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Suggests for presents a 9yo can buy friends

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sunshine75 Sat 02-Dec-17 07:43:36

9yo dd has started a new school and wants to buy Christmas presents for 'all' of her friends. This amounts to 7 flipping girls!!

So, even £5 per girl is going to cost £35.

Any suggestions of cheap presents that would look half decent?

buckeejit Sat 02-Dec-17 07:47:45

I’d discourage it tbh. I wouldn’t allow my dc to do that & would be a bit pissed off if one of their friends bought them a present as If feel the need to reciprocate.

How about drawing them a picture or putting a chocolate coin in a card, or a nice pencil/pen?

SheRaaarghPrincessOfPower Sat 02-Dec-17 07:49:44

Yes, I agree that you should discourage it. Chocolate coins in a card is a good idea though

allthegoodusernameshavegone Sat 02-Dec-17 07:49:50

I’d ask her how much of her pocket money she wants to spend on them.

NewtsSuitcase Sat 02-Dec-17 07:50:20

I would also say no. It isn't fair to make people feel like they have to reciprocate and these things just spiral.

At the very most I would suggest a pack of mini maltesers attached to a christmas card.

PETRONELLAS Sat 02-Dec-17 07:53:01

Baker Ross have some festive stationery sets which are usually around £5 for four sets so a token gesture.

butterfly990 Sat 02-Dec-17 07:54:51

My DD is going to get these for her friends for Xmas. You cn also buy them in the plainer flavours eg. chocolate at Sainsbury.

I would look at the Tsum Tsums (obese disney plushies). They do small ones in Clintons.

OutandIntoday Sat 02-Dec-17 07:56:58

Don't do it - you will piss off the parents who will feel they need to reciprocate- fair enough if they are very long standing friends and therefore the parents will understand- but you say you are new so i think it will annoy. Sweets in a card is a great idea.

SlimDogMillionaire Sat 02-Dec-17 08:05:55

Get an icing pen/tube for writing. Help your dd make gingerbread men (or women!), decorate with smarties/whatever and write each girls name on.

Go to Claire's Accessories (or similar) buy multi packs of lip balms or bangles and give one to each friend. Ditto multi packs of books/socks/novelty rubbers/mini christmas tree decorations.

Some of the girls at my dd school have done this sort of thing for a couple of years now they are getting older. I don't get pissed off but if you want to err on the side of caution go with something home baked.

fucksakefay Sat 02-Dec-17 08:10:08

No way
If she wants to make friends how about a little Xmas party at yours and do a secret santa
Or a chocolate coin in a Xmas party

fucksakefay Sat 02-Dec-17 08:10:21

Choc coin in a Xmas card not party!

Helspopje Sat 02-Dec-17 08:15:31

Home made bath bombs cost aboitv50p and are dead easy

user1493413286 Sat 02-Dec-17 08:23:53

I’d suggest making something; a cheap bead bracelet set and she can make them all one or just make them a card and give a chocolate coin. By doing presents it then puts the pressure on other parents to do the same and it’s quite an expense at this time of year

doze931 Sat 02-Dec-17 13:14:27

My son has previously done (small class)
Christmas sticker book (49p each)
Christmas choc lolly (39p each)
Minion/frozen pen (pennies each)

This yr we are going to put a candy cane on each card

AvoidingDM Sat 02-Dec-17 13:39:03

I'd discourage it too.
However a cheaper option would be a £1 or £2 selection box each or chocolate oranges or matchmakers if they want to act more grown up. You / she won't be so upset if it's not reciprocated it also keeps the spend low in case it becomes an annual event.

halcyondays Sat 02-Dec-17 13:46:58

When i was young if you gave xmas presents to friends at that age it would have been something very inexpensive, you definitely wouldn't need to spend £5 each, that's more for birthdays.

snowmanshoes Sat 02-Dec-17 14:41:38

Claires do packs of rings/necklaces/bracelets that divided up would only be £1 or so each and they say 'friends' on them.Those could be put in a card and then not great expense but a nice gesture.

NoelNiki Sat 02-Dec-17 14:43:40

Tell her no. Christmas isnt about buying stuff although on here it is blatantly all it is about

Say she can give them cards.

Hellywelly10 Sat 02-Dec-17 14:55:29

Pound shop?

RavenWings Sat 02-Dec-17 15:19:03

If she is thinking of giving out presents at school that needs to be cleared with her class teacher first. I had a group a few years back who did a secret santa (not with all in the class) and tried to give them out at school. Presents and children got frogmarched to the principal!

mywayalltheway Sat 02-Dec-17 15:19:51

My DC wants to buy quite a few friends a Christmas present but just a bar of chocolate each (large/family size) so won't be too expensive, anything more and I would have said no

annandale Sat 02-Dec-17 15:22:34

At this age she should make them something herself if she wants to - have a look on you tube for origami stars maybe? You could shell out for a pack of origami paper if you wanted to, or just a pack of craft red paper which would be more flexible.

annandale Sat 02-Dec-17 15:23:58

Sorry posted too soon - but a card is bad enough plenty. Her friendship is enough for them.

InflagranteDelicto Sat 02-Dec-17 17:11:39

Had this problem for a couple of years with both dds (11 & 9). One year we did £1 boxes of chocolate shells. One girl in dd2's class regifted teddies that she no longer wanted, which I thought was genius! Might try peppermint creams this year.

Wait until secondary where the tutor groups have a secret santa! That's even more angst.

PorklessPie Sat 02-Dec-17 17:31:19

On Amazon they have 4 for £10 on books. Go high to low and there are some fantastic klutz books on there smile

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