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#1 pencil

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:40 PM

I need ideas. Kids are 1, 3, 8, 10, 12 and 16.

Especially the 8 and 12 year old's gifts are lacking.

12 yr old has no interests whatsoever, doesn't like reading, or clothes, or anything! Has all the 'gadgets', but barely uses them. At a loss.

8 yr old loves everything, but hasn't really requested much. I don't want to just add to the beanie kids/lps/barbie collection, so was hoping to find something a bit different.

Others could do with one or two more things each.

#2 *LucyE*

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:48 PM

We're going away on holidays which, in my grinch like spirit, felt was enough of a present.

DH is making up for his own poor, deprived (*snigger snigger*) childhood, so has bought our 5 and 9 yr old digital underwater cameras.

They have access to an iPad so will be able to upload and edit their own photos while on holidays.

Santa may or may not arrive with some stocking fillers of small pool toys. It will depend on how much I believe (or my energy levels).

The 2 year old may get a blow up beach ball. He's easily amused. I gave DD bubble wrap when she was little (I even wrapped it up in pretty paper. They don't actually 'need' anything so I'm not one to buy for the sake of it.

#3 asdf89

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:49 PM

Movie voucher for the 12y/o? (if they are allowed to go to the movies with friends that is) Or a DVD of their favourite movie/tv show.

If the 8 y/o likes to read, anything by d*ck King Smith is good. He wrote Babe, and has a heap of other animal oriented books. Some might be a bit hard for 8 - but could be something you read together if you have time.

Australian Geographic have cool, different kids presents. I bought my 5 y/o niece the foam rocket set (http://shop.australi...cket-P1208.aspx) last year and she loved it. You just have to be prepared to retrieve some rockets from the roof  biggrin.gif . Heaps of other cool ideas on that website tho.

Are you near any theme parks/zoos/cool museums or science centres? Could do a day out to somewhere as a whole of family gift.


Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:19 PM

I was going to suggest underwater cameras too! I just got my 11 yo DD one and am going to go back and get one for my 9 yo DD.

Oh and Furby's and Figit's are the 'in' thing.

I'm guessing the 8 yo is a girl? What are the others? It might help.

Edited by ~THE~MAGICIAN~, 12 December 2012 - 11:21 PM.

#5 EssentialBludger

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:32 PM

Some of the things I've got my 8yo DD:

Mousetrap game
Soda stream
Pin art
IPod cover
Hair crimper
Magic set
Smiggle stuff

#6 *CalamityJane*

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:43 PM

I'm stuck with my 9 yo DDs too.  They want an electric scooter, but that's not happening.  

They do love Blingles and Geleez (or however you spell them) so I've bought some add on kits from Santa as they already have the starter kits.  Might be an idea for your 8yo?

#7 ~Supernova~

Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:27 AM

The two things at the top of my almost 8yr olds list (which I got) are a figit and crayola glow book/tent. She is also getting clothes, a new rashie, and stocking filler crap. Oh, and books! She is very into Babysitter Club and Goosebumps. Do they even make them anymore?? I picked some up at the school fete, and she loves them.

For my 9mth old, I got little people stuff, a ball pit, some clothes, cars, trucks etc.

#8 mumto3princesses

Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:50 AM

My 13yr old DD is getting stuff for her room which she will love. New quilt set, lamp, pillow and some ornaments. She really likes Owls and Paris (Effiel Tower) stuff so its all in those themes. She is getting other things too but I think she will love all that.

My 9yr old twins still lovr baby dolls probably because they have never had much in the way of baby doll stuff except for a doll and a few bits and pieces over the years. They are getting new dolls and prams and some doll accessories.

#9 Sentient Puddle

Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:53 AM

I was going to suggest some new linen with matching cushions? What about a "voucher" for a room redecoration (if you are up to something like that of course).

#10 R2B2

Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:54 AM

lego (you can get "girl" lego now as well)

2 year old is getting: a trike, little people plane, little people bus, blu rays, smurf megablocks, dora megablocks.

6 year old is getting: skylanders giants, 3 giants skylanders, lego lighthouse, monsters lego set, blu rays, skylanders puzzle, skylanders holder case.

check out the toys r us website. we had a look around and found inspiration there.

Edited by R2B2, 13 December 2012 - 06:55 AM.

#11 DS1979

Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:55 AM

Would your 12 year old like a voucher to get a manicure/pedicure? The 8 and 12 year old may like to do that together. I always loved getting stationary at that age - pretty notebooks, glittery pens, even stuff for school next year. A new swimming costume? Not much fun but handy seeing as it's the summer holidays! I also think movie tickets are a great idea; again your 8 and 12 year old may enjoy seeing a movie together.

I think 12 is such a hard age to buy for. My nephew is almost that age and his only interest is sport - but he's got pretty much everything to do with sport already! He has asked for money as he is going on a trip with my sister in Jan.

