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 Post subject: all ages kids gift recommendation thread
PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2016 2:59 pm 
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we have a first birthday thread and a holiday gift thread so i thought maybe i could start a all encompassing thread.

i need recommendations for a birthday gift for a 3 year old girl.
she likes pink, princesses, and horses (aka all the things i hate (except horses, horses are cool)).

i believe she has tons of art supplies. she has older girl cousins so i dont think they are lacking for anything.

my SIL had an awesome idea and is getting her a fairy garden. im not 100% sure what that is but it sounds perfect.

this is the same girl who has the lip gloss obsession so at target today i found two different Frozen themed kids "makeup" things. one is two things of lipgloss and a little pouch, the other is two colors of nail polish, a super sparkly nail file, and what i believe are some sticky glitter nail accessory thingies.

i saw a picture on FB recently of her getting a manicure so i know they let her wear nail polish.

for Xmas last year i already got her a little stuffed horse that came in a pink purse kind of shaped like a corral type thing. i have no idea if she even liked it but i feel like i already covered horses.

im completely stumped after that. books are great but im not sure what she likes as far as books go. i guess i coud try to find a horse book???

this shouldnt be so hard considering i have a 3 year old girl myself but my kid wants anything with dinosaurs on it and is happy as a clam then.

also she and her brother (who i think im all set with present wise) both have June birthdays and live in NC so anything water or pool related might be good. they live a mile from my in laws who have a pool

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Maybe a horse puzzle? We bought my niece (who was about 3.5 then) a similar style puzzle to this last xmas: http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Corr ... zzle+horse

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 Post subject: Re: all ages kids gift recommendation thread
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i think 48 pieces is way too much for a 3 year old but on that same page it showed a horse stamp set. that might be fun. i also saw a princess and horses book so that seems appropriate.

we have these little 12 piece melissa and doug puzzles that BP likes. we have a dino one and a sea animal one i wonder if they make a horse one.

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When I don't know what to give kids, temporary tattoos are usually a hit. There are all sorts of motives, so there should be some that are sufficiently pink and foofy if that's her taste. Butterflies maybe?

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I'm always pleased to receive things that my girls will grow into, so I wouldn't discount a puzzle you think is aimed at an older group, that being said, Westiegirl has 40+ piece puzzles she can do with just a small amount of direction [she's 3]

Puzzles, books, magnets or art supplies would be my choices when unsure what the child has/needs.


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I have my first children's birthday party in a couple of weeks. The kid will be 1. I was going to give a book but I have no idea which ones he has. How much am I supposed to spend? I would say his mom is my acquaintance...it's not like we're best buds. I have no idea what I'm doing. Help!

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I think a board book is perfect. You can't have too many books. And if he already has it, he now has a backup for when he inevitably destroys the first one. Or a copy for the car/diaper bag/grandma's house.

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Any good low-ish cost suggestions for a fifth birthday when I've got no idea of interests/hobbies?
If I can't think of anything else I'll try to find a book or two but I'm only really any good with 3 year olds and younger.


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Someone mentioned gel pens in another thread. I just gave some to my niece for her fifth, and she loved them. Not sure what price range you were thinking of, but packs were $10-25.

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Yeah, art supplies are a safe bet. I just gave a set of Faber Castell gel crayons as a birthday gift to a 5 year old I don't know very well. My daughter loves these crayons since they are so vivid compared to other crayons and markers.


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Also, for book ideas, I really love detailed picture books without words that tell many stories like the Mamoko series or the books by Rotraut Susanne Berner.

Not so good if you have no idea what they have though.


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Thanks! I'll have a look for gel pens/crayons when we pop out today :)


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sorry OWWW i have no fifth birthday ideas. i am like you and am good up to age 3 ;-)

lobster i think a book for an acquaintenance's kid is fine. i think just showing up with a small something is fine so i wouldnt spend too much.

my go to gift for 1 year olds is a pull toy.
i bought a hippo version of this one for a 1 year old bday party
http://www.amazon.com/Hape-Elephant-Wooden-Push-Pull/dp/B00COQZMGA/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1463692376&sr=8-2-fkmr1&keywords=hape+hippo+pull+toy

i liked it because of the whole in the middle so you can move it back and forth with your hand if the kid isnt walking yet (the kid i bought it for wasnt walking yet).
BP was 2 at the time and she basically commandeered the toy and i never gave it to the intended birthday boy (i had bought other things too) and she LOVED it and walks around in circles in our house with it. she will still play with it now

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Thanks for the advice!

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i forgot to add, if you wanted to do a book, i cant remember exactly what age but at some point around 1ish (i think 18ish months for BP?) lift the flap books all of a sudden become THE BEST THING EVER

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BabyPunk was invited to her first Princess Party (barf)
my friend's twins are turning three and i havent seen them in like 2 years because the last couple of years were a bit rough with BP so i kind of lost track of other peoples' kids.

so other than they are turning 3 and are into everything Disney Princess i have no idea what they like.

both parents are both parents families are all well off so i dont think there is anything in the world they actually need but any ideas for gifts?
i might look on amazon for good book ideas.

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What about scarfs? For dress up and dancing around with.

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oooh scarves are a really great recommendation. i bet i could find a bunch at a consignment type store too if i had left myself time to do it!

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