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Regarding £10 plus advent calendar with presents in them?

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superstarheartbreaker Mon 01-Dec-14 21:38:49

Why would anyone buy these massively indulgent calendars? I think there's a Barbie and Lego one. Each window has a small gift. IMO presents are for Christmas Day and a small gift each day ruins the build up.
The chocolate ones are fine. I quite liked the old fashioned ones with pictures.

pictish Mon 01-Dec-14 21:40:00

So don't buy one then. Problem solved.

OwlinaTree Mon 01-Dec-14 21:40:02

Don't buy it if you don't like it!

OwlinaTree Mon 01-Dec-14 21:40:45

X post!

LumionaMoonsplash Mon 01-Dec-14 21:41:54

Yanbu. Completely unnecessary imo. I've become old and cynical about most expensive Xmassy things now though.

ClawHandsIfYouBelieveInFreaks Mon 01-Dec-14 21:44:32

I don't mind them. I have bought one with only pictures this year. the DC love it. It's got glitter and Father Christmas and everything! So vintage.

Panzee Mon 01-Dec-14 21:45:37

The Lego one is ace.

ghostyslovesheep Mon 01-Dec-14 21:47:05

because it's mine grin we get a Playmobil one every year - 'for the kids' but secretly it's for me

you aren't forced to buy them a gun point to take your cats bum face elsewhere missy grin

howtodrainyourflagon Mon 01-Dec-14 21:47:56

Yanbu. I can't really splash out in three of these without affecting the Christmas present budget. When youweigh up the value of these advent calendars they tend to have less play value than a toy the same price, and kids won't really play with the whole thing as a set as they don't tend to get the best bits until Christmas eve, at which point the advent calendar gets pushed aside in favour of presents.

We have a refillable ikea advent calendar with little drawers that the kids take turns to open (I make sure each drawer contains 3 of whatever it is) and the reaction to getting 20p each one random day in December was much better than anything from the lego and playmobil calendars they'd had the year before.

DevonFolk Mon 01-Dec-14 21:47:57

Bloody hell. Are the picture ones old fashioned now?? shock DD will never have a chocolate one as long as she's living under my roof

forago Mon 01-Dec-14 21:48:44

I bought myself the Playmobil Santa Grotto this year (£13) - to join the Playmobil Xmas Woodland Scene one one child got last year and the Father Christmas workshop one his brother got a few years before. Normally I hate the Playmobil with a passion but I have already spent a pleasant .hour arranging everything, and every child that comes in in December has a little play (aka trashes it) and I get to do it again. do yabu.

I do insist they are christmassy though, can't really see the point of the pirate and police ones

forago Mon 01-Dec-14 21:50:18

Ours actually get played with constantly throughout December (unlike the rest of the bloody Playmobil) so I love them!

cindydog Mon 01-Dec-14 21:51:08

I wish someone would buy me a playmobil calender grin

foslady Mon 01-Dec-14 21:53:37

At £10 it sounds cheaper than the elf on the shelf thing that's doing the rounds

ghostyslovesheep Mon 01-Dec-14 21:53:40

Forago the woodland one was my very favourite grin

Suefla62 Mon 01-Dec-14 21:53:54

My Grandson get the playmobil pirate calendar. All the pieces go with his fleet of pirate ships.

IceniMist Mon 01-Dec-14 21:55:11

What on earth is playmobil?

I did buy an expensive wooden one that creates the nativity, but I wanted one that I could hand down. I put other little items in the doors too.

Hulababy Mon 01-Dec-14 21:55:44

DD had the Playmobil ones in the past. They built a lovely little Playmobil Christmas Scene. It was fun and DD played with the bits with other toys later after Christmas. And after, when she was older, I sold all the bits on ebay too - the individual bits sell surprisingly well.

This year, now she is older, she has one with make up inside it.

But yu know what, those little bits over advent did not, in any way, spoil the build up for Christmas. Just like the little squares of chocolate in no way spoil the run up to Christmas either.

But luckily, the toy calendars are not compulsory. No one is forced to buy one.

DH was eyeing up the whiskey one we saw online smile but unfortunately for him he wasn't getting one!

LesleyKnopeFan Mon 01-Dec-14 21:55:48

I got a gifty one with a huge discount for mine, costing not much more than a choc one. We are cutting down on sweet stuff, so I didn't want chocolate one at all and all the 'scene' ones I could find were 6/7 quid (swizz).

I loved the ones I had as a kid, the classic ones with pictures of wreaths, robins etc but the world has moved on and the bench is set higher. I don't like this tho and I am slightly regretting getting them. My kids were pleased but not thrilled enough for my liking grin

Fabulous46 Mon 01-Dec-14 21:56:25

I bought DD's the Benefit one this year and I have a Yankee one. All four had wooden advent calendars when they were little that I filled with a little toy for each day which they still talk about. It only added to the build up for them.

I buy the indulgent ones as I like them and DD's love them. The Yankee one is lovely this year!

Hulababy Mon 01-Dec-14 21:56:33



FionaJT Mon 01-Dec-14 21:57:01

Agree that the Christmassy Playmobil ones are lovely and pretty good value for the amount of bits you get. I hate the chocolate ones more, not at all Christmassy. Dd had one once (age 5) after a few years of traditional picture ones and was really upset that there was just blank cardboard inside and a tiny bit of chocolate that you couldn't even really see what shape it was - not at all festive or exciting. Now she has a refillable one.

TheRealMaryMillington Mon 01-Dec-14 21:58:08

I bought lego calendars this year (in like August or something). My 3 have never before had anything other than either homemade, with promissory notes and xmassy jobs to do - a much much loved tradition in our house, or paper one with pictures (that was mine when a kid).

They are totally thrilled, and I would rather they had lego than chocolate.

I must add that by the standards of MN (and indeed most of the kids at school) our christmas is fairly modest and is more about the little rituals and time spent than the gifts (though obvs they all get something they would like). So, YABU and a bit joyless to boot.

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Mon 01-Dec-14 21:59:59

DH considered buying me a gin advent calendar this year! wine Sadly I don't have one at all. sad

campingfilth Mon 01-Dec-14 22:00:48

I've got a Lego christmas scene one or should I say DS has one. I count is as part of his present and he and I love them. He and star wars one last year but I prefer the Christmas scene one.

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