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AIBU to give my son second hand toys for his birthday/xmas?

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luckylucky24 Mon 10-Oct-16 20:46:06

Seen an amazing deal for some used toys and want to buy them for DS, It is his birthday this weekend so could give them as a present but DH says it is wrong.
He can have them either way but it seems logical to me. We have bought him some presents already. Brand new.

SendARavenToRiverRun Mon 10-Oct-16 20:48:00

Nothing wrong with clean, good condition secondhand stuff. Nothing at all. Why does your husband say it's wrong?
My kids love a good rummage in the charity shop/boot sale. Saving money and the planet, what's not to like?

MissKatieVictoria Mon 10-Oct-16 20:48:16

So they're pre loved. If they're good condition, what's the harm? To the kid it won't make a difference, a toy is a toy. A good life lesson about recycling/reusing too.

yellowsquarepostit Mon 10-Oct-16 20:48:17

Nope, I have before, it's fine. Enjoy!

AstridPeth Mon 10-Oct-16 20:51:20

Last Christmas I bought dd3 (9) a whole bundle of design a friend dolls for £15 second hand, they came with a load of accessories and were like new. Dd was made up at having so many and didn't notice or care whether they were new or not. I would say go for it.

Fairylea Mon 10-Oct-16 20:53:20

Go for it! grin Kids love toys- doesn't matter if they are second hand or not to them.

Cabawill Mon 10-Oct-16 20:54:05

Last Christmas I got a massive bundle of Sylvanian Family items for £50 that would have been bought new for about £300. They were in brilliant condition and after one play you'd never be able to tell the difference.

Haggisfish Mon 10-Oct-16 20:55:01


kktpj Mon 10-Oct-16 20:55:02

My youngest always gets presides recycled from his(much older) siblings.....saving money and the planet........Love is more important than the monetary value

Wrinklytights Mon 10-Oct-16 20:55:56


Arfarfanarf Mon 10-Oct-16 20:57:01

It's absolutely fine.

Most of the stuff we've ever bought the kids has been second hand. We could never have afforded new. There's nothing wrong with it.

If it's clean and in reasonable nick and it's affordable - it's absolutely fine.

BrianMolkoismyPlacebo Mon 10-Oct-16 20:58:06

Yes yes yes! Go for it! Money saving, less new crap bought, kid won't even notice. Win win!
My ds 1st bike was 2nd hand, given at christmas.

Last christmas we also made a big deal of ds gifting his old balance bike to his sister as his special present to her

lucy101101 Mon 10-Oct-16 20:59:34

I will do this for as long as I can get away with it! I grew up with mostly secondhand gifts though, our bikes etc. always seemed to have got scratched coming down the chimney... apparently....

MrsJamin Mon 10-Oct-16 20:59:34

How old is your Ds? Especially fine if you have younger kids and they have no concept of new or used. I did a lot of local ebay purchases when mine were young and still do for things like skylanders characters that are really expensive new but 10% of the price second hand.

Selfimproved Mon 10-Oct-16 21:00:05

We do it often. This year one is getting a 2nd hand drum kit for his bday and the other a 2nd hand bike. We have also done plastic toys and puzzles.
It's silly to go to a shop and pay double for something.

Coulddowithanap Mon 10-Oct-16 21:00:06

My family will do this for my children (give them their children's old toys) the they will also give me some money to put in their bank accounts.

PrincessHairyMclary Mon 10-Oct-16 21:00:23

I often get the new stuff out and set up (battery's in, play mobile built etc) ready for the birthday/Christmas morning no different to giving 2bd hand. Kids aren't interested in the boxes they just want to get the toys out. You could put them in a nice storage box as a gift box and possibly wrap it too and they won't know any different.

rewardformissingmojo Mon 10-Oct-16 21:01:44

Go for it!

5minutestobed Mon 10-Oct-16 21:01:52

Last Christmas DS(then 2.5) his big present was the ELC garage which I picked up from Gumtree for £10! Total bargain, I'm still pleased about that!
Go for it, as long as the stuff is in ok condition then why not!

MumOfTwoMasterOfNone Mon 10-Oct-16 21:03:47

We've bought a 2nd hand pirate ship for my little boy off eBay for Xmas as it looked better than anything we could find in the shops. There's nothing wrong with it at all. I try and put some money away for the times when I won't be able to do this!
I used to be really funny about 2nd hand stuff but I prefer to buy it now if I can.

ThoraGruntwhistle Mon 10-Oct-16 21:04:15

How is it wrong to buy toys minus the cardboard and plastic around it? Will your children miss the parts that go in the recycling? I doubt it. Nothing wrong with saving money where you can and kids won't care.

yerbutnobut Mon 10-Oct-16 21:04:59

Couple of years ago we bought DD a preloved Nintendo ds xl as it was a pokemon limited edition and worth a lot more, it was in excellent condition, DD knew it was second hand but wasn't bothered, none of her friends have the same one. I say go for it.

IckleWicklePumperNickle Mon 10-Oct-16 21:05:04

Absolutely fine grin

IfAtFirstUDontSucceed Mon 10-Oct-16 21:07:47

I bought DS a haul of second hand brio and trains and gave them to him for his second birthday. It is the best thing I've ever bought him, a year and a half later he still plays with it daily!

I also bought a stack of second hand books and gave him on his 3rd birthday. All in really good nick - such a bargain!

ipswichwitch Mon 10-Oct-16 21:10:17

I've just got a second hand imaginext spaceship for DS2's birthday. It's in brilliant condition, all pieces working. He will not care one bit that its second hand, just that its a space ship and he'll probably have me demented by the next day making me countdown for him to blast off!

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