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Ideas for game obsessed dsd10?

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ShinyGreenElephant Mon 16-Nov-20 13:47:32

We are massively struggling with presents for my dsd - she is 10 and her only real interest is fortnite although she does sometimes play Minecraft too and something like inky? She is adamant she only wants vbux Which is fortnite money but we have 3 other kids who will have lots to open. We don't have consoles here and try and limit her phone / ipad use to under 5 hrs a day which is a source of huge conflict so we don't really want her only presents to be game points, but we do want her to actually like her presents- pointless to buy her what we wish she would like instead of what she actually likes. She already has a fairly new phone, ipad and laptop from previous birthdays and Christmases. Weve bought her a bike and a scooter in the past and her mum sold them both saying she never used them. She does have a bike here which she has no interest in. She hates lego etc, doesnt read or do anything artistic, no real interest in clothes (we have got her a few bits of YouTube merch - a hoody and cap which she chose herself, and a fortnite onesie. I think any more clothes than that she will find disappointing). Weve bought her nice trainers before and her mum sold them. Any ideas? Were so stuck and I feel there will be tears and tantrums on Christmas day when she either hates all her presents or feels she has the least to open. Her mum is no help - last time we asked her she told us to buy her a phone, then she gave her her old one a few days earlier and guilted her into telling us she wanted to keep that one and didnt want the one we'd bought her. I know we should know our own child better than this but weve had a lot of issues with her refusing to visit in the last 2 years as we limit her screen time (she gets 5hrs plus tv, the other kids get 2hrs including tv) so the relationship isn't what we wish it was at the moment. DH is desperate for this Christmas to go well and not be another huge conflict. Any ideas from people who have game-loving kids would be massively helpful as we just don't have a clue!

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TheCrow Mon 16-Nov-20 14:31:24

How about things for her bedroom? Comfy bean bag chair? You can get wall mounted lights which look like Minecraft torches. Fortnite cushion or duvet cover. Fortnite funko pops. Minecraft or Fortnite mug and some hot choc sachets. Nothing her mum can sell 😅

ShinyGreenElephant Mon 16-Nov-20 14:54:37

@TheCrow some fab ideas thanks! Here she shares with my DD who would have a nervous breakdown at a fortnite duvet or the like 🤣🤣 but we could certainly buy them and just whip them out while she's here. The mugs are a fab idea and we did get her a funko pop for her 10th which she loved so a few of them in the stocking could be brilliant.

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hernameis Mon 16-Nov-20 15:00:47

I know you said she isn't much of a reader but my ds was the same except he will read books about his favorite video games cover to cover. He has lots about hacks and tips for Minecraft, smash bros, zelda and Skylanders and this year he is getting some fortnite ones.

ShinyGreenElephant Mon 16-Nov-20 15:06:29

@hernameis ooooo okay I'll try that. We did get her a Minecraft joke book last year that went down a storm so maybe you're right, anything that would get her reading would be a massive bonus as well

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RainingDogs Mon 16-Nov-20 15:50:00

A magazine or magazine subscription to do with her favourite console?

TheCrow Mon 16-Nov-20 17:01:41

It's ok, my DD is into Minecraft and Fortnite as well and has asked for Christmas presents to do with them so I've been having a good look! How about a Fortnite backpack/lunch bag/water bottle/pencil case for school? Or a Fortnite calendar.

mam0918 Mon 16-Nov-20 17:28:05

Does she have a minecraft hoody?

The type that zips all the way up to the top of the hood and look like a creeper, my DS loved his and I even know adults that wear them so they arent something age specific (if she still fits she could wear it now until forever)

ShinyGreenElephant Mon 16-Nov-20 18:14:17

@mam0918 shes got one and she used to live in it to the point where she sobbed her heart out when we took it off her to wash off a huge ketchup stain hahaha it was our biggest success last Christmas!

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SalmonEile Mon 16-Nov-20 19:26:49

This might be a massive no no but what about a fortnite version of things like monopoly or Jenga, top trumps ?
It’s game some or all of the family could play with her on Christmas Day and it would be way of embracing her interest without giving into screen time too
But obviously you know if she’d hate that or not

SalmonEile Mon 16-Nov-20 19:34:40

If she does just want vbucks you could her a piñata in the shape of the Loot llama from fortnite and add them (as vouchers or whatever )and stuff like stickers and sweets to it might make it more exciting

ShinyGreenElephant Mon 16-Nov-20 19:34:56

@salmoneile I love that idea, the rest of us love a good board game so if we can persuade her to get involved that would be fab!

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mummyof2boys30 Mon 16-Nov-20 19:42:08

Depending on which Console she plays it on. You can get ps4 clock, ps4 light, ps4 stress controller & door hanger, mug (b and m) fortnite fleece blanket, fortnite lama teddy, fortnite character figures, ps4 lava lamp,

Pixie2015 Mon 16-Nov-20 19:42:09

Fortnite albumn. Mine loved rubix race at that age as could beat us in family tournament. We bought screwball scramble around same time which again was a solo and family activity more challenging after glass of wine!

Hohohole Mon 16-Nov-20 20:21:09

www.razer.com/mobile-controllers
We have these and they are very handy.

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