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Plea for help

A bit of a cheek I know but perhaps if we share ideas it might help.
I need some inspiration as I am brain dead at the moment.
I am seeking Christmas present ideas for my three granddaughters aged 11, 9 and 6.
And what are you giving the men in your life? Or the women come to that?

Posted at 7th Dec 2007 - 09:32AM   Posted by Cait   Plea for help Comments: 11

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Oh I am hopeless, send most of the family french wine now far easier! Girls hmm my nieces were are all very arty so sketch pads and good pencils , I hate drawing on poor quality paper, or a DVD ? Books are alwasy great or depending on their or your economic sitauion money! My mother always gave the chidlren a small present and some cash to spend on what ever they wanted which they loved as they could happily spend hours just dreaming about what to spend it on!! Especailly appreciated if it came in a little purse or bag!!

How about makling home made hampers for the women I used to fill mine with home made preserves etc or local products like hadn made soap and essential oils.

Hope this helps!

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 7th Dec 2007 at 10:18AM

Milla's Avatar what about jewellery. Or I gave to 2 11 year olds recently strings of fluffy pink lights from Sainsburys, which they professed to love. Or trivial pursuit have brought out little bite size questions which my boys love - can carry around and play in the car. Or books, can't have too many books. Little bags (never too young to get a bag habit)

Posted by: Milla on 7th Dec 2007 at 10:22AM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar H is getting a yearly subscription to Amazon's online dvd library, where he'll (hopefully - if it works) get to choose up to 4 dvds a month to borrow for the year. I think it's great value (something like a fiver a month) and I get to enjoy it too!

Boy has very specific lego requirements which involve sitting up into the small hours poring over eBay auctions because the set he wants is out of production. (Just to show you what a dedicated mother I really am...)

As for girls, I have no idea, although UPL's art-related items sound like a very good idea to me.

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 7th Dec 2007 at 11:30AM

All the girls in that age bracket seem to be mad about HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL or BRATZ-I have bought my nieces DVD/CD of music etc and one of them a Bratz, girls world type head (monstrous thing, but she will love it!)
But these 2 are the crazes for this year and I don't know any of my friends children/nieces/school kiddies that are not mad about them!

For my 11 year old niece I have bought her a pink flowery vanity case and filled it with goodies such as lip gloss, impulse spray and handmade soaps etc. They always think they are growing up at that age but I hate to see them made old before their time!

This will be the first year ever that I haven't bought my hubby anything for Christmas as we have justed decided to go for a break to the French Alps between Christmas and New year instead of giving each other presents etc.
I think I may create him a box of little goodies with some of his favourites bits in and some 'written promises'-I promise to clean the paint off that I get on the island when I am crafting...etc

Most men I know are top gear mad this year-friends husband we have bought subscription for the magazine. Several calendars or books. I do really struggle with mens gifts and like to create my own hampers with foodie gifts or gardening gifts etc.

If you get really stuck for someone or a family where if you bought them each something it would be very expensive, I would buy a gift bag, fill it with packet popcorn, sweets and cinema or pantomime vouchers! This has been gratefully appreciated by several friends in the past!

Hope you get sorted

Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 7th Dec 2007 at 11:38AM

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I have 13 nieces and nephews ranging from 7 to 20 years old and I usually end up giving them money cunningly disguised as something else as it's so difficult to find something for each of them at a sensible price, unless I have been given a specific hint; notes in a purse or wallet, £1 and £2 coins mixed in with a mass of chocolate coins in a pretty box; this year it was notes wrapped around a Lindt reindeer's tummy, wrapped in tissue and popped inside a silver fabric favours bag that could be hung on their Christmas trees, decorated with stars, a snowflake and a jingle bell (all from Tesco).

Agree totally with Milla about girls and handbags though, that always seems to be a success.

Posted by: ZoŽ on 7th Dec 2007 at 11:55AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Totally agree about little girls and bags - mine have been bag mad since birth!
I find men impossible to buy for. I bought my brother-in-law a load of interesting seeds (he's a keen gardener) - borlotti beans, purple French beans, yellow courgettes, and a brocolli called Rudolph (as it's Christmas). I've done this before theming the varieties around family names/places etc. Pack them in a tin, plant pot or enamel mug. Add things like labels and string, then gift wrap.
I've bought my mother (who is 69) a trampoline. Shocked

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 7th Dec 2007 at 12:29PM

Faith's Avatar I don't have a problem buying things for girls or women. Things spring out of the shelves at me - I could buy and buy. You are so lucky Cait, having grand-daughters of that age. The only little girls I have to buy for at the moment are great-nieces, one aged 4 and one aged 5. One is adorable with blonde curls, and the other is adorable with long silky chocolate brown hair. The 5 year old I bought a nurses outfit - lots of dressing up clothes for reasonable prices in Sainsburys. The 4 year old I bought a book about drawing mermaids, a tiny mermaid doll and some pencils with fluffy tops.

Men are always totally difficult and boring to buy for. Hub3 gets a main present of some tool or thing he wants and I pay for, and then I get lots of 'silly bits' like books from the charity shop, nice foodie items, a warm scarf, and a tin of Brasso with some dusters (for his steam engine).

Posted by: Faith on 7th Dec 2007 at 04:28PM

Westerwitch's Avatar WHAT . . .is it that close to Xmas . . .good grief . . . . rushes off

Posted by: Westerwitch on 7th Dec 2007 at 04:31PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Apparently those long tasselly scarves that were in fashion back in the late seventies/eighties are all the rage again. I'm getting Adrian an iPod (THANKS ZOE!!!)......actually he's easy to buy for - as normally it's books all the way....old ones, new ones...or CDs....

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 7th Dec 2007 at 08:44PM

Elizabethd's Avatar I sent mine bags from Pipany, she makes lovely child sized ones.

Posted by: Elizabethd on 8th Dec 2007 at 12:09PM

KittyB's Avatar Pipany's bags are a good idea - and you could pop inside them a Do You Doodle book. There are quite a few designs, look on Amazon, and a very girly one called Beautiful Doodles. I have bought them for godchildren and small friends this Christmas - I think they'd be suitable for all the ages, maybe with some nice Crayola gel pens, felt-tips or crayons to go with.

Posted by: KittyB on 8th Dec 2007 at 06:41PM

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