Ds wants this truck desperately. He first spotted it at the toy store about 6 months ago and has been in love since. The thing is, I hate it. It's outrageously expensive, huge, and entirely plastic.
We've always approached the Santa thing as "a wonderful and fun story to tell and game to play around christmas time." However, this year, ds insists "No! Santa is really going to come to my house and bring me a red cement mixer!"
You see my dilema? I really think ds will be absolutely crushed if he doesn't get this truck come christmas morning. I've tried showing ds some really cool wooden cement mixers on etsy, but he's not interested. I know there is a lot of time between now and christmas and his interests/wants could change entirely, but he's been in love with this thing for 6 months now...I just can't see it happening.
What would you do?
She still had a great Christmas!
However, she does still talk about it wistfully every once in a while and then I feel bad.
IME, Bruder makes quality toys. We have a dump truck we got when my daughter was not quite 2 and it has held up to all kinds of abuse particularly from my one year old son.
It really is a pretty truck. The price is what hits me hardest. I have seen it for around 45 bucks on amazon though...still a lot, but not quite as bad. If I did get it, that would probably be his only present...plus his stocking. I'm totally cool with that...quality over quantity. Hmmmm, I guess I'm answering this myself
Still, I'm open for suggestions!
I'm pretty sure he has no idea what it even does--just that it looks just like the Why Writer Super Why uses. He saw it in a toy store when we were shopping for a friend. In our case it's not particularly expensive, so I'm going to honor his wishes and just get the darn thing--if he still remembers in a month or so. But he's remembered so far and he has a notoriously good memory, so I'm not holding out much hope.
I tend to err on the side going with the child's wishes, assuming that you would spend that much on something else instead. If that's outside of the budget you have for Christmas, then I would get something similar, but cheaper.
I don't even like trucks.
ETA... i'd totally get that for him. And, maybe some colored blocks to go with it... and probably even some "guys" to go with that.
That is a pretty nice truck, and it has that magical look. It reminds me of the rides at old carnivals... all colorful and shiny. It would make him so happy.
I would get him the truck and remember that his dreams and wishes won't always line up with yours, and his individuality is okay. Let him be who he is, and indulge in a little wish fulfillment on Christmas.
I don't think $67 is too much to pay. I guess perhaps we overspend, but roughly $100 per child is normal Christmas budget in our house. We save up over time for spending money for the kids' gifts, and we purchase gifts for other people throughout the year to spread the cost and save money.
I don't think $67 is too much to spend on my husband for Christmas, so I don't feel it's excessive for a child, either. Everyone likes to have fun and be a little spoiled/dream a little once a year!
Yes, they're plastic. But they are VERY realistic. They are among the favorite toys for all the kids who come to our house. Our ds is a detail guy. Details MATTER. (Seriously, whether the garbage truck lifts the garbage on the side or the back was a HUGE deal to him!) Wood trucks just weren't realistic enough for him. The Bruder trucks are.
Other reasons I love the Bruder trucks:
1. They're made in Germany, so they're safe plastic.
2. They're durable. Really, really strong. As in my kids sat on them, used them for steps, decided to see what would happen when they were sent down the steps (and onto the slate floor), etc.
3. You can replace the parts. (Active Toys has a really nice parts department.)
I got most of our Bruder stuff on Ebay. The price was much better, and I figured I was doing my part for the environment by recycling a toy that another child was done playing with.
Look at that - a very similar garbage truck on Ebay for $25 plus shipping.
It seems like a good toy to me. Yeah, it's Plastic, but also realistic, open ended, and as far as I can tell no batteries. And if it's not made in China, all the better. Could be a lot worse.
If it's just too much $$, then maybe there's something similar. If it's all I could afford, but I could afford it, I'd talk to him about how it would be his only gift, no other toys. Make sure he understands that and isn't jealous if another kid gets many cheaper toys.
Have you seen the size of it? http://sababygifts.com/Bruder/Boy_with_trucks.jpg
ETA: Of course you have - that's why you said it's huge. My bad. But for others - check this out. This thing is gigantic!
I'd pay $40 for that - and the ebay one's a steal! Maybe I'll beat you to it.
Kidding. I wouldn't do that....unless you really don't want it.
I agree - who cares if it's plastic? I've noticed that my kids prefer plastic and the realism plastic gives....wood...not much at all. Sure, I prefer wood. But my kids aren't me.
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We have the Bruder garbage truck, paid a pot load for it and it has been worth every penny. The boys play with it all the time and it is very durable. Our 2 year old rides it like a ride on toy (right on top of the sticker that says not to let children ride it lol).
We also bought the same truck for the boys' nursery school and the teachers report that it is one of the more popular toys they have.
I wish we could have more Bruder trucks but we have a very small house and as you know, they're huge!
We're actually getting him that cement mixer for a reward. He won't poop in the potty at all even though he's been pee trained for over a year. So he has a BIG cement mixer chart and when he gets 6 stickers he gets the truck. I found it for 45.00 on amazon.
If trucks are something your sons going to totally be into, you're probably going to have to give in on the plastic. And like pp have said, Bruder makes AWESOME toys.
My biggest compromise was WOW trucks. They're made in China AND plastic. But we have 5 or 6 of them and we've had them for 2 years and they are indestructible. Whether beaten with a skate board, pushed off slides, thrown off play structures, they're all still in perfect condition.
mama to one DS and one DD, equally amazing.