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    We usually give T about 5-6 things for Solstice. Since we don't do Christmas, we don't do Santa, or stockings, so DH and I each get him a 2-3 presents, although we just give them to him "from us" instead of 3 being "from Mom" and 3 "from Dad." This year I got him a LeapPad (which I got on a good sale for around $40), a knight's cape and shield for playing dress up, and a book. DH got him 2 DVDs ("The Neverending Story" and "The Goonies" and another book. That's pretty typical of the level of presents and money spent - around $100+ in all. I can't imagine giving 20-30 presents! Even 6 seems like a lot when he is opening them all at once!
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    How do you shop a whole year ahead? How do you know what your kids will want? Or what size they will wear? Last December, I'd never dream that my skinny 7-year-old would be in a size 10 this year, or that she would decide she loves Barbies. And two of their grandparents send them things randomly through the year that they find on sales so there's a risk of duplicates. That actually happened last Christmas but it was soon enough that I could still return what I'd bought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    How do you shop a whole year ahead? How do you know what your kids will want? Or what size they will wear? Last December, I'd never dream that my skinny 7-year-old would be in a size 10 this year, or that she would decide she loves Barbies. And two of their grandparents send them things randomly through the year that they find on sales so there's a risk of duplicates. That actually happened last Christmas but it was soon enough that I could still return what I'd bought.
    Is this your first time around with the Barbie love? Been there, and hopefully never will again. Or, is it a re-falling in love, so to speak? Know what I loathe about Barbie? Not the dolls themselves, though I'm not a huge fan either, it's the itty bitty little pieces and accessories that come with the Barbies. They get lost in 2 seconds and next thing you know the doll's been cast aside because all the bits that go with it have disappeared into the heating vents or sucked up in the vacuum. Or, you just step on their sharp little points and curse the day Barbie ever entered your life again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    How do you shop a whole year ahead? How do you know what your kids will want? Or what size they will wear? Last December, I'd never dream that my skinny 7-year-old would be in a size 10 this year, or that she would decide she loves Barbies. And two of their grandparents send them things randomly through the year that they find on sales so there's a risk of duplicates. That actually happened last Christmas but it was soon enough that I could still return what I'd bought.
    There are some things that will not change from year to year. For example, every year Walmart sells baskets full of lotion, bath sponges, and other bath things. Then after Christmas they are marked down 50-75%. During those sales I buy several and put them aside for times throughout the year that I need gifts for people. Today the Hobby Lobby had all Christmas things 80% off. I bought candles that are not necessarily just for Christmas that I will use year long. I bought a Latch hook rug kit for my daughter last July. That is not something that she is going to outgrow in less than a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Is this your first time around with the Barbie love? Been there, and hopefully never will again. Or, is it a re-falling in love, so to speak? Know what I loathe about Barbie? Not the dolls themselves, though I'm not a huge fan either, it's the itty bitty little pieces and accessories that come with the Barbies. They get lost in 2 seconds and next thing you know the doll's been cast aside because all the bits that go with it have disappeared into the heating vents or sucked up in the vacuum. Or, you just step on their sharp little points and curse the day Barbie ever entered your life again.
    Second round, first love! Someone gave her a Barbie when she was six and she gave it to a friend. She said it was stupid how it didn't stand up on its own & it didn't even look like a real person. (Yay!!!) Suddenly now, she loves them & bought two of them with allowance money. At least Barbie and Barbriella both still have their heads. My sister would pluck the heads off all her Barbies & play with the bodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    How do you shop a whole year ahead? How do you know what your kids will want? Or what size they will wear? Last December, I'd never dream that my skinny 7-year-old would be in a size 10 this year, or that she would decide she loves Barbies. And two of their grandparents send them things randomly through the year that they find on sales so there's a risk of duplicates. That actually happened last Christmas but it was soon enough that I could still return what I'd bought.
    I guess and hope for the best! Most of the stuff I get is predictable or for the adults. If I find my mom earrings I just get them and save them. I tend to leave the kid stuff to the last 6 months of the year so I have a clue. Or we watch to see what she is getting into. For example I did know this summer that she was getting into dollhouses so we started saving for the castle. Other things like lego are always pretty safe at this age. I don't shop for the teenagers till november though as they will want the newest things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    DH got him 2 DVDs ("The Neverending Story" and "The Goonies" and another book.
    Those are awesome movies! Good choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Is this your first time around with the Barbie love? Been there, and hopefully never will again. Or, is it a re-falling in love, so to speak? Know what I loathe about Barbie? Not the dolls themselves, though I'm not a huge fan either, it's the itty bitty little pieces and accessories that come with the Barbies. They get lost in 2 seconds and next thing you know the doll's been cast aside because all the bits that go with it have disappeared into the heating vents or sucked up in the vacuum. Or, you just step on their sharp little points and curse the day Barbie ever entered your life again.
    There is a spot on our mantle dubbed "the land of lost shoes". If you find a doll shoe in our house you put it there and hope that some day it's mate will join it.
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    We're ridiculous. I am totally going to cut back next year, but this year I went crazy. Next year there will be a stocking with underwear/socks/candy, one present from Santa and one big present from mom and dad. With all of the crap they get from everyone else, I think I'm just going to put the money in savings for him.

    Hopefully that is an area that has an abundance (ours has 5 years of toys in their warehouse) and she didn't keep a needy child from getting something.
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    I think either way is fine. Depends on the attitude the child has IMO, and how much one can afford. As a parent I shouldn't be risking my lifestyle to spoil a child. On the other hand if the child is grateful and well behaved and not spoiled nor entitled and I have the money to, I see nothing wrong with spending a TON on birthdays and Christmas or just because presents. One has to watch out for the risks though.

    For me, we do a few presents at each, I have the kiddos write up a wishlist and we always have it on the fridge, so when I am out or online and I see things at garagesales or on sale, I pick them up and put them in the cupboard. I do not get them everything on their list (on purpose), and I get them a few things not on their list (things they may not have thought of, or that they need).

    My biggest issue when I was a child was never getting anything on my list, and my father would spend a bunch of money and tons of presents on things I didn't even want. That was upsetting, and so I try very hard not to do that. My youngest son (age 9) said his favorite gift was a couple cookbooks.. they were not on his list, I got them for $1 each and they are going to be used to create baked goods for fair. My oldest really wanted star wars legos, well someone was selling 5 sets for $15 in October so I got them used, put them in ziplock bags and he was in heaven.. We also got the boys bows for Christmas as they joined up with the 4-H archery team. Other than books and the bows, we got them some legos, and a few smaller toys.. Their large present that they have to share was an amazing Snap Circuit electronic set, that we are going to use for School, but have been using it a lot building all kinds of things.. We spend about $100-$150 I would guess on them each every Christmas, this one was a light Christmas and I was able to find used, and we do often have to pay shipping, as we are rural and don't live by a walmart for example. Last year we got them bikes, and that hit our top end. One year we wanted to get the kids a ride on tractor, and had my parents pitch in for their christmas and were able to buy it for them.

    I know one wonderful family only gets each child 3 presents for Christmas... 1 Practical, 1 Fun, and 1 Book. They get pretty $$ ones sometimes, like her oldest got a Kindle. But both children are very happy with it, and have no issues.. they are actually two of the most well behaved children I know. I do not think it is ok to "one up" friends and what they do with their children. I think Less most often times is more in terms of, helping build character in your child.
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