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I'm a huge lover of wooden, safe, made in the USA or not made in China toys...so much that I start a thread every year on another message board to help people with their holiday shopping! And I even post links on Facebook <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Anyway...I feel like I've reached the end of my ideas. My daughter will be 15 months at Christmas. Between her and her 4 year old brother we have:<br><br>
Haba blocks<br>
Bajo cars<br>
wooden push toy (ball roller)<br>
wooden doll stroller<br>
play kitchen<br>
lots of play food and stuff for the kitchen<br>
train table<br>
soft dolls<br>
playsilks<br>
rainbow people mover car<br>
puzzles<br>
books galore<br><br>
I'm kind of at a loss as to what to get her. She's got so many things she can play with in her age range that were her brother's. I do want to have some things for her to open of course, but I just can't come up with anything.<br><br>
I was going to get one of those stacking rainbows, but I read on here that they don't get much use even though they are really pretty. I do have one thing for her to open...a Green Toys tea set.<br><br>
She really likes shoes, hats, bracelets, and other accessories. I'm cracking up that I had such a girly girl when I am about as far from that as you can get.<br><br>
What am I missing? Can you help me thing of anything I could get her this year? I don't completely limit them to wooden toys, I just like to support not made in China companies when I can.<br><br><br><br>
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How about a latch board? Maybe craft supplies, like an easel? Musical instruments? At that age our son really love his wooden xylophone and kids piano, and he still plays with them a lot.
 

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Heather, thank you for the ideas!<br><br>
Your post reminded me I wanted to get her a xylophone. It also reminded me I didn't mention we have an easel and a small wooden piano (it's from when I was little!)<br><br>
May I ask what a latch board is?
 

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It's like a wooden puzzle that has little doors with all different types of latches/locks on it that they can learn to open and close.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMelissa-Doug-Deluxe-Latches-Board%2Fdp%2FB000NVBE1A%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1258669588%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">Here is an example</a>.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLatches-Board%2Fdp%2FB001QJHDDQ%2Fref%3Dsr_1_10%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1258669588%26sr%3D8-10" target="_blank">And another</a><br><br>
We have the first type, which has pictures behind each door, like 1 purple pony, 5 green frogs, etc.
 

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I don't see a barn/farm or animals on your list. How about something like that?
 

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Plastic I know but duplo has been very popular here. My 5 yo still likes to play with it.<br><br>
I find adding a couple of new pieces to a set make the whole thing feel like new again. So we often go for a new train or a small set of food.<br><br>
A dolls bed/crib. I like IKEAs wooden dolls bed.<br><br>
I'm always up for a new CD. I get fed up of them much more quickly than the children <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. We listen to a lot of stories on CD in the car.<br><br>
ETA at that age I also wrapped some of DDs old toys for DS. but only the stuff I thought she had really forgotten.
 

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On a whim I got one of those collapsible tunnels for DD a few weeks ago (sort of like this one <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPacific-Play-Tents-See-Tunnel%2Fdp%2FB00000IURX%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1258747148%26sr%3D8-2" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Play-T...8747148&sr=8-2</a>). It was a big hit. Bigger than I thought it would be, even. But she's really into "child-sized" spaces at the moment (nearing 15 months).<br><br>
A little rocking chair or rocking horse?<br><br>
I like the musical instrument idea, too.<br><br>
Maybe get her some inexpensive "grownup" jewelry? DD likes my silver bangle bracelets a lot, as well as a strand of sea-urchin beads that I have.<br><br>
A lot of the stuff on your "Have" list is on my "Want" list for DD in the upcoming year!
 

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Thank you guys so much for all of the ideas!<br><br>
We do have a couple wooden animals, but I have been wanting to get some more.<br><br>
She does have a tutu and butterfly wing set that I got on sale after Halloween...she likes to wear those around the house.<br><br>
I bet she would really like lacing beads. Do they make them large enough to not be a choking hazard? Because she is awful about putting stuff in her mouth. Seriously terrible. LOL!<br><br>
Plastic doesn't bother me as long as it's safe plastic and not PVC or BPA. DD still can't be trusted even with the Duplo stuff, though. She's going to love it one day, she tries as hard as she can to get into her brother's Legos and Duplo stuff.<br><br>
Art supplies and more girly accessories for her is a great idea, too.<br><br>
And I am totally not opposed to wrapping up some of the stuff we already have. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thank you guys again very much for the help!
 

