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#1248839 - 09/11/09 04:37 PM Birthday present help!!!
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First time parent of a (soon to be) 6 year old here.

She got invited to her first "friend-birthday-party" for a little 6 year old boy in her class. I don't know what boys are into?

What is an appropriate gift? Money? Toy? Jelly of the month club? Can I call the parents and ask? Is that rude?

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#1248849 - 09/11/09 04:42 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! QCL
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I would call, I think that is a good idea.

Not that you are looking for a wish list, but nothing wrong with getting a general idea what the kid might be into.

Are Lego's and Smurfs automatic winner's anymore?? confused

I was shopping for my nephew last night... so much garbage out there frown (as well as some mighty cool stuff that was a little jealous of laugh )
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#1248852 - 09/11/09 04:43 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! QCL
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Oooo!! Exciting!! Birthday parties are fun at that age. Little boys always love Legos. Or Hot Wheels. Or anything that makes noise. Or is sticky. Or smelly.

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#1248853 - 09/11/09 04:43 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! QCL
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Was there a "theme" invitation sent? You know, like Batman, Hulk, etc? That is usually a good indication of what the child likes. At least that's been the case for my "nephew!"

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#1248854 - 09/11/09 04:44 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! Lisa_Bates
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Originally Posted By: ~moo~
... Or anything that makes noise. Or is sticky. Or smelly.


The AG action figure with it's very own inflateable dolly? confused
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#1248859 - 09/11/09 04:46 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! #Just Jay
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My grandson is 7 and loves Star Wars stuff and legos.

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#1248860 - 09/11/09 04:46 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! #Just Jay
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It just so happens I have one of those . . . a 6 year old boy, I mean. Right now he is into anything Bakugon & Transformers. Those are pretty popular right now. Oh, and Ben 10 also.
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#1248861 - 09/11/09 04:46 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! #Just Jay
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Originally Posted By: Just Jay
Originally Posted By: ~moo~
... Or anything that makes noise. Or is sticky. Or smelly.


The AG action figure with it's very own inflateable dolly? confused


Viola! wink

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#1248863 - 09/11/09 04:47 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! Bones
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Originally Posted By: Bones
It just so happens I have one of those . . . a 6 year old boy, I mean. Right now he is into anything Bakugon & Transformers. Those are pretty popular right now.


I forgot about Bakugon!! That's the "in" toy right now...

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#1248866 - 09/11/09 04:47 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! #Just Jay
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Can you take your daughter along when you go gift shopping? She might have some ideas.

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#1248867 - 09/11/09 04:48 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! Lisa_Bates
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And can I ask, when did Lego's get so freakin' expensive???


Almost a better investment than gold...
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#1248875 - 09/11/09 04:51 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! hmdagal
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My 5 year old grandson is into GI Joe and Transformers although his birthday party next week will be a pirate theme with a scavenger hunt.
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#1248880 - 09/11/09 04:53 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! #Just Jay
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Originally Posted By: Just Jay
And can I ask, when did Lego's get so freakin' expensive???


Almost a better investment than gold...


You're not just whistling Dixie...they are CRAZY expensive!! And I think the kit things have gotten smaller...

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#1248891 - 09/11/09 05:02 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! Lisa_Bates
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Especially the Star Wars kits. I bought a couple for my grandson last Christmas and couldn't believe they would cost so much.

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#1248894 - 09/11/09 05:03 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! Lisa_Bates
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My son is retaining all of his booklets and original boxes, he told me he was going to sell them on ebay when he grows up...

Lips, legos were and are always a hit with little boys.
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#1248896 - 09/11/09 05:05 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! DeeQ
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Originally Posted By: QueenChop'dLiver
Can I call the parents and ask? Is that rude?

If you have to ask if it's ok to ask, I'd pass on that - you're just as likely to get "oh, you don't have to get anything" as good advice, anyway.

Can't go wrong with Legos. The Bear could probably give insight into whether he always talks about Star Wars, Transformers, etc. Since my wife is a teacher (and most of the kids' friends have siblings that she has taught or will teach) she tries to give gifts that are somewhat educational. One year we stocked up on some little interactive banks that count money as you "deposit" and "withdraw".
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#1248910 - 09/11/09 05:17 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! Bobby Boucher
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QCdL - it's been a while, but our youngest got a couple of ToysRUs gift cards. Then they can have the fun of picking out what they want.

Legos have always been expensive. What about K-Nex? They're fun but I don't know how expensive. I agree with the Matchbox/HotWheels. They have accessories and things to go with them.

If your daughter knows what he likes (Transformers/GI-Joe/etc), how about a tee shirt or sweat shirt. The boy's mom might help with that also. Don't be afraid to ask - especially with a girl giving to a boy.
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#1248921 - 09/11/09 05:31 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! Snow Bunny
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I have two boys who are a little past that age but they loved Hot Wheels type cars and Nerf footballs. I would advise getting something that won't damage the house or won't get the child in trouble when they want to play with it. There are also a lot of neat puzzles and books out there with markers (washable). You could do a theme present that would give the child everything to make a model or craft or build a car....paint a fuzzy poster, etc. I like gifts that encourage the imagination rather than those that just make noise....but maybe that is just me! grin
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#1248926 - 09/11/09 05:33 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! Snow Bunny
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Thanks all!!
I think that I'll go home at lunch and grab the invite so I can look at the front (duh! mental head slap!) and make a call.

The bear wanted to ask him in school today what he likes, but will probably forget, so it'll be good to call, I think.

This 'having a kid in school' thing is fun!

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#1248933 - 09/11/09 05:42 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! QCL
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I usually send my husband to the store and tell him to "find something he would have liked." It's worked so far (6 year old godson, 5 yr old nephew).
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#1248935 - 09/11/09 05:43 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! RR Becca
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That's cuz men never really grow up, now, do they? laugh
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#1248943 - 09/11/09 05:53 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! DeeQ
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Originally Posted By: BearFalseTeeth
That's cuz men never really grow up, now, do they? laugh


Exactly. grin
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#1248948 - 09/11/09 05:59 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! RR Becca
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I would call the parents to make sure that they are going to be home the day of the party! wink
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#1248950 - 09/11/09 06:00 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! A_G
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I think at age 6, that would be expected, AG.

Besides, you don't have children, why are you weighing in on this? whistle
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#1248956 - 09/11/09 06:05 PM Re: Birthday present help!!! DeeQ
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wishful thinking ...
My son who just turned 6 is into Bionicles by Legos. They are pretty cool. He is also into Bakugans, Transformers, and GI Joes.
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