We have 6 rubbermaids of
- legos (4 rubbermaids full of train set, misc. sets, and tons of blocks)
- metal john deer tractors and farming equiptment
- crash dummies
- cowboys and indians (he wants to give, I don't)
My dd LOVES playing with the stuff that her dad and I did as kids.
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We give lots of used gifts including toys for our son.
And I'm definitely not a "no presents except on Christmas and birthday" mom. I'm just "overly practical" mom Why give them these things now and then have to go out and buy a whole new round of things in a few months?
It's environmentally friendly to reuse. If they're high quality toys, they'll last a long time. In fact, I just scored a big Playmobil hospital set for 1/2 price on Ebay. It's been on dd's list for a long time, and I wasn't willing to spend $160 on a new one. (Heck even the $75 I did spend on it feels like a lot!) Now I just have to hide it until Christmas.
ETA: Ds (9) just spend $4 of his own a used stuffed penguin. He needed a wife for Rockhopper, who is Empie's sister. Empie is married to Penguin and they have 3 children (Flappy, Humboldt and Jolly). Grandma and Grandpa penguin also live with the family, and they're all guarded by Mr. King. Given the fact that we already had 8 stuffed penguins, I wasn't about to shell out any money for more penguins, no matter how lonely Rockhopper was. Ds was very pleased to find a good used penguin from Goodwill. I suspect the rest of the extended family will come from there too (ds has already planned another grandma and grandpa, a sibling for Penguin and cousins!)
Another vote for waiting!
that aside, i am getting so excited that my dd can start playing with little toys and blocks, legos and lincoln logs too. my mom saved a lot of our favorite toys
When my littles were really little, I actually used toys they already owned as stocking stuffers. We have lots of generous relatives who gave them lots of stuff, and it just made sense to me to throw some things in there that they had, but had completely forgotten about. If they had noticed I was prepared to say something about how nice it was of Santa to remember how much you liked that toy when you first got it, but they never did.
I love giving her toys from our childhood. I agree with PP who said that it creates a connection between you and your children, and teaches them the value of reusing things.
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In this case, I think you could go one step further and make it extra special by making it a gift from your husband to his son, special toys passed down. That is the best kind of present, imo.
I love cowboys and indians. I have a huge box of them mixed with old army men, and my daycare kids love those. The kids are older, but they can spend hours setting them up and playing.
Last year I found DS the most awesome set of oversized plastic dinosaurs, for $1. They're his favorite toy. He plays with them every.single.day.
What is the penguin look like? I'm curious because my mother gave away a penguin to Goodwill...