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post #61 of 101
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Hey Storm Bride--I have a good friend in Portland, Oregon who is a professional blacksmith. If K ever finds himself down that way and wants to learn more my friend loves teaching. His wife is the one who ran the marathon with me. I stillheart.gif them.

 

I'll definitely keep that in mind, if he's ever heading down that way. I suspect he's going to really enjoy this.

 

 

My kids! My kids are quite spoiled in my opinion. Mostly they will get GINORMOUS boxes of stuff from their grandparents and I will have to figure out what to do with ALL THE STUFF. This would be easier if they gave crappy presents. My in-laws are rich and have no relationship with my kids and feel great guilt. As a result my kids get excellent presents. They live in Texas and we are in California and my mother-in-law decided that she needed to go on a three hour tirade about how terrible I was the first time we met. I don't intend to spend more time with the woman. I don't need that shit.

 

But I send extremely friendly letters by post about the kids updating them on all the developmental news (Great-Grandmother is still a preschool teacher and she sends beautiful little hand-made lesson cards) and send lots of pictures. I solicit family stories and pictures in letters and tell my kids about their family often. I want my kids to have a place in the world and in their family. I just don't have a place. So yeah. That was off-topic.

 

From MDC I learned to give four things: something you want, something you need, something you wear and something you read.

 

Thus I feel a lot of internal pressure to give few things and to make the holiday about doing stuff together. They will each get pajamas. I asked my four year old what kind of pajamas and she said "a princess nightgown" and I decided to *not* follow my first instinct of "Disney princess with tacky picture or stylized design" and we looked around etsy together. They settled on http://www.etsy.com/listing/57688010/girls-nightgowns-little-lady-lingerie?ref=usr_faveitems in blue. It seems kind of tart-y to me but sure what the heck. These will be opened on Christmas Eve because that's when you open your pajamas. :P

 

My kids are getting plain old microfleece PJs. They really love them, and they keep them warm, and they fit my budget. I'll bet dd1 would love a nice nightgown, though...probably not to sleep in, but to wear in the mornings.

 


In the morning everyone gets a book package--often with more than one book inside depending on how cheap they were. But no more than four.

 

For my older daughter her "something you want" is going to be kind of elaborate and I'm ok with that. She wants to do more crafting. I have been slowly acquiring all kinds of odds and ends of crafting stuff. She actually put "ask Santa for tape" on her Christmas list because I won't let her use all of mine. I have pipe cleaners in various sizes and colors, beads, string of various sizes and color, buttons, glue, craft paper, tape (some cool design stuff I found at Target really cheap), glitter (god save me), and stickers. I think I have spent ~$40 over the whole year slowly amassing the pile when I find things on sale.

 

My younger daughter is uhm kind of being groomed as our engineer. She's getting Lego's. Right now our Lego collection (the Duplo size) is almost entirely the little square ones with four dots on the top. They suck to build with. I got a huge bag of them used for $4 at a resale event.

 

Then each of them get stockings and a "Santa Present". My older daughter is getting a cash register (she is very interested in money) and younger daughter is getting a doll of her own. So far all of the dolls in the house are ones that were given to our first kid and she's kind of a snot about that sometimes. I won't do one-to-one on each toy, but she can have a special baby.

 

Their stockings are epic. Cool bandaids, chocolate coins, maple candy, socks, (older kid is getting tights), a small Christmas ornament that is "theirs" (for when they grow up), and any craft stuff that doesn't get shoved in with Big Sister stuff. Like maybe bath crayons and chalk in their stocking because we are pretty much out of both.

