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Decisions, decisions...

I hate the planning of Christmas...or more specifically, I hate the figuring out of Christmas presents.

For once, I've got the adults (i.e. Grandparents) figured out. Been working on those for months. But the kids??? I'm drawing blanks. Okay, I'm drawing blanks for the big 3. Gray is easy, he's developed a train addiction. Going to get him a train set for Christmas. (Do you have any idea how hard it is to find wooden train sets that aren't related to Thomas???? Damn near impossible! But I did!)

I was thinking of getting Ike the Millenium Falcon Lego set, he's getting into Lego's recently. But when looking at it in the store...there's over 500 pieces in the set. There is no way in hell he's going to be able to put that thing together without his younger sibs scattering or losing pieces. And then there's the fact that he's happy to put them together...and then nothing. He takes them apart, doesn't put them away and the pieces get lost and then he gets mad 'cause he can't do what he wants. And I'm just having a really hard time trying to figure out what he'd really like this year.

The girls are just as bad. I was thinking about a doll house (actually I've been thinking for months) and as much as I'd like to get it for them, I'm not convinced that they will take care of it. Their room is generally a disaster and pieces of their toys are EVERYWHERE. If I'm going to sink $400.00 into a doll house, I want to know that they will treat it nicely. Then we talked about another doll...well, they've gotten dolls from Santa every year, they picked out new ones this year...but their Auntie Betty-Anne is knitting them ballerina dolls for Christmas so I really want that doll to be their special doll this year. Gwen wants stilts (so does Ike and I don't think its a good idea...that's a weapon), Elli is asking for art supplies (which is a good thing actually now that I think about it. She's asking for soy crayon rocks, stockmar paint, and aquarelles pencils). I was thinking of giving them knitting needles and yarn from me because they've been asking for months and months for me to teach them how to knit and they are getting old enough to learn from sticks. But I can't really figure out a really GOOD present. A Santa present you know?

Argh! This is the problem of keeping all this consumerist bullshit away from my kids! I don't know what they want! (besides an iphone or DS which there is no way in hell anybody is getting either of those)

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allanh
Nov. 20th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
Maybe those big bouncy-ball things with handles that kids can ride? It'd give all three of the big ones a way to expend their energy.

Other ideas for very active kids: A tetherball set, a maze balance board for Ike (see sample here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003PTYXZ6/), Go Go Sports Dolls for the girls (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002BA5VB0), or, instead of stilts, how about "monster clompers" (http://www.amazon.com/Toysmith-2708-Monster-Feet/dp/B001E6IQP0/)?

besina_sartor
Nov. 21st, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Good job keeping them away from the consumer bs. We don't have cable and only pick up PBS on the antenna, so mine have been relatively insulated. Even so, when the Toys R Us catalog appeared, they circled everything in it, so mass marketing culture doesn't really help them define what they'd like either, since they still think they want it all -- so you haven't wasted a chance to let them figure out what they want so much as saved yourself months of nagging from them.
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