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    Default Christmas shopping advice and/or vent thread


    Thought I'd start this thread for those who want to discuss Christmas shopping, need advice or need to vent, whinge, or just simply spread some Christmas cheer

    I'll start. I've just started DS's Christmas shopping (super organised this year!) and of course started rolling my eyes at the division of blue and pink isles clearly labelled 'boys toys' and 'girls toys' (you can tell how often I venture into the toy sections - hardly ever).

    Anyway, I am wanting to get DS (3 years) more of a mix of toys this year as he has so much boy stuff and outdoors stuff, and have bought him a Dora doll (so I can do her hair ), a car parking station for all his cars, some Thomas stuff, and some lil woodzeez camper and family set, a couple of games/educational toys etc. I want to get more dolls/family type toys too.

    I'm really into the family type toys for him this year but the only doll with pram thing I found that I liked was a barbie(?) type doll with twin babies in a pram. Does anyone know of a man doll with pram/baby toy??

    Why it all has to be full-on pink is beyond me - there's none of that type of family stuff in the boy isles! It's so utterly sexist!! That's why I bought the woodzeez stuff as it's pretty gender neutral. I saw an awesome air plane toy with a mum and little girl inside (all pink too) which I loved! But DS is a boy so I thought he'd prefer toys with boys/men too, they all seem to have girls/women in them!

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    Dd has a silver cross toy pram- it's black. I know they also do a red one? Then you could just buy a boy doll or whatever you wanted separately?

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    If you go to proper toy shops you will usually find gender specific dolls.

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    Oh ok - I've only been to k-mart, myer and big W so far. Will try toyrRus.

    I was thinking more smaller figurine type sets/family sets as we have too many big toys, thanks

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    Lol.. Even though alot of families are trying to be not gender specific. Sadly the manifacturers aren't. SO Pink Tea sets, Pink Kitchens, Pink baby baths and toys. THE BARBIE AISLE. Lol. Not just the dolls, the entire section! lol.

    I just hate shopping for clothes really. 3-4 aisles of pretty girls clothes, 2 aisles of boys clothes.. Does my head in really.

    I layby'd our Christmas toys for the kids back in July during the Big W Christmas in July sale.
    Trying to find toys the boys will enjoy is so hard.
    Mainly cause I am just oblivious. My kids really don't enjoy much more then things with wheels, and I am trying to steer them clean of the wheel stuff and try and peek their interest in a different way.
    So bought a basketball hoop for Xmas this year.

    I did the layby with a friend. I only aimed for maybe 2 presents each. My friend though started buy tonnes of stuff for my boys and all I could think of, she is buying more for my kids then I am. Does that make a bad parent?
    But now I realise I am not even going to be home this XMas, as we are visiting the in-laws. SO what will happen with bazillion gifts I bought them this year? lol

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    Ds1 wanted a pram when he was younger and I found a great little blue one in toys r us, so definitely try them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleetwood View Post
    Oh ok - I've only been to k-mart, myer and big W so far. Will try toyrRus.

    I was thinking more smaller figurine type sets/family sets as we have too many big toys, thanks
    The Fisher Price 'my loving family' range is really good too and your ds would be a great age for that. It's good because you can ask other people to buy a room worth of furniture or more people to add to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Out To Pasture View Post
    My kids really don't enjoy much more then things with wheels, and I am trying to steer them clean of the wheel stuff and try and peek their interest in a different way.
    So bought a basketball hoop for Xmas this year.

    I did the layby with a friend. I only aimed for maybe 2 presents each.
    Yes, DS has SO many trucks/planes etc. and I am sick of trucks and planes! I know he'll like the family toy stuff though but has none! Also, part of the reason I want to buy him that this year is so I can actually enjoy playing with him. I am so sick of playing trains and cars. But I will enjoy playing with family sets and dolls It's just him and I so I have to do a lot of the playing with him when we're home.

    I intended not to go overboard this year but it looks like I am. It's hard not to grab things you know they will like! So hard. Oh well

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    I have no idea what I'm getting the kids...I do my xmas shopping in the last week!! lol The kids always change their minds and I find there is always good specials on at the last minute too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    The Fisher Price 'my loving family' range is really good too and your ds would be a great age for that. It's good because you can ask other people to buy a room worth of furniture or more people to add to it.
    Oooh definitely checking this out!!


 

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