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Christmas gift ideas
sbunny2u wrote in parenting101
What are you getting your kids for Christmas this year? I have a 5 1/2 year old boy, 3 1/2 year old boy, and 1 1/2 year old girl. Because their grandparents tend to go all out for Christmas, my husband and I usually get the kids a few books and then one big toy that promotes cooperative play for them to share. Last year we got them a really nice play kitchen, and it was a big hit. But I am clueless for what to get them this year. Any suggestions would be amazing!

How much room do you have? You could get one of those indoor play tent things that has tunnels and stuff. I think that would be appropriate for all 3 to play in.

That is exactly what my mom bought them last year. It takes up a lot of space, but it has been great.

How I would love to get them one. A bit out of our budget though.

I could probably stretch it to $300, but hubby would prefer we kept it under $200. We currently have an old metal swing set we got for $50 off craigslist a few years ago. It really needs to be replaced, and I am saving up for one of those fancy wooden ones.

Ah, you're right. Those ones really are quite pricey.

I got my daughter who will have just turned 5 a 3 story barbie dreamhouse, cause she seems to have outgrown her Plan Toys house and loves barbie, and I found it for $70. Also a couple leapster explorer games and a paint your own piggie bank.

My 2 yo son? I have no idea. Absolutely no idea. I'll be following this post.

I got my nearly two yo girl one of those towers that the cars race down (she's really into cars/trucks and making noise right now) The 5 yo is getting a doll house.

Our son is 18 months. We're getting him a play shopping cart and some play food, and maybe a baby doll with a stroller? He loves pushing things and imitating us. I put on his wish list from my family plastic animals/dinos, some Little People stuff, and art supplies and books. Oh, and this leap pad magnetic letter thing our friends raved about, and some shelving for his toys that's more for me. ;)

What about one of those plastic playhouses for the backyard? My kids had one as toddlers and loved it.

This. And you can almost always find ones in good shape at yard sales and on craigslist.

Are you looking for ideas for gifts for each of them individually or all of them as a group, primarily?

Some thoughts for all of them:

- A set like Brio train sets or Plan City or something like that - with tracks to build and vehicles to drive and houses or trees or whatever to set up.

- A big wooden dollhouse (wooden because it's often less gendered - Plan Toys makes a nice one) they can all use together

- A bunch of Legos

- instruments they can all play (drums, marimba and/or xylophone, etc.)

- yard toys (like an outdoor game, or a blow up pool and a bunch of toys, or something)

I have a 3 year old, here are a few things I know she will be excited about this year:

- a superhero cape

- a snowglobe

- a scooter

- a pram for her doll (she has a regular stroller, she fantasizes about a pram-style thing specifically)

- books and music (Putomaya CDs, Science Fair, Barenaked Ladies "Snacktime", They Might Be Giants "No")

We are getting our 2 year old a "Calico Critters" dollhouse and some critters. Then probably clothes and books and maybe some more art stuff.

indoor trampoline? or, heck, outdoor one. we have a 12' one and everyone down to my 15 month old loves it, but they also loved the little one at my aunt's house.

dress up clothes? you can usually find sets, like police, firefighter, construction, etc all together.

we don't really do much for our kids for christmas.

How about one of those tabletop train sets? Imaginarium has some good quality ones.

I'm currently trying to persuade my husband to get our three year old a Nabi (I compared the InnoTab and the LeapFrog tablet and didn't like many of the games them, plus want something that plays video/music) anyways, he's not giving me an answer on it, so, that's probably what she will be getting. That and tons of books (Curious George and Little Critter collections) and some felt food since she is getting a play kitchen from my SIL. I'm sure I'll end up buying more as Christmas comes near... but yeah, in-laws usually go all out so we don't bother to get more than one big gift. My four month old will be getting, uh... I dunno. I don't think she'll notice much.

Get the four month old some boxes with shiny paper and she'll be in heaven you could even make a mobile out of it...she may even try to tear the paper (probably not though)

We have a double-sided art board, with a dry erase/magnetic board on one side and a chalkboard on the other. It's like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Double-Sided-Childrens-Magnetic-Chalkboard-Storage/dp/B008M7J6J4

You can use magnets for dry erase side if you don't want to have to supervise with markers.


As for what we are getting our kids this year (3 and 5), it's the Doodle Dome, iTikes map, and LEGOs.

Do they have a Lego table? (Is the older child into Legos?)

Mine are 3.5 and 1.5, older child is getting Nabi and younger child is getting a balance bike, plus some this and that for each. Last year's big gift for the then 2.5 was a kitchen and it's still a huge favorite and will be for years to come. "Put your baby back in the oven!" however, was not something I ever thought I'd say regularly!

Outdoor trampoline and safety net! Best "toy" ever. (Or playpen... however you see it. :P )
Fish tank?
Legos, Lincoln Logs, Play food to go in their play kitchen, zoo pass

I can't remember exactly, but this is what I have stored away to give our kids:

5 year old: digital camera, books, shirt, coat
3 year old: wind up flashlight, photo book, pajamas, lego man pen
1 year old: pajamas, board book, play food
Baby if he's born in time: piggy bank

I have a 5 year old and an 18month old, we also have a wooden kitchen. This year I'm pondering on getting them a wooden shop to go with it, like the shelves and counters etc and a till with a couple of baskets (you can even buy mini trolleys!) and some play food. That way they can buy/sell stuff to take back to the kitchen to 'cook' and of course learn money and adding up and things while they're at it :-)

This is basically what we're doing for my 5yo boy and 3 yo girl. Add the kid table, and you can play restaurant, too. (which they are now into after watching top chef with me.)

My daughter has wanted the shopping cart desperately for some time now, and my son is lusting after the cash register.

If you are luck enough to have Aldi in your area, the basket full of toy food is NINE dollars. As in less than $10.

Late to the game here, but I have a 4.5 y/o boy and a 2.5 y/o girl, and they are getting a Melissa and Doug puppet theatre and two puppets as a joint gift, and each are getting a "build your own monster puppet" kit. I think that will be a great addition to the playroom. We've already got a play kitchen, which is a hit, and a play tent/ball pit, which is on year 3 of being an awesome toy to play with together. I love getting a big cooperative gift for them.

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