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    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    Something they want
    Something they need
    Something to wear
    Something to read!
    We try to stick to this as well. I have a budget of about $50 per want/need/wear/read

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorkingClassMum View Post
    We try to stick to this as well. I have a budget of about $50 per want/need/wear/read
    It's such a great idea! I was going crazy buying loads of cr"p at Xmas time. Every time I go to buy something I say this mantra! If it doesn't fit into one of these categories I don't buy it!

    Then I usually get a big family present which this year is a trampoline.

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    Dd is 3.5, ds just turned 1 and we have a swing set for them this year. In their stockings will be a bottle of bubbles, some paints and new shovels/castle moulds for the sandpit.

    Dd *really* needs a new bike, she got it for the Christmas before her 2nd birthday so it is getting much too small for her long legs now. Just not in the budget though

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    Quote Originally Posted by michellek View Post
    Dd *really* needs a new bike, she got it for the Christmas before her 2nd birthday so it is getting much too small for her long legs now. Just not in the budget though
    When I was 7 I really wanted a bike for xmas but we couldnt afford it, so dad went to an op shop and picked up a cheap second hand one, gave it a good clean and a coat of spray paint and it was good as new! I thought it was the best thing ever!! I've seen ones at the local op shops for around $10-$15, or good condition ones on gumtree for cheap. Just a thought if you really wanted to get your DD one xx

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    DS is getting an outside climbing frame, an easel, some Grug books and new swimmers from Santa, and a restored wooden barn and animals from me and DP.

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    My dd...is nearly 3. She'll get a bike. A special outfitted for kids with disabilities. I hope it's ready in time. So we'll buy a helmet etc. We get the bike through our funding. Which is great because money is tight.
    I bought some duplo early in the year. And I might see if our budget stretches to a splash pool for summer. And then a few little things like sticker books etc.
    She has no idea is christmas...but I think she'll enjoy unwrapping presents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    When I was 7 I really wanted a bike for xmas but we couldnt afford it, so dad went to an op shop and picked up a cheap second hand one, gave it a good clean and a coat of spray paint and it was good as new! I thought it was the best thing ever!! I've seen ones at the local op shops for around $10-$15, or good condition ones on gumtree for cheap. Just a thought if you really wanted to get your DD one xx
    Aw thanks, she can make do until her birthday in March. Swing set is plenty

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    I am so sick of toys! We are boycotting toys this year!

    Some ideas

    Yearly pass to the zoo
    Camping gear for the family (their own sleeping bag, torch, camp chair etc)
    A small pet each
    Plant, pot and soil
    Gardening tools
    Things for the beach
    Art & craft
    Tickets to something they love (my DS is getting strikers tickets)
    Books
    Science kits - either bought some national geographic etc or make your own
    Board game
    Outdoor things - ball, skipping rope, cricket bat, totem tennis etc
    Last year my mum bought my kids a cooking set, so a bowl, wisk, apron, hat, cookie cutter, wooden spoon and some ingredients each. Was a huge hit!

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    I'm not sure yet. I want to get the kids balance bikes but I want the trikes.

    They don't need anything else except clothes they really need clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    I'm not sure yet. I want to get the kids balance bikes but I want the trikes.

    They don't need anything else except clothes they really need clothes.
    IMO balance bikes are a waste of money! DP wanted one for our 2 year old... I told him we should just get a normal kiddies bike and take the pedals off to start with (put them back on later when she can balance a bit better) but nooooo, we had to have the real deal. The real, expensive, deal.


 

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