 

Those all sound like great gifts. I still haven't figured out all my stocking stuffers...ds1 is getting guitar strings and razor blades (probably some deodorant and whatever his current hair product is, as well). DD1 is getting some hair stuff...headbands, barrettes, and ponytail elastics. DS2...not sure. DD1 is getting some ponytail elastics. They're each getting glowstick bracelets, Bic 4-colour pens, a couple mini packs of modeling clay, and assorted candy (a few slight changes in candy from one kid to another). The three youngest are each getting a mini deck of cards, a small pack of white chalk, a little notepad, and a small solar powered calculator.  DH...he's getting some hot sauces, a moose figurine, razor blades, Grandpa's pine tar soap (if I remember to order it in the next couple days)...not sure what else. And, everyone gets an orange, of course. :)

 

And, for gifts, I'm now I'm at:

 

DS1: Blacksmithing lessons with steel-toed boots, book on human anatomy for the artist, a Hobbit video game he traded a few years ago, and really misses.

DD1: Ice skates (and a helmet, if we can find one), two books on technique for drawing animals, and...not sure yet

DS2: A pack of Heroica Lego, a Pokemon handbook/encyclopedia...and probably a Go board

DD2: Craft stuff (paper, markers and crayons), a board book, and some Melissa and Doug wood food.

 

Everything in green is in my house right now. I've ordered the Pokemon book. So, we're almost done, except...well, that's another thread... http://www.mothering.com/community/f/16/talk-amongst-ourselves

post #62 of 101

Alright we now have it narrowed down a little. For the big present we'll most likely give them a wooden marble run (with lots of fun marbles of course) and some sort of table to put it on. My kids are OBSESSED with angry birds right now so of course they're asking for accessories and games... and we might suggest that relatives get them those! We also want to get DS1 some comic books and DS2 a musical instrument of some kind.

post #63 of 101
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View PostAnd, everyone gets an orange, of course. :)

We have an orange tree in our back yard. It doesn't get sweet until January. Then for three months we can go through ten oranges a day and throw away a lot of fruit that rots. I kind of love living in California. :)

post #64 of 101

My kids are all teens.  Sometimes I feel like I don't belong here now that I have no littles but here goes

DD - a Bunn my cafe coffee maker.  No one else likes coffee so this is awesome - can use K-cups, coffee, pods, tea bags and makes hot water.  With assorted coffees of course. I have been collecting jewlery making supplies and she will get those is a green cigar box (her favorite color) . New mittens

 

DS1 - new hat, new hockey gloves, gift cards so he can go out with friends but not have a ton of cash.  My mom is making him a blanket with some fabric he fell in love with due to it's softness. (he doesn't know)

 

DS2 - he is the big winner this year.  As the youngest he always seems to get everyones hand me downs.  He is getting the new 5th gen iPod.  He loves music and will be so excited.  Some new mittens since he bikes 2 miles to school most days and it was 18F this morning  and I knit him a dead fish hat :-)

post #65 of 101

We're having a particularly modest Christmas this year with money being tighter than ever. I shouldn't spend a dime but I don't quite have it in me to do that to ds since he won't be receiving any gifts from relatives except a couple of t-shirts from my mom.

 

He'll be getting two Minecraft t-shirts from my mom.

I got him a set of minecraft magnets http://www.amazon.com/Minecraft-Sheet-Magnets/dp/B004ULKF3W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354122039&sr=8-1&keywords=minecraft+magnets

Some magnetic putty http://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Aarons-Thinking-Includes-strong/dp/B001BS3FHU/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1354122327&sr=1-1&keywords=magnetic+putty

I'll probably give him a lego set that I've had in the closet for a couple of years even though he never built the one I gave him for his birthday:-/

 

I have a couple of stocking stuffers for him, a tube of astronaut ice cream "bites" in the form of little balls and an "infectious disease ball" http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e8f1/

I want to get him a mini wall calendar with cute animals. I found one at Five Below last year. I think I have a few lego minifigs in my stash.

 

We celebrate St Nicholas' Day on December 6th with a stocking, as well, so I need stuff for two stockings.

post #66 of 101

I had no idea there was Minecraft merchandise! I'll have to add some to DS's stocking -- he's just starting to get into the game and would love a t-shirt or keychain or something. 

