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|07-07-2014 10:43 AM|
My two girls (3 & 5) watched Brave and wanted a bow and arrow. Rather than buy a cheap-plastic one at the store, I told them we would go out into the garage and make one. This idea has spiraled into a whole new adventure for me.
|09-11-2010 09:35 PM|
Oh yeah, books are great too. I like to find books we love (and already have) at the thrift store, and save them for presents.
|09-06-2010 02:09 PM|
|gcgirl||I'm so glad somebody posted about the stomp rocket. DS is having a rockets and robots birthday party, AND I think it makes a great go-to gift when you don't know what to get somebody.|
|09-06-2010 09:51 AM|
Dd is 4, so we've been to a ton of 4-yo-birthdays this year.
Our go-to gift is Playmobil stuff, which all the kids around here seem to love. We've also gotten:
*interesting/unusual board games (Zingo, Animal upon Animal, Haba Princess and the Pea, Sequence for Kids, Take the Cake, stuff like that)
*puzzles (often we'll do a theme gift around a puzzle--so it might be a space puzzle with a space coloring book and a space flashlight or something)
*toy cars of various sorts (matchbox, build-your-own, etc.)
*craft kits--we love the Alex craft kits, for example
We don't spend a ton of money on birthday gifts, but we try to make them special by getting a few little extras--stickers, a coloring book, a mini eraser--that match the theme of the gift.
By the way, we were at a BBQ yesterday and there was a stomp rocket set there. The kids went CRAZY for them.
|09-05-2010 08:56 PM|
|09-05-2010 01:08 PM|
My son was only into disney characters for awhile but I just kept exposing him to cool and/or funny books. What got him back into books were the books that come with a cd. Made a huge difference.
For toys, I always try to go with something that invokes creativity and/or imagination.
|09-05-2010 12:49 PM|
|gcgirl||Not sure if this fits your situation, but my mom is so tired of getting the "lame" gift or a duplicate gift for my niece who seems to have everything that her gift from now on is going to be a gift card and a shopping outing WITH MY MOM to pick out a gift. So basically the present is time with grandma, but with a present at the end.|
|09-05-2010 12:04 PM|
You could get the kid a game. Some good ones he might enjoy at that age and still would allow room for growth include Sequence for Kids, Tiddly Winks, Bandu / Bausack, Don't Break the Ice, Topitop, Clever Castle, Hot Spot, Rush Hour Jr., Blokus, Connect Four, Carcassonne, Logic Links, Chinese Checkers, Connect Four.
You could also get him a computer game that is better than the video games he may be playing. Not all computer games are bad. My son loves to play Zoo Tycoon, for example. That may not be "crunchy" enough for your requirements, , but in my opinion the main thing that's important with little ones is to keep them thinking and growing.
|09-05-2010 02:39 AM|
Sorry, I "lost" this thread for a bit (I only get a few notifications in my email to new posts and then nothing, and I don't know how to change that )
BTW SIL's reply to my query for suggestions? "I really don't know. He likes batman, spiderman, (he already has batman figure). We bought him a remote control car (yellow like bumble bee)."
So DaughterOfKali while generally speaking I totally agree on books (LOVE Barefoot books!) from that and other things I've been heraing DN isn't really into books right now unless they involve Batman or Spiderman.
|09-04-2010 10:02 AM|
This is a really useful thread for us, too. I love the cardboard box book. I can see giving that with a couple of big cardboard boxes and some art supplies. This will be perfect for dd to do at Christmas as the day progreses, presents are over and everyone's talking and hanging out at our (fantastic) in-laws.
We go to lots of "mainstream" birthday parties for dd, too; who is 6. It's true it's sometimes hard to know what will go over well from the local toy/book store; but in my experience, the parents and kids are usually delighted with what we buy. Often, our gift gets a pretty lukewarm reception at first; but after the other toys have been put down, it's a different story.
-DIY cartoon books
-fimo with instructions
-fun, personalized stainless-steel water bottles
-nontoxic nail polish
-alphabet bracelets, so the kids can spell their name and wear it. Jewelry goes over especially well with boys, since people almost never buy it for them
OP, I think you did great!
|09-04-2010 08:38 AM|
I give books (along with a non book gift.) When we go to birthday parties, NO one else gives books. So, there... I guess it's not a mainstream gift.
|09-04-2010 06:45 AM|
I think classic toys are the way to go. Tops, jack-in-the-box, yo-yos, train sets, tinker toys, etc. are all recognizeable, fun, and yet not mind-numbing.