Would your kids play board games together or do a large puzzle together? Something like that might make a good communal gift?

#12 froggy1

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:04 AM

What about skateboards for your 8 & 12 year old? A bit exxy, but sometimes you can pick them up on sale?
(I know that is what my 7yo wants, but she also wanted an underwater camera and a pet puppy. Nana is getting her the camera!)

#13 Harmonica

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:12 AM

What about Smiggle stationary for both of them?


Lava lamps

8 yr old - Furby

12 yr old - Gold class movie tickets, DIVA jewellery, An éxperience' like jet boat riding, parasailing etc

#14 Zanbam

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:13 AM

It completely depends on where you live and how much you want to spend but what about a going horse riding or a surfing lesson for either (depending on how well the 8yo can swim)?

I really like experience gifts...

#15 kpingitquiet

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:25 AM

Okay, I'll give it a shot biggrin.gif

1yo: New outfit, some books, some puzzles original.gif

3yo: A trike, or pool toys (if you have water around), or accessories for existing toys like a new dressups box or something, books, or toddler trampoline, playhouse, etc.

8yo, 10, and 12yo: Can you get a big combo gift for them all? Like a trampoline or some other cool thing like that? Otherwise, I'd vote for gifts of individual lunches out with parent(s) and a few small gifts of stationery, toys, books, etc.

16yo: GIFT CARDS. Definitely gift cards. Favorite stores if they have them or itunes, or whatever. This one can get a lunch date from parent(s), too biggrin.gif

And if you're really stuck, buy everyone some little stocking stuffers and then some tickets to a zoo/aquarium/themepark/beachhouse-for-a-weekend/etc and all go together as a big family gift.

Matching boogie boards for everyone if you live near the  beach? I dunno lol.

#16 mumto3princesses

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:54 AM

Not sure where you are but we have also been thinking about Luna Park annual passes. They have a deal at the moment if you buy by the 23rd (I think?) of December then you get the 2nd year free. Not sure if they have to be done at the park with the photo or if you can buy it online and do the actual pass afterwards though. But its a 2 yr pass for $99 each. Really good value if they like rides.

#17 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:55 AM

DSDs are 10 and soon to be 8. For Christmas they are getting new PJs, nail polish, lipgloss, watches, mp3 players, bag, notebooks, pens, erasers, monster high dolls, a slip n slide, some hand puppets, craft stuff, colouring in books. Pretty much everything is monster high branded LOL

I like giving them something to do in the holidays. So I normally get something they can do alone and something I can do with them.

#18 maurie

Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:51 AM

I'm buying my ten year old niece some 3D drawing paper - comes with the glasses too.

Cherryames - what exactly is 3D drawing paper and where would I get some?

Edited by maurie, 13 December 2012 - 09:53 AM.

#19 MotherClucker

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:20 AM

DD9 is in love with Origami at the moment so she will be getting 2 origami books and a kmart brand 7 inch tablet ! The rest of them do not have bikes yet so they are getting bikes.  DD7 is pokemon mad so is getting the new pokemon games, and a few of the pokemon stuffed toys. DS6 wants lego and hotwheels, DD6 wants a Rainbow unicorn and LaLa loopsy doll and a furby. DD4 just wants a teapot set but is getting a furby, some building blocks, a drawing paper set and a few other cheapie things

#20 julzely

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:44 AM

How about an experience gift and some one on one time - say movie tickets/gold class tickets/day spa/adventure park for just just the two of you.

I'm sure they would have an awesome time and really treasure it especially as it is a present just for them but also getting a parent to themselves

#21 ~carmen~

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:02 PM

QUOTE (jameses mum @ 13/12/2012, 10:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He wrote to Santa for an ipod touch

well if he especially wrote to Santa for that then don't you feel obligated? I did for 7 1/2 yo dd on same item but she has already sent one iPod shuffle thru washing machine so I thought no way new iPod touch & instead went eBay! Best $40 spent as all I have to do now is get new pink case & headset earphones as don't want her using earplug ones!

Gumtree & eBay great for all ages gifts to check out!! They soon wreck or damage by end of school holidays anyway right!!

#22 Illiterati

Posted 13 December 2012 - 02:17 PM

well if he especially wrote to Santa for that then don't you feel obligated? I did for 7 1/2 yo dd on same item but she has already sent one iPod shuffle thru washing machine so I thought no way new iPod touch & instead went eBay!

You're kidding right?

#23 **Xena**

Posted 13 December 2012 - 03:46 PM

QUOTE (maurie @ 13/12/2012, 10:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cherryames - what exactly is 3D drawing paper and where would I get some?

I don't know about 3D paper but you can buy 3D chalk with glasses at K-Mart for $5. We had an awesome time drawing on the driveway with it and then looking at our pictures through the glasses.

#24 maurie

Posted 13 December 2012 - 11:25 PM

thank you Xena, I'll get some for dd, we have a big blackboard in the kitchen - should be very cool!

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