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I have not ordered anything yet, but I am plan on getting a Brock Magicscope. DC1 wants to take Nordic lessons and DC2 wants to take gymnastics lessons. They both want headlights so they can kicksled at night. I am also interested in a Family Pastimes game.

What are you getting? Anything special related to HSing?
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we are getting a microscope and a wii from my folks. my inlaws......not sure what they are giving the kids yet. as for me and dh, we are still trying to figure out what we want to give the kiddos. i know i want to buy some more board games and puzzles, and for my dd we're buying a child's loom. not sure about my ds, he really loves action figures right now. i'll probably get him some awesome wood building blocks or more legos. sigh...so much i want, but only so much money....it's hard to decide!!

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I think we are making a big set of wooden blocks, buying a mini tramp with handle and either buying or making a marble run and a balance beam. I also purchased a vintage all metal tonka for my daughter off of ebay. I bought some 29.00 sansa mp3 players off of woot for putting stories on for my kids to listen to on trips; I can't read in a car without getting sick. I would like some basic wooden puzzles as well.

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Craft supplies, a keyboard, cameras for each of them, board games. That's what I have so far.
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My kids have asked for some pretty odd stuff this year! I've heard requests for a vaccum cleaner, a fish tank, a floor rug and a *land creature* (for a pet-I think she meant a small mammal) along with the more average things like a Nintendo DS, new X-box games, books and Cds.

I'm thinking they'll each get some books (already bought), a few new X-box games (ditto) or computer games, and probably a board game. In addition each child will get one big gift (CD player for DD, that rug for DS and the land creature for DD2
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Dd is getting a teaching cash register by learning resource, I think it will be fun for playing store and for learning math. I'm still figuring the rest out, but doing some just toy stuff too.

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Let's see...Stockmar crayons, Wii (for the whole family, really), and some new wooden toys....blocks, archway blocks, dominoes, play food for their kitchen, some holztiger figures, one of those big spiral/waldorfy puzzles, new scooters (DD's got stolen and DS is ready for a Razor), and a couple Family Pastimes games. We did a big clean out after the China crap so we have some toy substituting to do. The nice thing is it is all more open-ended and supportive of building creativity (and way less crap around the house LOL). I had way too much fun in that toy coop!!

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Ds has requested a beginner paintball kit, a game for his wii, a bed side lamp (so he can read in bed, his current lamp is too bright and keeps him up), this Mecchano set , a Mechanical Dictionary and a magnet compass from Lee Valley
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Ds has requested a beginner paintball kit, a game for his wii, a bed side lamp (so he can read in bed, his current lamp is too bright and keeps him up), this Mecchano set , a Mechanical Dictionary and a magnet compass from Lee Valley
Those are interesting items. Thanks for sharing the site.
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here are my partial lists;
Christmas Gifts List
ds7;
dollhouse boy
shepherd and flock http://www.threesisterstoys.com/p-18...erd-flock.aspx
knight set like here http://www.dancingraindolls.com/Tintangel.html
teepee & and indians http://www.threesisterstoys.com/p-47...-play-set.aspx
royal cape http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?section_id=0&bc=1004&pgc=21&cmvalue=MCD |0|Normal%20Search%20Result|P1
chain link hood http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1399/.f
http://www.gi.alaska.edu/~jesse/trea...es/tchest.html
large wooden truck
knight stuff here http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/sc.18/.f?search=knight

dd5;
dollhouse girl
finger puppets like here http://crochetme.com/Aug_Sept_2005/p...r_puppets.html
princess cape http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?section_id=0&bc=1004&pgc=21&cmvalue=MCD |0|Normal%20Search%20Result|P1
apron
dragonfly wings
belt-crochet
http://www.allcrafts.net/dolls.htm#freeprojects
american girl doll (which one et to be decided? she gets one every year)
princess dress up outfit

ds3;
dragon ride on toy like here http://www.dancingraindolls.com/the_dragon_charmer.html
dollhouse boy
felt dragon
royal cape http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?section_id=0&bc=1004&pgc=21&cmvalue=MCD |0|Normal%20Search%20Result|P1
chain link hood http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1399/.f
crochet fishing set
cedar blocks
large wooden omnibus
knight stuff here http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/sc.18/.f?search=knight

ds10mo;
storybook puppets http://www.maggiescrochet.com/
crochet turtle rattle http://www.maggiescrochet.com/pages/...attle_main.htm
baby legs
rainbow tumbler http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...&category=4821
car http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...&category=4821
amber teething necklace http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...=2&category=52
amber rattle
angel mobile http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...&category=4818
silk blanket http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...&category=4818
three men in a tub http://www.threesisterstoys.com/p-59...-in-a-tub.aspx


each child gets;
gnome home http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1554/.f
gnome http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.5744/.f


to share;
nesting elements http://www.threesisterstoys.com/p-13...-elements.aspx
tree blocks http://www.threesisterstoys.com/p-147-tree-blocks.aspx
family games
puzzles
art supplies
homemade candy canes without the crappy dyes (like they'll share those!)
maybe a couple more dollhouse doll set
dollhouse http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1186/.f
stable

we are making as much of this as is possible, but using these sites as ideas. my dh also has "his" list for them. which will be a multitude of sports equipment. we also get alot of books and i am particularly interested in this chivalry and knights set of books for the boys. we will also do a handwork basket for each child. each child makes presents for each other and relatives...we are busy!
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wanted to come back and add "lincoln logs" for our son