 

For DS:
A pogo stick

Creationary (the Lego board game)

The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book

A few new Hardy Boys books

Star Wars DVDs (the original trilogy)

The game Twister

Stocking stuffers

 

For DD:

A doctor set that comes with a doll where you can take her temperature and stuff

A play cash register

Books (not sure which ones yet)

Board game (not sure which one yet)

Rio DVD

Stocking stuffers

post #67 of 101
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Originally Posted by limabean View Post

I had no idea there was Minecraft merchandise! I'll have to add some to DS's stocking -- he's just starting to get into the game and would love a t-shirt or keychain or something. 

 

 

Yes, there is quite a bit! Check out Thinkgeek.com. Just type minecraft into their search window and everything that they have will come up. I got the magnets through Amazon because they were cheaper. Look at jinx.com as well.

 

I was thinking a minecraft rubix cube would be cool and found someone posted this image that you can print: http://frankyboy440.deviantart.com/art/Minecraft-rubiks-cube-252123917 But I'm out of color ink so I probably won't make it for Xmas.

post #68 of 101

Thank you. I'm going to check this out, too. I like the kids to have roughly balanced stockings, especially dd1 and ds2 (they're the closest in age). DD1 has a bunch of hair stuff, in addition to all the stuff that she and ds2 are both getting. I've been trying to think of what to do to balance it out.  A few minecraft novelties may be just the ticket...and I can probably find something for ds1 and for dh, as well. Thinkgeek has great stuff.

 

Of course, dd1 also plays Minecraft...maybe I'll get her one Minecraft thing, and get a couple for ds2.

 

It's a lot easier to keep the stockings balanced when they're very small....

post #69 of 101
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post Thinkgeek has great stuff.

I'm sorry I didn't post about Minecraft stuff over the weekend because Thinkgeek had free shipping with no minimum for Cyber Monday. Keep that in mind for next year! Or get on their email list and they'll remind you:-)

post #70 of 101
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Originally Posted by 4evermom View Post

I'm sorry I didn't post about Minecraft stuff over the weekend because Thinkgeek had free shipping with no minimum for Cyber Monday. Keep that in mind for next year! Or get on their email list and they'll remind you:-)

 

I thought I wsa on their email list, but maybe not. I get a lot of email (lots of online shopping over the years, am on the lists for a few local attractions where I have memberships, several different - and very active - homelearning groups, lots of birth/ICAN related stuff, etc). I use filters, but I can't have a filter for everything, or I end up with too many filters to check them all!

post #71 of 101

not 100% sure, i've been stalking goodwill and haven't found what i'm wanting yet.

 

ds1 i want to get him some kind of science-y kit, the boy LOVES science stuff and doing things with his hands/building things/experiments. if i could find some k'nex that'd be good too. he has some but would like to build bigger coasters etc.

 

dd, fun things for her hair (i want to get these new unless they can be cleaned properly) fun socks and some tights for her to wear under her uniform skirts at school- it is finally starting to get colder here (well- except today) a sheetset/comforter; hopefully one with horses. the girl big puffy hearts horses. maybe books about horses.

 

ds2 anything really- he is easy to please. loves animals, cars , trucks, books, nothing at goodwill has jumped out at me yet though saying "i am the perfect thing for him".

post #72 of 101

My kid is getting some cool wooden puzzles that I found at yard sales. Also some new clothing that I found on the clearance racks. She'll probably get a lot from extended family, so I try not to overbuy.

post #73 of 101
My kids are all getting tablets (cheap tablets - like I found one for $59 on sale). Maybe new Broncos jerseys, too.

DD (age 8) wants a purple violin. I'll probably get it. I bought her a hair straightener she wanted. Jewelry, too. Probably clothes from Aeropostale and Hollister (ugh, I hate going into that stinky store).

DS1 (age 9) wants video games. Mostly whatever new Mario ones are out. I got him a couple board games, too. I might get him an indoor basketball hoop thing. Books he likes.

DS2 (age 7)is into Legos, still. I bought him a couple sets. He wants 3DS games; I haven't bought any yet, though. Not sure what else.

DS3 I'm no sure. He's 5, and likes all kinds of things but doesn't ask for much specifics.