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How about a shopping cart? My 11mo DS plays with ours daily. He pushes it all over the house collecting random things and putting them in there. It is hilarious to clean it out at the end of the day to see his collection. He played with a Plan Toys cart at our childrens museum recently that was really cute.
 

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On a whim I got one of those collapsible tunnels for DD a few weeks ago (sort of like this one <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPacific-Play-Tents-See-Tunnel%2Fdp%2FB00000IURX%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dtoys-and-games%26qid%3D1258747148%26sr%3D8-2" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Play-T...8747148&sr=8-2</a>). It was a big hit. Bigger than I thought it would be, even. But she's really into "child-sized" spaces at the moment (nearing 15 months).<br><br><br>
My son got one of these on his 1st birthday. He's quickly approaching 6 and it STILL gets plenty of use. Excellent purchase IMO for any kid-I've yet to meet a kid who didn't have a great time w/ it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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How about some Playmobil 1-2-3? My kids love that stuff and have for a long time. As far as I know, it's made from ABS plastic.<br><br>
Or, in the wooden toy vein, something where cars or balls roll down a track? Or a ball hammering toy?<br><br>
Incidentally, I would not suggest getting this one:<br><br><a href="http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/PL5315/Plan-Toys-Miracle-Pounding.html?oompaItem=Plan%20Toys_Miracle%20Pounding" target="_blank">http://www.oompa.com/baby-toys/item/...cle%20Pounding</a><br><br>
Unless you are very good at making sure balls don't get lost in your house, as it's the only ball pounding toy I know of that doesn't work if one of the balls gets mislaid. It's really cool, though!
 

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Oh, I forgot to comment on the tunnel. That definitely looks fun...both kids would like that! And maybe the dogs, too. LOL!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Um, want to hear a funny story? The rainbow people mover has 10 people in it. Shortly after we got it for DD we lost one of the blue people. The nice lady who owns the site I bought it from kindly sold me replacements when 3 months later I just couldn't handle it any more (I am seriously anal about missing peices). It came in the mail on a Tuesday...Wednesday I found the blue person under the cover/seat of DD's high chair. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
We are bad about losing things, so I will definitely steer clear of that toy. Hahaha!<br><br>
Biscuits and Gravy...I forgot we have a shopping cart! Someone got it for DS for his birthday, but they both play with it. Thanks for the suggestion, that's definitely a big hit.<br><br>
Thanks again everyone!
 

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Sapphire, our zoo membership isn't up until next May. I do normally love those kind of gifts, I just want a little something for her to open so she can have fun unwrapping.<br><br>
We don't have a museum membership, that is a good idea! Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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There is a set of lacing beads on OneStepAhead.com and the pieces are large, definitely not a choking hazard. I just ordered them for my daughter last week and got them yesterday. The only ones they had left were wooden cars...but I don't think my daughter will mind<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thank you guys so much for all of the ideas!<br><br>
We do have a couple wooden animals, but I have been wanting to get some more.<br><br>
She does have a tutu and butterfly wing set that I got on sale after Halloween...she likes to wear those around the house.<br><br>
I bet she would really like lacing beads. Do they make them large enough to not be a choking hazard? Because she is awful about putting stuff in her mouth. Seriously terrible. LOL!<br><br>
Plastic doesn't bother me as long as it's safe plastic and not PVC or BPA. DD still can't be trusted even with the Duplo stuff, though. She's going to love it one day, she tries as hard as she can to get into her brother's Legos and Duplo stuff.<br><br>
Art supplies and more girly accessories for her is a great idea, too.<br><br>
And I am totally not opposed to wrapping up some of the stuff we already have. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thank you guys again very much for the help!</div>
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DS will be 15 months at Christmas, here's what we're getting him.<br><br>
Rainbow stacker<br>
Magna Doodle<br>
Wooden cars<br>
Board books<br>
Wooden train with rail cars<br>
Toddler sized bowl, plate and utensils<br>
Bead Maze<br>
Xylophone<br>
Shape sorter
 

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My mom is getting DS a play tent with a tunnel exit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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