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Right now the plan is MP3 players(they have recently discovered the joy of mobile music.) and a pink Nintendo DS for my 10 yr old w/ some games she has asked for. This will be the first video game type thing any of them have had. It's particularly for when she is "bored" at her sisters' classes(gym, dance, etc.) and for trips.

Those are the only definite things I have planned so far. I could make a list 2 miles long of stuff I would like to get each of them. I come up w/ more ideas each day.
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The family gift is a Wii.

The boys will be getting a few handmade gifts as well, magic wands, clay, art smock...

The grandparents will be asked to give them either money towards Nintendo DS (because I told then they had to buy them with their own money!), zoo membership or gift certificates for archery equipment (not that any of us need anymore!).
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DD has made a list and I'll send it to grandparents and relatives.

2 Pixel Chix sets
rubber chicken (don't ask! )
chess set
compass
playmobil hospital
books
anything Pokemon
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Right now the plan is MP3 players(they have recently discovered the joy of mobile music.) and a pink Nintendo DS for my 10 yr old w/ some games she has asked for. This will be the first video game type thing any of them have had. It's particularly for when she is "bored" at her sisters' classes(gym, dance, etc.) and for trips.

Those are the only definite things I have planned so far. I could make a list 2 miles long of stuff I would like to get each of them. I come up w/ more ideas each day.
Monica, I just wanted to share. We gave dd (then 11) a pink DS last year for Christmas. She started crying because she never thought we would give her one : It was so sweet. It was our first foray into games systems or handhelds. She likes it very much and has taken good care of it. Hope your dd enjoys it as well

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So far we haven't planned too much, except to not get stuff made in China We did get DS1 "Wintersmith" by Terry Pratchett. DD wants one of those little "zig-zag" sewing machines. I'll wait for a 40% COUPON! ds2 just wants Godzilla stuff, which than kfully is made in Japan.
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I'm really not sure what we're getting! Our house is going on the market and we'll be moving cross country (to Ohio) once it sells. We'll probably end up with a much smaller home because we want something older (1920's era) so I don't want to load up on stuff, kwim?

I have already ordered a few things from Magic Cabin:
a tetherball set (for both kids)
block stilts (a set for each child)
maze books (one for each child at their difficulty level)

I also know that I'll be getting the new "Lego Star Wars" Wii game for my son. We got him a Will system for his birthday and he really wants this new game.

I'm looking at the vanity table from Pottery Barn Kids. My daughter has been wanting one but I'm hesitant to purchase it since I don't know what size her room will be in the next house.

I'm loving everyone's ideas so far!

Oh, and I guess I should add our puppy to the list since my son insisted on buying her a stocking the other day. He insisted on an empty one (instead of those pre-stuffed ones) so that we can see what Santa will leave for a dog. LOL I was at least able to talk him into letting the dog and cat share the stocking!
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DD1
A science set-some petri dishes, beakers. graduated cylinders, test tubes, scoopula
some books
board games

DD2
I have no idea, she will be a year old and very content with older sis's hand me downs

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The family gift is a Wii.
What is this?

I'm thinking of getting DD some of the manipulatives from Saxon math. I know she'd love playing with a scale & a clock so she'll probably get those, along with a few small gifts. (We only do 3 gifts from Santa)

DS2 will get a puzzle, books & a tool box & chest.

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DS (3.5 yrs) and DD (1.5 yrs) are getting a train table, track and a few engines...and they are also getting a play kitchen. They don't really understand "your" toys and "my" toys yet...everything is still communal at this point, and DD loves to play with anything DS is playing with.
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What is this?
A video game system.
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Ooohhh, I shouldn't have read this thread! We do a VERY low-key holiday here, because they get lots from family, but there are some things listed here that I really want to add to their lists

So far, we have a bunch of Family Pastimes games (I MDC co-ops!). I also want to get my big girl some nice jewelry on Etsy--she's been ogling my stuff, and I think she's old enough now. Other things on the list include:

For five-year-old
Subscription to National Geographic (the real one, not the kids one--MIL got this for her)
I Spy computer games: I Spy Fantasy, I Spy School Days
Groovy Girls dolls and accessories
Microcassette recorder (for dictating her many, MANY stories so I can transcribe them

For two-year-old
Beanbag chair
Loving Family Twin Time Dollhouse and furniture sets (any except the car, kitchen, or pet set)


That's all I have for now. I have to do more thinking, because we have a lot of people asking for ideas!

