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Girls are easy, but what do boys want?

 
 
ebrown p
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 12:21 pm
Did anyone else click on this thread, based on the title, and expect a conversation on a completely different topic?
Green Witch
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 12:25 pm
@ebrown p,
Quote:
Did anyone else click on this thread, based on the title, and expect a conversation on a completely different topic?


Whatever were you thinking, Mr. ebrown? I think it's very straight forward.

All good suggestions folks and one of them will probably be the solution.
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squinney
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 12:27 pm
@Linkat,
Linkat wrote:

Little girls, what else?


Girls are easy, but what do boys want?

I was gonna say girls that are easy, but then I saw the age group being referenced... Great minds thinking alike, again. Very Happy
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 04:17 pm
@squinney,
{chuckle}

Okay, serious.

It's a little early for sports stuff though a basic ball is probably fine. Building and auto type stuff is good. Dinos are good. Something to do with bugs might be good but be careful of small parts. I think we got our younger nephew something very Transformer-esque when he turned 3, might've been when he turned 4. Legos -- they make 'em big for small children so that they're not a choking hazard.
TilleyWink
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 05:33 pm
@jespah,

Give them something to build. There are lots of fun things most art museum catalogs such as the Nation Gallery of Art and the Met.
http://www.metmuseum.org/store/st_category_browser.asp/categoryID/%7BE257A608-EDD5-11D2-9C16-00104B6AC573%7D/FromPage/catForKids
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nimh
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 06:17 pm
@dagmaraka,
See I'm like the opposite. I'm the uncle who loves getting 'em something uneducationamal and fun - I mean, hell, someone's gotta! I got my older nephew a wooden sword and shield, with some kinda Hungarian national arms on the shield. He is loving it.
msolga
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 06:25 pm
@nimh,
I'll bet they'd LOVE a couple of drum kits!
Betcha their parents & their neighbours wouldn't, though ....
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 10:49 pm
@roger,
Quote:
If they don't have television, please don't "help" them.

Explain Y not ?
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 10:54 pm
@Bi-Polar Bear,
Quote:

builder stuff... fisher price tool sets and tool belts....
basic building kits they can put together and take apart.

I 've had boys (several different ones)
tell me that thay LOVE Leggos
(whatever the hell thay r). I 've just given them cash
n best wishes for good luck. Cash has a certain versatility to it.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 11:01 pm
@Green Witch,
Quote:

I only thought of the gift certificate because at such a young age
I believe the child would not notice one less gift and the parents
bought a house last year. I did give them house gift, but I thought
they might be more in need of a little extra than the child.

Then give them more house gifts,
but it 'd be galling to the kid, for him to know
that it was rendered at the expense of his birthday;
that he got screwed out of a birthday present, for a vacuum cleaner.
(That 'd approach near sadism for his birthday.)
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 07:38 am
@msolga,
Yeah - my brother came my 6 year old daughter a battery powered megaphone. Like she needs something to make her louder. I told her she could bring it over his house next time he watches her.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 08:09 am
@Linkat,
Blocks, yeah... sozlet loved 'em at that age (I know, she's a girl, but she'd build stuff and then smash it with her best friend at the time who was a boy and he loved 'em too):

http://trus.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pTRU1-2883584dt.jpg
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Tue 14 Oct, 2008 08:19 am
I am late to the party. How well do you know the kid? I ask because some boys can like unconventional things. My nephew, for example, is in love with Dora so I got him a Dora doll once and he was happy as pie. But, like all little kids, he also loves trains. You can go with Thomas the Tank Engine or you can find a generic wooden train set that is compatible with both Thomas and Brio. They are much more affordable and if he takes to it the parents can add on with the name brands later.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Wed 15 Oct, 2008 05:36 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
Quote:
Then give them more house gifts,
but it 'd be galling to the kid, for him to know
that it was rendered at the expense of his birthday...


David, he is just turning two. I doubt he will take stock of who gives him what. Besides, there will be a bunch of people there shoving gifts his way - one more or less would not be noticed.

I agree, Freeduck, that the toy often depends on the child. I have only seen this boy once before when he was 8 months old. His mother describes him as "all boy" and grumbles that he is always smashing things and climbing up on the furniture. I have a niece who loved playing with Tonka trucks and would push them all around the garden. She did sometimes load the dumper with flowers and pretended to be doing wedding deliveries, so I guess her inner boy made peace with her outer girl.

I found him a chunky handmade wooden train set with a bunch of attaching cars. His mom is really into handmade wooden things. I assume the fact that it moves, and the additional cars can be loaded up with stuff and pulled around, will keep him interested. I'll find out next week at the clan gathering.
mismi
 
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Reply Wed 15 Oct, 2008 07:39 pm
@Green Witch,
That sounds great Green Witch - I am sure he will love it. My boys had those too. They still play with them
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 08:09 am
@Green Witch,
Quote:

David, he is just turning two. I doubt he will take stock of who
gives him what. Besides, there will be a bunch of people there
shoving gifts his way - one more or less would not be noticed.

Agreed,
but in later years, if he discovers the gift, it will not gall him,
if u applied a different label to it; something that does not
refer to his birthday, so that it did not amount to an extorted
gift from him, in which he had no say.

Future hurt feelings can be avoided
simply by calling the gift something else,
or calling it nothing, so long as his birthday is not implicated.





David
Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:09 am
@OmSigDAVID,
the two year old won't remember and by time he is at an age where he may, most likely the toy will be destroyed, or too young for him.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:25 am
@Linkat,
Get him an airsoft pistol. He will love it. His parents will hate it, and you'll never get asked to shell out for a gift again. Perfect.

http://www.mfiap.com/airsoft/doc_glock17.jpg
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:35 am
@cjhsa,
Quote:

Get him an airsoft pistol.

How much do thay jam ?
Will he be better off with an air soft revolver ?
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 16 Oct, 2008 11:41 am
@Linkat,
Quote:

the two year old won't remember and by time he is at an age where he may,
most likely the toy will be destroyed, or too young for him.

U r confused.
The concept is NOT to give him any toy,
but rather to give his parents a "housegift"
(I doubt that means the gift of a house)
and the expressed reason for the gift is the kid's birthday.
 

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