I wanted to start a thread on this, because my daughter's birthday was on friday and we went through all the present-buying last week, and it got me thinking.
Charlotte hasn't had TV for a few years now (she's 10), although she watches videos on the internet. She likes Japanese stuff, usually fan-subtitled, sometimes fairly obscure, so her viewing habits aren't really inserting her into American consumer culture. She's also homeschooled.
I found that it threw a lot of the people we knew into a bit of a tizzy that she doesn't have "brands" that she likes. She isn't "into" anything that a kid might see in commercials. Shopping for her is actually a bit of a chore, because she doesn't have a list of things she wishes she had at her fingertips.
And this got me thinking about the virtual-Christmas-list that a lot of my friends' kids seem to have in their minds. You know, like they know in April that they want this or that Cool Thing for Christmas. They know down to the model number. And I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but it was kind of nice to get to buy things for her that we thought she might like, but hadn't necessarily lobbied for. It made the gift-giving feel less forced, somehow.
Anyway, I wanted to know if anyone else had experienced their TV-free kids relating to consumer culture differently?
(FWIW, we got her silk headbands, unbroken geodes, and a motorized solar system model that shines the constellations on the ceiling.)