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Birthday gifts during the Coronavirus

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Madhatter54792 Mon 06-Apr-20 11:42:31

What gifts am I supposed to give my children when i cant leave the house to buy them? Does anyone have any ideas?

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HotDogGuy Mon 06-Apr-20 11:43:25

Buy something online or from the toy section of a supermarket.
What were you going to get them?

ForeverBubblegum Mon 06-Apr-20 11:47:50

Order online? How long until their birthday? Deliverys are taking longer but still going if you can wait a few weeks. If it's soon you could try the toy section in bigger supermarkets, there still allowed to sell non essentials alongside food.

How old is DC? Will they understand if you give one or two token things, with the promise of more gifts and celebrations later in the year.

moita Mon 06-Apr-20 11:48:05

Online? I know the post is slower though

Blackdog19 Mon 06-Apr-20 11:50:16

Online! Just order early.

CrocodileFondue Mon 06-Apr-20 11:51:51

Some of the branches of Sainsburys have an Argos in them that you can still use if you ordered online you could pick up in store while doing essential shopping. Only if there's one near you but worth a look.

Madhatter54792 Mon 06-Apr-20 11:53:56

@ForeverBubblegum they are 6 and 13 but their birthdays fall around the same time (end of April, beginning of may) . I have never really shopped online but will try and look for toys they may like.

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TinyTear Mon 06-Apr-20 11:56:08

Amazon or Sainsbury's toy section (just had my 5 yo birthday last week)

Besom Mon 06-Apr-20 11:58:46

I have got a couple of small things there for dd but basically Ive told her she is getting money so she is prepared for it. More money than she usually gets because I am over compensating but our income has not been affected so I can do this.

Madhatter54792 Mon 06-Apr-20 12:01:03

@CrocodileFondue @TinyTear thankyou. I hadn't thought of argos in sainsburys as we dont normally shop there. Any suggestions for an older child (13) I've been stuck on what to get them for the last few birthdays and christmas and now I really dont know.

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Ribenaberriesgowoo82 Mon 06-Apr-20 12:06:46

Why don't you ask your 13 year old outright? Saves disappointment and sets expectations.

YourStarlessEyes Mon 06-Apr-20 12:18:02

DD1 is on Easter Sunday, we ordered from Amazon. Also picked up a few smaller things with before lockdown so we had something just in case online shopping stopped for anything but essentials somehow..

totorosfluffytummy Mon 06-Apr-20 12:25:39

Homemade hampers?
I'm making my 15 year old a chocolate hamper.
You can make a hamper with bath bombs, perfume, sweets, cuddly toy, nail polish, small toys ...all from supermarkets.
If your DC play online games you can buy/download new games or vouchers.
Supermarkets also have books and magazines.

Hadmatter54792 Mon 06-Apr-20 12:38:05

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YangShanPo Mon 06-Apr-20 12:43:43

Started on the cocktails early this morning madhatter ?

Fidgety31 Mon 06-Apr-20 12:44:20

Disney plus app has been my sons birthday present

MonkeyToesOfDoom Mon 06-Apr-20 12:47:49

My girl is 7 soon. She is getting one toy and a movie day with a tea of her choice, she's happy with that and is looking forward to having me cook burgers for her.
I ordered her toy from The Entertainer online. It came within 3 days. 👍

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thebearwentoverthebumble Mon 06-Apr-20 12:51:17

The entertainer/early Learning Centre., argos, amazon ect they are all still delivering. I have just ordered my baby son a gift for his first birthday in May 😊

NemophilistRebel Mon 06-Apr-20 12:55:57


So back to topic - I’ve managed to source wrapping paper, cards and presents
There are 5 child’s birthdays coming up in the next month.
All have been sourced from EBay, H&M, John Lewis, entertainer etc

So many shops still have an online presence to keep them ticking along in the background

MonkeyToesOfDoom Mon 06-Apr-20 13:13:40


I think this situation is going to see a lot of bricks and mortar companies ditch the bricks and mortar tbh.

Shops like Smyth's, The Entertainer etc. The shops have high overheads and more workers. They'll realise online sales are more profitable.

NemophilistRebel Mon 06-Apr-20 13:20:26

I hope John Lewis keep the bricks and mortar, I loved a rare weekend mooch there

MonkeyToesOfDoom Mon 06-Apr-20 13:21:28

I have never been in a John Lewis. I still miss Woolworths. #offtopic 😂😂

NemophilistRebel Mon 06-Apr-20 13:22:23

I miss their picknmix (my waistline does not) grin
I really miss the CD section too sad

Frankiecandle Mon 06-Apr-20 13:27:44

Tesco and Asda both have toy sections.

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