An Aunty's Response to "What not I buy my kid for Christmas"

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@lalalyanne: lol. buying for my nephew is so hard – he has EVERYTHING!  Finally, what I did last year was buy him this video game learning toy (Fisher Price Smart Cycle) which was a bit above his age range so he has a little room to grow.  Now he’s grown into it and for holidays I buy him new games for it.  

If you can find something like that where you can build on the gift so to speak, I find it easiest!

Another idea is find a fun experience to do with him – a kid-friendly amusement park, science museum, etc?  That way you can spend QT with him/her doing something they don’t get to do every day?! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

+1 all the way!

My family members placed a bunch of restrictions on gifts so I don’t buy the kids anything anymore unless one of my brothers specifically creates an Amazon wish list filled with stuff one of their kids wants.  I just send them money on their birthday and call it a day.  I’m not going to spend a shit load of time trying to figure out what’s an acceptable gift and what’s not!

 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@lalalyanne:  Oh man… I hear you. I’m generally pretty good about getting kids books or something educational and QUIET because my mom held a grudge against all her no-kids cousins for buying me loud toys and totally retailated when they had kids. 

But this year I have an adorable, crazy nephew who is 1year old. My fiance loves him. He LOVES to play peek-a-boo and of course we say “Peek a boo Elmo” and FI just HAS TO get it for him. I tried to redirect him toward Duplo blocks or something quieter & softer because, really, my nephew is just going to pick up the elmo and throw it against the wall because that’s what he likes to do right now. But nope… elmo’s squeeky little voice will be heard throughout the land… until nephew breaks it about 10 minutes later. Great use of $30, beloved! SIGH

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@lalalyanne:  Right there with you. My SIL wont let us get anything loud, messy (includes crayons, playdoh, anything with glitter), anything with multiple pieces… 

It gets annoying. Just let me buy whatever the heck I want to buy. If we do though she will say “That’s a grandmas house toy”

How rude…

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@lalalyanne:  I just want to hug you.  Agreed.  

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think my FI and I have found the prefect non-loud, kid friendly gift for his nephew for this Christmas.  It’s called Stomp Rocket Jr.  Basically, a little thing that has foam rockets attached to a launch pad that the kid steps on to fire.  It’s perfect, and I’m sure his 14 month old sister will inherit it when he grows out of it. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

LOL. I pretty much just picked out what I wanted to buy my nephew and then made sure he didn’t have one. We got him a lime green Rody and damn if I’m not super excited to see him bounce his silly butt all over the house on that thing!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@lalalyanne:  That’s awesome! Good for you! 😀 and hell yeah POOL TIME 

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lalalyanne:  The foam rockets are crazy soft, like basically pool noodles.  That’s how we got away with it.  🙂

We are the cool gift giving aunt and uncle, though.  I’m creative when it comes to preasents.  Like, for your teddy bear dillma up there, we got the nephew a plushie that was also a backpack.  How can you really turn down a backpack for a child so they can carry around thier own stuff?  🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee

If parents need someone to blame for kids being kids, I’m ok with that being me.

I’m buying for a kid, it’s going to be something I hope they enjoy.

When you step on that LEGO left out because little buddy loves LEGOs and wants to play with them everyday, go ahead and curse my name. It’ll make you feel better. No hard feelings!

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@lalalyanne:  Yeah… I’m not sure how he’s going to feel about it when it becomes a “tio & tia’s house toy”. 😛 We have his little bike and a bag full of balls right now. On the one hand, he always complains when they drop the baby off for babysitting but don’t bring toys. On the other hand, I doubt he wants an apartment full of toys. HAHA. 

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