Christmas gifts...I need ideas!

Sarah - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 7 year old daughter doesn't play with her toys. She would rather "play act". She likes to imagine that she is influential people in her life and "play" them. She has got a trunk full of dress up clothes and accesories already. She has a small stage in her room with a karoake machine and all. She has a blackboard painted on her wall with plenty of school items to play school with. We have run out of ideas on what to get her for Christmas that she will truly enjoy and get excited about. Any ideas?

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Nilse - posted on 11/22/2009

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Yeap, look like you have a real issue, and I guess you encourage her all this time with all she already have, so I agree with Lot of book, but if she like to play out and karaoke, and if you think she have a talent, why not a musical instrument, like an acoustic guitar, or a keyboard and sign her up for lessons, kids loves music and could be the beginning to something beautiful and real, my 7 years nightmare, is the show in the house and very hiperactive, always inventing lyrics and acting characters, and this month started piano lessons and he is trilled , there are some excellent computer educational-fun programs for around kids, if you want to invest in something, make it funny-educational, for both of you, , but be wise dont spend a lot of money in crazy ideas, sometimes we are responsible for what our kids do or dream, she is only 7, you dont want to create diva..............

Angie - posted on 11/21/2009

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Books, books, books........ She can learn about other people and then act out their lives. I know she already has dress up clothes but an inexpensive way to get more is to go to Goodwill. I bought my girls each a vintage suitcase and decorated it and then filled it with dress up clothes. Best $20 I ever spent!!! I also think Kim's idea of a family newsletter is awesome and will be a huge help with her writing skilles.....

Kim - posted on 11/21/2009

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If you're not on a small budget and don't have issues with a few expensive gifts try one of those digital cameras designed for kids so she can pretend to be a photographer. You could get her and easy bake oven, if it's safe that is (not sure of the age requirements), that way she can play a chef. Even a plastic kitchen set with play-doh designed to look like food would do. Of a doctor kit. You could order one out of a Lillian Vernon catalog that can be personalized with a doctors coat. Or an eisel with art supplies to be a famous artist. There's also some kind of electronic system that you hook up to your t.v. so kids can do kareokee and see themselves on the t.v. Or get her some journals and notepads that flip open from the top so she can pretend to be a writer or newsperson. In fact you could help her to start her own magazine, newpaper, or family newsletter. Then she could improve her writing skills as well as her awareness of things around her and keep the family updated on things she feels are important.

Shemel - posted on 11/06/2009

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I just bought my 8 year old a globe. I also got her these games that ask questions about the planetarium and around the world. The games are by interactive. I purchased them from Dollar General and the globe is from Toys R" Us

Carol - posted on 11/06/2009

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How about tickets to a real play? The high schools and colleges are the cheapest bet. We just started giving our 6 year old some money to spend as he sees fit for his birthday and will probably do the same for Christmas. Not everything though or Christmas morning would be no fun. We also donate a few boxes of toys every Christmas and birthday and visit and participate in a local Heifer International farm at least once a year. Finding charities that are kid friendly could help her be an influencial person.



Good luck - I can't believe it's only a few weeks away!

Paula - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hmmm...well maybe you could get her things that you can do with her. Like a cook book with an apron and some cooking/baking supplies and bake/cook with her and teach her how to to cook/bake. Maybe even let her make some meals. If she really likes it, or you think she will, you can get her a three ring binder with dividers and notebook paper and let her make her own cookbook of things she can make and likes. They also have children's digital camaras that she can take pics with and are very durable. This way she can take pics of the influential people in her life that she knows in real life, maybe make a callage or something of the pics that she takes, or scrape book with her as she uses her pics she took. There's books and art supplies as well. Maybe even get matching clothes or assecories so she can match you or someone else she looks up to since she likes to pretend to be those important people. I'll let you know if I come up with anything else...

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