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Gifts for 6yr old girl in NZ

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TheBriscoesLady Sun 25-Sep-16 16:54:58

Posting in the hopes that any antipodean mumsnetters can help as they begin a new day!

I'm looking for a present or presents for a 6 year old girl in NZ which will need to be sent from the UK, so will need to be fairly light and non-breakable. Budget around £30. Not sure what toys are popular there these days and what TV shows etc they have.

She's a typical 'kiwi kid' so spends lots of time outdoors and is pretty active, but also enjoys games, crafts etc.

I already have a dress from the summer sales and a sequin craft kit but need something a bit more 'wow'.

What toys are popular in NZ this year?


Fintress Sun 25-Sep-16 16:58:59

How about one of these books, the postage is free worldwide and they do a deluxe edition. If she has a short name you can use a middle name too (just hyphenate it). We have sent one abroad in the past.

FireflyGirl Sun 25-Sep-16 19:14:19

M&S do free delivery to Oz nearer Christmas - they might do NZ too. Otherwise, could you order something from a NZ site? Pay for it to be gift-wrapped, or else ask her mum and dad to do it for you.

TheBriscoesLady Sun 25-Sep-16 22:07:11

Thanks both. I will have a look at the Lost My Name book. I always like to buy something personally and wrap and send it. It's a weird tradition between my friend and I (the mother of the 6 year old girl).

Teaguzzler Sun 25-Sep-16 22:33:14

My nephews live in NZ and I usually order from It's a nationwide chain which is really reasonably priced and stocks lots of toys. I am currently in NZ and was in there the other day and there are lots of great summer toys out, many water related. For my nephews I would order from there and get them delivered to my sister and she would wrap them for me. Makes it easy for them to return too if they already have it.

dontevenblink Mon 26-Sep-16 02:48:11

I'm in NZ and have young dc. Maybe have a look through the toys section of this department shop here to get an idea of what is available/popular

I'd say the main difference here is a lack of variety of toys, e.g. my dc liked fireman Sam but you can only get about 4 vehicles and the fire station here, I know in the UK you could get loads of things. So maybe you could find out if she's into anything in particular and get something that isn't available here? The other thing I could maybe think of is there's a card game I've heard mentioned on mumsnet that's meant to be good but I've looked and you can't get it here. Queens or something... I'll look it up.

dontevenblink Mon 26-Sep-16 02:49:55


Kiwiinkits Mon 26-Sep-16 02:55:46

As a mum in NZ, it's really hard to find good quality clothing in NZ for girls aged 6-9. Either it's very cheap quality / fall apart, or has tacky slogans.

So you could do her mum a favour and send some lovely Boden or NEXT or whatever?

Kiwiinkits Mon 26-Sep-16 02:56:53

What about a nice pair of togs swimsuit?

Kiwiinkits Mon 26-Sep-16 03:02:23

One final idea, the kids in my area seem to love Onesies i.e. those animal or character shaped zip up things. They're all the rage (have been for ages).

dontevenblink Mon 26-Sep-16 03:02:41

Oh yes, my dmum is stocking up on clothes for the dc for when she comes out, although we're happy with Sainsburys stuff as it's still much better grin

I have had some nice clothes from Kmart here that lasts well, but most of the stuff dd likes stops at 7 and she is a tall 8 year old.

PS I like your username briscoeslady grin

TheBriscoesLady Mon 26-Sep-16 22:47:45

Thanks folks - as some of you may have guessed from my username, I'm a NZ'er but have lived here for eons and have never had to worry about toy buying in NZ as my kids were born in the UK!

I have got some lovely clothes in the summer sales so that's been ticked off (and is more a gift for the mum than the girl herself!) so now looking for toys.

Did not know Farmers were online - how very 'modern'!

Avebury Mon 26-Sep-16 23:24:54

Carddies are good for that age group
Vtech secret diary but might be heavy
Gym ribbon
Lolo ball
Sticky mosaics - they do a jewellery box you can decorate
Playmobil swimming pool

Avebury Mon 26-Sep-16 23:29:31

Good games are
Happy Families
Whatever Next
Top Trumps if you know what she's into
Pie Face

Or what about a puzzle? They're quite light to post.

troubleinstore Wed 28-Sep-16 16:25:54

Djeco do a range of kraft and colouring stuff that is very flat and easily postable. Sold on Amazon ... fabulous stuff for all ages

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