Kids love tops. I am always amazed at how well my children's tops are received. I will literally have ten kids from ages 6 months to ten years sitting around having me spin them again and again. I can never have enough tops. But still, it's not like people think, "Oh, crunchy!" They just ask where I got it. "Oh, I remember that! Where on earth did you find one nowadays?!"
|09-04-2010 06:07 AM|
|SquishyKitty||You realize they sell Waldorf toys at Toys R Us. Does that make them mainstream?|
|09-04-2010 12:42 AM|
I suggest going with what interests the kid. For instance my DS loves dinosaurs and he would simply love to recieve dinosaur books, dinosaur stuffed animals, dinosaur figurines, electronic dinosaurs, dinosaur board/electronic games, dinosaur clothes.... you get the picture. He even recieved dinosaur themed moon sand one year that he thought was super cool.
And he might surprise you too. There have been a few gifts that my son recieved that I thought for sure he would have no interest in but wound up being one of his favourite toys.
|09-03-2010 11:16 PM|
|nashvillemidwife||I didn't know there were "values" attached to toys other than the price sticker. If someone gave my child a gift that was not like the others she has, I would be much more concerned to know there was some kind of attitude attached to it.|
|09-03-2010 02:23 PM|
I just read through the rest of the thread. I can't believe I didn't think of bug catching stuff. On a whim, I threw a small bug catching/examining jar into dd1's birthday present when she turned six. She, ds2 and five of their cousins spent most of the rest of the party hunting bugs, and they had a blast.
|09-03-2010 02:18 PM|
|09-03-2010 02:08 PM|
I don't like to buy blinky flashy stuff. My nephews and nieces like that stuff. I try to find things that play to their interests outside of that, but it's become really hard with a couple of them (the nephews above) and I gave up. I don't want to get them something they won't like. I avoid anything with batteries for my sister's kids, because she's really broke, and that just adds batteries to the list of stuff she "needs" to buy.
Generally...craft supplies, books, puzzles, games...check out Klutz books - they have some fun rocket and airplane ideas.
Oh - four might be too young (I don't think so, but maybe), but PlayDoh makes an ice cream shop set. It's plastic, which I don't like much, but my kids love it. They've played with it for 3 hours straight, without any squabbling, requests for snacks or anything. This qualifies as a miracle toy...seriously. It might be worth a shot.
And, he may be a bit young, but I bought one of thsee for a nephew who loves to read a few years ago, and it went over really well:
...and I'm thinking of getting this one:
for ds2 this year.
|09-03-2010 01:21 PM|
I see you ended up with Automoblox. My sons have several, and they are a lot of fun. They don't play with them a ton, but when they do, the boys seem to enjoy them. I hope your nephew likes them!
|09-03-2010 10:52 AM|
|Quinalla||Yup, go for something that is "acceptable" to pretty much everyone, but is a more open-ended toy. Like a ball of some sort, books, etc. What I do if I can though is ask for a list of toys and pick one off of that and then maybe include something along with it like a book that is more my style.|
|09-03-2010 10:46 AM|
|09-03-2010 02:42 AM|
For future ideas: Playmobil have great play value. Right now our house is a kid magnet because of our playmobil collection. It's really sweet to see my 9 year old and his 11 year old (very media and tech savvy) friend making up games with playmobil. They come in a gazillion different themes (knights, castles, rescue, zoos, farms....).
Cranium games are easily found and a lot of fun.
Zingo is a great game for this age.
|09-03-2010 01:23 AM|
|nerdymom||PS Canadians can search "stomp rocket" on amazon.ca and there is a book that tells you how to make them yourself, as it claims, for less than $1.|
|09-03-2010 01:20 AM|
|nerdymom||I know you already bought a gift (those cars are awesome! My DS would love them), but I wanted to tell you about The cardboard box book. It looks like loads of fun, and I think it definitely has the appeal for all kids, flashy toys or no flashy toys. It might be a little advanced for him to do by himself right now, but maybe in a year or two.|
|09-03-2010 12:34 AM|
|NiteNicole||I saw a commercial today for Weebles and I'm wondering if my four year old is too old for them. I ADORED Weebles when I was a kid.|
|09-02-2010 08:16 PM|
|junipermuse||I think I would get legos or Playmobil|
|09-02-2010 07:06 PM|
|09-02-2010 07:04 PM|
Just wanted to throw that out there in case you really wanted to get him a big-kid Lego set.
|09-02-2010 06:50 PM|
|Molliejo||We have a stomp rocket. It is pretty darn kick ass.|
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