of parcels i found this out the hard way when we were over run with stuff blush A thing they want a thing they need and a surprise is the way to do it ime

PlaymobilPirate Sun 11-Sep-16 11:36:12

A special blanket?

Haudyerwheesht Sun 11-Sep-16 11:38:56

CD player and CDs
Sparkly shoes or dresses (Dd loves these)
Craft stuff because it can get used up. I find general stuff better than specific sets so playdoh, glitter, paint, brushes, various kinds of paper and cards, craft scissors, glue, feathers, gems etc
Nice things for their room
Bath toys?
Camera
Accessories for bikes or scooter like streamers, scooter headz, doll seat, spoke decorations
Busy books because they're a book and include small toys that can be easily stored again.

claraschu Sun 11-Sep-16 11:41:24

bean bag chair
popcorn maker
my daughter's favourite present ever- an old desk, with shelves and cubby holes, all filled with useful school supplies (maybe better for a 5 year old)

DandelionAndBedrock Sun 11-Sep-16 11:44:36

DP's mum suggested craft bits for his various small cousins last year, so we made up little activity packs for them - tiny backpacks (dotcomgiftshop are cheap - he banned me from buying them Cath Kidston ones) and then packs of craft bits from yellowmoon or baker ross - these work best if you are doing craft things for several children because they can be split up and shared across all of them.

DSis and I got a wendy house one Christmas - we were over the moon!

dancingsnowfairy Sun 11-Sep-16 12:16:55

These are all fantastic ideas, thank you so much. Off to have a good google, so much more fun to look for this kind of stuff too I think. Thanks again!

insan1tyscartching Sun 11-Sep-16 12:18:43

A tent or a wigwam for the garden, a desk or a table and chair for his room?

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