Author Topic: Gifts for Kids  (Read 8506 times)

hellymedic

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Re: What Would You Buy?
« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2014, 05:27:38 pm »
Child is approaching her third birthday.

I have decided to get a kids' cookery book as cooking with kids can be fun, if messy.

David agrees this is a good idea and is all nostalgic about baking with his late Grandma. (I have just produced a CAEK myself and David is licking out the remains of the mixture.)
I see there are cookbook variants 'For Boys' and 'For Girls'.

WTF?? Kids of any sort like cooking and eating don't they?

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Re: What Would You Buy?
« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2014, 06:01:31 pm »
Painting stuff.

(Despite being an appalling sexist) when my daughter was about that age I used to go toy shopping with her and buy her lots of boys' toys (cars, guns, construction sets etc). She's grown up to be a ghastly feminist and reckons I only did it because I don't like girls. Us chaps can't win! Although there may be a smidge of truth in what she says - but it's weedy girly-ness that I don't like; not girls per se.

hellymedic

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Gifts for Kids
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2015, 08:44:20 pm »
Partner's niece is approaching her 4th birthday and her father was a house guest here last night.
Told him I'd ordered various Dr Seuss books for her from Amazon.

Then I confessed that the books were really for him to enjoy cos kids are the perfect excuse for adults to have fun in ways that would embarrass adults by themselves. (My little brother gave me much scope for this.)

He was a bit surprised.
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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2015, 08:50:00 pm »
Lego! Then they both will enjoy your gift, that is if he can share with others :)
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hellymedic

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2015, 09:04:39 pm »
I gave her some Lego a while back.
She'll get some more when some of the interesting stuff seems age appropriate.
The sort of Lego suggested for 4-5 year olds is a bit dull (or PUKY PINK)

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2015, 02:01:52 am »
Couldn't stand Dr Seuss as a small Mr Larrington and nothing in the last mumblety-Several years has managed to change my op!on.
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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2015, 10:06:43 am »
Playmobile is good for kids who like acting out stories and adults find it fun too.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

hellymedic

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2015, 01:05:20 pm »
Couldn't stand Dr Seuss as a small Mr Larrington and nothing in the last mumblety-Several years has managed to change my op!on.

Fair enough.
You are just young enough to have been exposed to his bukes as a small.
I am not.

Unloved bukes can be freecycled.

hellymedic

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #33 on: December 16, 2015, 04:04:32 pm »
Playmobile is good for kids who like acting out stories and adults find it fun too.

It is nice! Mum recently got some for her grand daughters and it seems well-made, with good attention to detail.

hellymedic

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #34 on: December 16, 2015, 04:08:06 pm »
My sister-in-law has suggested this http://www.halfords.com/kids-zone/ride-on-toys/trikes/schwinn-roadster-trike-12 tricycle for my parents to give her three year old daughter for her birthday.
I do not like it, one little bit!
Do others have any experience?

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #35 on: December 16, 2015, 04:13:25 pm »
A bit young for a fixie.
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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #36 on: December 16, 2015, 04:15:30 pm »
ugh, that is terrible.

A Pashley Pickle for when child is older.

A balance bike  for younger ones.

As far as books go, 'Each Peach Pear Plum' is essential reading.

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #37 on: December 16, 2015, 05:02:53 pm »
Each Peach Pear Plum.

Ahhhhhh. (Drifts into parental reverie.)

When I last checked all four of us could recite that from start to finish, and the last time it was required bedtime reading was about eight years ago.
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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #38 on: December 16, 2015, 05:22:27 pm »
My sister-in-law has suggested this http://www.halfords.com/kids-zone/ride-on-toys/trikes/schwinn-roadster-trike-12 tricycle for my parents to give her three year old daughter for her birthday.
I do not like it, one little bit!

I'm all for recruiting darksiders young, but that looks unpleasant, and I reckon it'd be better to wait a couple of years and get a Kettler pedal car. (Do they still make those?)

And of course balance bikes teach balance...
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hellymedic

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #39 on: December 16, 2015, 05:39:26 pm »
Just been on the phone to Mum.
Despite my doubts:
Kid is DELIGHTED
Mum says it's 'just right'.
Happy child is squealing in the background, bombing round grandparents' (wooden-floored) flat.
Trike is thankfully not PINK so should be suitable for Little Brother when the time comes.
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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2015, 12:22:04 am »
My sister-in-law has suggested this http://www.halfords.com/kids-zone/ride-on-toys/trikes/schwinn-roadster-trike-12 tricycle for my parents to give her three year old daughter for her birthday.
I do not like it, one little bit!

I'm all for recruiting darksiders young, but that looks unpleasant, and I reckon it'd be better to wait a couple of years and get a Kettler pedal car. (Do they still make those?)

And of course balance bikes teach balance...

No experience of it, but I reckon as a first 'bike,' that's a bit rubbish, but as a 'ride-on toy' it's great (assuming, at least, that it's reasonably well put together and that it weighs somewhat short of the metric tonne you expect for kids' bikes). It's red, it's shiny, and it's got a platform at the back you can carry toys or other kids on - what's not to like?

hellymedic

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #41 on: December 17, 2015, 12:53:12 am »
I think it is heavy but is well-constructed.
If purchaser and end-user are happy, who am I to argue?

It has pneumatic tyres so I hope visitations are infrequent and tyres get pumped enough.

hellymedic

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #42 on: December 17, 2015, 12:58:12 am »
I spent AGES agonising over a suitable gift for 4½ year old niece.

Ended up with Slinky, Plasticine and a butterfly kite.

Was unimpressed by offerings from Lego (the £99 train set was out of our reach...) and partner didn't seem keen on Playmobil.

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #43 on: December 17, 2015, 05:44:26 pm »
I do get the feeling Lego is going a bit Brooks.
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

hellymedic

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #44 on: December 17, 2015, 07:44:31 pm »
I am fussy.
I want my gifts to be:
Fun for kid and adults
Non-gendered
Affordable
Age appropriate
'Open-ended'

Much Lego seems very limited in its 'closed' scope but a bag of bricks by itself seems BORING.

Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #45 on: July 06, 2016, 07:52:29 am »
Family and friends of our kids were always giving small (£10) prezzies for birthdays, xmas etc. We got to the point where we and our peers decided to give prezzies as cash instead to all the kids parents and guardians. This way we could save up and buy a big-price prezzie e.g. that really expensive bike; nintendo; day out to the theatre.

Still doesn't stop the buying of smaller prezzies, mind.

As an aside my kids loved Dr. Seuss. I think I must have read that scrambled eggs book to them about a 100 times. The one where the kid makes a scrambled egg from the eggs of 50 different birds or something.

Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #46 on: July 06, 2016, 11:06:14 am »
Much Lego seems very limited in its 'closed' scope but a bag of bricks by itself seems BORING.
If Lego isn't doing it, they should be doing this; selling bags of randoms. Each bag to include some special bricks and some rare bricks or figures. Make the figures only available in the bags of randoms.
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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #47 on: July 06, 2016, 12:52:15 pm »
For the under 5s, you can't beat a Richard Scarry book or several.
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hellymedic

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Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #48 on: July 06, 2016, 04:13:20 pm »
Little girl was 5 in May. I gave up being clever and bought various artists' materials.

Will have to think about the winter eventually...

Re: Gifts for Kids
« Reply #49 on: July 07, 2016, 07:00:36 pm »
For the under 5s, you can't beat a Richard Scarry book or several.
I detest Richard Scarry. I find them virtually unreadable.
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