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They don't really understand "your" toys and "my" toys yet...everything is still communal at this point
I wanted to pick up on this, because I've noticed that my kids still, at ages 4 through 13, still make little distinction between "your" stuff and "my" stuff. There's almost no sole ownership, and almost no sibling rivalry. I can't help but wonder if these things are related, though I'm not sure which causes which. I love that my kids don't use their ownership of things as a weapon against each other. I never hear them claiming "no, it's mine and you can't have it!" I might hear "no, I want it right now and you can't have it!" The important difference between these two is that the latter de-escalates as soon as the emotions abate because no one has claimed eternal control over the object. In the former, even once the emotions have calmed, the child still assumes the object falls under his or her control, to things could flare up again at any point. Over the years, in playgrounds and parks, on playdates and out and about, I have heard so many children using the fact of their ownership of something as a weapon against other children. It doesn't seem to happen in our family.

Basically while many things arrive in our home with sole ownership attached, within a week or two that exclusivity withers, generally without any conflict. Most things are shared here, although some things have sentimental value to one child in particular and are primarily owned or cared for by that child. These are generally things that have special meaning to that child rather than things that have value in general to all. With the many shared items of value that our family owns I prefer to encourage in the kids the value of responsible custodianship (caring for something well while it is in your possession) rather than the value of pride in ownership.

Back to the topic of Christmas gifts, our gift-giving is very simple. Each child gets "something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read." Most of these, except the books, are home-made, though I've bought my 4yo a backpack and my 13yo a nice clip-on watch. The 'something you want' is not generally a big-ticket item. I'm knitting the "something to wear" gifts this year.

We also give ourselves a new family board game on Christmas Eve. This year it's Khet.

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I am so glad you said this, mooninmama, because this is exactly the way we want things to be in our home. We have 3 children and the 2 girls share a room. Their entire lives, things have been shared. We simply haven't had space for each girl to hoard "their own stuff" away from the other. And yet they try. The grandparent constantly give them things, the same things, similar things, all which go towards the "this is yours and this is yours" bit. I hear "mine" so many times during the day, mostly from my 3.5 yo DD, but also from my 7 yo DD. We talk casually about how most things we share in this house, with the exception of underwear and toothbrushes (always gets a chuckle). But still, it's an effort. I am trying to think of things that are exclusively, not-to-be-touched-by-the-other items in our home and I can't think of anything. There are, like you say, things that the older daughter has that she doens't like the younger touching because they are special and I understand that. I would love to hear how you build that attitude in your children!
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Lots of craft stuff for Dd

A gift card for video games for Ds

Some books (or a book gift card because Ds is too hard these days)

Make up for Dd

Fave candies and snacks

Board games for the family

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Back to the topic of Christmas gifts, our gift-giving is very simple. Each child gets "something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read." Most of these, except the books, are home-made, though I've bought my 4yo a backpack and my 13yo a nice clip-on watch. The 'something you want' is not generally a big-ticket item. I'm knitting the "something to wear" gifts this year.

We also give ourselves a new family board game on Christmas Eve. This year it's Khet.

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love this! We do three Christmas "wishes" - the same as what Jesus recieved. But I love the Christmas Eve board game idea! Thanks for the idea - I hope you don't mind if we borrow it!

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my oldest who will be 11 this month is getting a Lego Castle Chess set for his birthday and a book called "Dragonfire" by Anne Forbes. We're going to take a friend of his with our family and have pizza at Mellow Mushroom and then go bowling.

My youngest dd will be 8 two weeks before Christmas. She's getting Zoo Tycoon 2 Marine Mania and the Christmas dress for her Kit American Girl doll. I also got her a book "Catscape" by Mike Nicholson.

For Christmas I got my youngest a blue German made car from toyspectrum.com, a Mr. Roger's Trolley from holgate.com (USA made with USA components and paint too!), a piggy back train from woodentoy.com (USA made), and a book "Winter" by Gerda Muller.

My girls got used American girl doll beds and AG pajamas for their AG dolls used on eBay. I also got them "Robin Hood", "The Rainbow Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang, "The Cat Who Decided" by Margaret Forrester and Sandra Klaassen.

My oldest son is getting a "Cars" computer game as well as Zoo Tycoon 2 (I may have to give him Zoo Tycoon 2 for his birthday so his sister can play her's on her birthday so it will work!). I also got my son another book "Chill" by Alex Nye.

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Our wish list

Globe
Rock tumbler
Family games -- Blockus, yhatzee, etc
Legos -- castle types
Books
Pajamas


I need to get shopping. I haven't bought a thing yet.

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For five-year-old
Subscription to National Geographic (the real one, not the kids one--MIL got this for her)
My now 11 yo has been getting this since he was 8.

Twice there have been photos of children in war torn areas that have died and it was rather traumatic for my child. (The most haunting was the child in the coffin in Eastern Europe because he looked like our youngest.)

I like National Geographic too I just preview it first. My oldest has Asperger's and some images really do haunt him.

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I want to get my 4-year-old daughter a put-it-together marble run, books, new crayons, puzzles, and a new board game.
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