I am hoping you all can help me. I had a long conversation about Christmas with a friend of mine yesterday. We are both in the same boat as far as buying anything for our kids. We both want to keep the holiday simple, we want to not spend a ton of money, we are clueless about what our children would even like that they would not destroy or get bored with in 10 minutes. But we would like to get them something they like. I am guessing we are not the only ones. But maybe some of you have some suggestions.
I have a 5 yr old DS who loves trucks and princesses. He was in his glory at DIsney meeting princesses and fell in love with "the pink one". He has too many trucks. We have lego he does not touch, we have playmobil knights he will not touch, he has Thomas trains he will pull out rarely. I gave him an old barbie of mine in a princess dress and he likes her but other then drag her around there is no play value for him and when I asked about other dolls he had no interest. He has a Leapster he plays with but only the Cars game. He is delayed with possible learning disabilities. We are getting as creative as we can to help teach him numbers and letters. He is in kindergarten.
I have an 8 yr old DS, almost 9, in 3rd grade. He wants "anything with a screen" on it. Whines because all his friends have something with a screen and he does not. Sigh. I have a nintendo DS he can use when he wants and he never asks unless we are on a long car ride. We also have a Wii. He has a bunch of Star Wars legos but he seems to be getting bored with legos lately. He got an ipod nano last year and has not used it in months. He started reading like crazy and the ipod gets in his way. He is presently into those Beyblade top things. He also wants Nerf guns. I am sorely tempted with the nerf guns because I seem to spend my life making the boys put down sticks and pipes and any other long handled things they can find in the yard to battle each other. Or they fill up water guns and I usually get hit. He also asked for a fish but my DH said no since he forgets about taking care of his chickens.
My husband has been pouring over all the magazines that come in trying to find ideas and no luck so far. Either the item would have limited use or would have to involve an adult every time. So far they both got an LLBean duffle bag for travel but I doubt those will go over well on their own LOL
Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!