For all of them: I'm thinking about a new bulb for our projector. Ours burnt out, and at $250 for a replacement, we've just been using a TV for movies... But they were spoiled by a 100" screen, and miss it.
post #74 of 101

DS(9)

*3 comic books

*super jumbo word search book

*book on human anatomy

*e reader from grandma

*pj's

*ravensberger Labyrinth game (score for .50 at a garage sale)

*the action bible

 

DS(3)

*spiderman DVD

*puzzle

*planet earth coloring book

*baby doll

*pj's

*dr. seuss books

 

DS(4 mos)

*sz 18 mos. pj's

*noisy toys

*1st board book

*blanket I am making

post #75 of 101

Okay. My kids are officially spoiled. Today, we went "Christmas shopping", and left them at Grandma's. They came home to a guinea pig...and now, we have two (the first one was settling in nicely, so I went back and bought one of her cagemates, so they could share space before they forgot each other lol.gif). DD2, in particular, is bouncing off the walls, but they're all beyond thrilled. DD1 said this was the best surprise ever - "maybe even better than Christmas".

post #76 of 101
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post

Okay. My kids are officially spoiled. Today, we went "Christmas shopping", and left them at Grandma's. They came home to a guinea pig...and now, we have two (the first one was settling in nicely, so I went back and bought one of her cagemates, so they could share space before they forgot each other lol.gif). DD2, in particular, is bouncing off the walls, but they're all beyond thrilled. DD1 said this was the best surprise ever - "maybe even better than Christmas".

 

That's really nice! I'm glad your kids are happy with their piggies!

 

 

Hmm, DS is mostly going to be getting books and toy cars, with a few interesting things like a wind-up bug and stuffed mice to fill in the gaps. I'm a bit stuck on ideas for a large-ish present for him, maybe something decorative for his playroom... meh, I think he'll be more interested in what I'm getting anyway.

post #77 of 101

My DD (5.5) will get on the solstice: homemade fudge and a handknit sweater; on Christmas she'll get an American Girl Doll (Rebecca) with the books, Catan Jr, and Geopuzzle the World version. My DS (2.5) will get fudge and a handknit sweater on the Solstice; on Christmas, he'll get a train table, a battery operated Percy, and a puzzle.
 

post #78 of 101

This year we kind of went all out...  (I had a great coupon for the John Deere dealership where DH gets a lot of parts at)

 

DD1- sparkly pink bicycle

girly quilt made by me

American girl doll

 

DS1- John Deere bicycle

captain americal quilt made by me

remote control tractor

 

DS2- John Deere pedal tractor

John Deere quilt made by me

no sure...

 

DS3- John Deere pedal tractor

IH quilt made by me

not sure

 

DD2-

girly quilt made my me that coordinates with DD1's quilt

little waldorf baby doll if I get time

 

Stockings- I want to get them all spin brushes and some fun little doodads for DD1's hair

post #79 of 101

DD1 (5):

Nintendo 3DS XL

Cats and Dogs 3DS Game

Hello Kitty 3DS case

Pogo Stick and Helmet

Hello Kitty Beanie Set

 

 

DD2 (3 by Christmas):

Wooden Abacus

Building Blocks Set

Marble Run (its huge, this is her "big gift")

Teddy Bear (because hers is falling apart already)

Wooden Xylophone

 

DS will be 9 months so he will just be getting clothes, we get him stuff all year round and he doesn't even know what's going on, I don't think he'll mind not getting toys for Christmas.

 

General:

Coat made by my mum ( the girls)

Blanket made by mum

Gorgeous Toy Chests with their names engraved made by grandpa

 

PLUS extended family, so I think we are going to settle with one big toy plus 4 little things every year. They will get their stocking in New Years eve which is a Greek tradition, I'm not sure what I will be getting them, probably candy, an orange and some little stuff.

post #80 of 101

Mothering's Natural Toy Guide might help with a few ideas: http://www.mothering.com/community/a/motherings-natural-toy-guide-2012

 

Anyone making handmade gifts for their children?

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