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05:12 pm - good deals/children's gifts
I really love finding good deals on things. $9 for a tub of Duplos for Rowan's birthday--would have been $25 new. $4 for a Christmas gift for a friend's daughter--would have been $15 new. A couple of board-book editions, in perfect shape, of three books we have out of the library right now, $2 apiece. I'm going to put those away for Rowan's birthday, too.

I have a question. I have a friend (who is not on Livejournal) who has two daughters. Because there are two of them, and because their grandmother/nanny used to teach preschool, and because their mom has an eye for good deals, they have way too many toys. And books. And magazine subscriptions. Basically, anything I could think of to get them, for any reason. I usually skip their birthdays, but I like sending a Christmas package every year. But I'm running out of ideas. Most recently, I've given books, but when I visited them this spring, even their books were taking over the house. Any suggestions?

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From:stinklefritz
Date:July 14th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
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donations to charities/organizations in their name!

A friend of mine supplied a school class in Ghana for me once and it was really special to receive a notice from the organization that it had been done.
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From:tesslouise
Date:July 14th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Ok, third try at this comment, my internet is cranky today.

That is a good idea, thank you!
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From:stinklefritz
Date:July 14th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
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It can be really cheap, it is meaningful, and a great way to teach younger kids about giving/sharing.
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From:letisca
Date:July 15th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
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or a one time pass to a museum, nature center, or zoo? Or even a gift certificate to go out for a treat (ice cream, frozen yogurt)

Just thinking of the advice to give experiences rather than things.

I also like the idea of making a contribution to a charity. Something like giving geese or chickens, fruit trees or bed nets in their names. Both world vision and heifer international do this well.

The gang of upper elementary and middle school kids at our church are always looking for fund raising opportunities to raise money and donate the money they raise to a cause like this. They've done quite a bit over the last few years and their stated goal for this year is to be able to donate a water buffalo.

http://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.204586/?msource=TH1J100025

http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?lpos=top_drp_WaysToGive_Gift+Catalog&go=gift&§ion=10389
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From:tesslouise
Date:July 15th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
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I could donate to Heifer International and get the girls two of those little Schleich plastic calves from Target and write a card with a four-year-old-sized explanation.
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From:letisca
Date:July 15th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
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that sounds fun :)

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From:jubee33
Date:July 15th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
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Gift card for the movies, (there is a new pooh bear movie coming out), i do that for kids I know that have way too much stuff.
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From:tesslouise
Date:July 15th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
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That is a good idea, thank you!
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From:the_questess
Date:July 15th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
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Tickets to the children's museum.
Day passes to the fair (rides and/or exhibits).
A ride on a horse carriage or limo or something else fun like that.
Tickets to the Zoo.
A trip to the pool.
Tickets to some other children's attraction (we have a place that's full of trampolines!)
Etc.
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From:tesslouise
Date:July 15th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
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Thank you! I should have mentioned, this friend doesn't live here or in my hometown, so I'd have to ask her where she takes the girls for fun outings.
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From:the_questess
Date:July 15th, 2011 06:05 am (UTC)
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Or you could just send her the money and say she should use it to take them on an outing

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