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November 23rd, 2010, 08:10 AM
Momtothe6thpower's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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a gift that is below their age range but they really want it, do you still get it even though your afraid it won't really hold their attention long?

What if the gift is above their age range? Do you get it or not?

(Sorry for all the gift questions today ladies, it's what is on my mind lately.)
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November 23rd, 2010, 08:27 AM
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Yes and it depends.
My ds asked for something last year that was below his age range, but it was the only thing he asked for. I got it for him and some other things I thought he'd like more. Surprisingly, although he doesn't play with it, the thing he wanted sits proudly on his shelf while his other toys are all broken now.
If they want something that is above their age range, it depends on if I think they are mature enough for it or not. I usually try to get them interested in something else instead but my dd asked for something for 3yrs in a row and finally I just bought it figuring she'd grow into it. She has.

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November 23rd, 2010, 09:42 AM
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I have a hard time saying yes to things below the age range because it ends up in the donation box a lot sooner than I'd like. Especially with girls things because I only have one dd.

One of the things on Nolan's (5) list this year is borderline so Santa is bringing for Martin (1) since he's too young to care what he gets. That's a perk of having many siblings!

I don't mind buying above age range.
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November 23rd, 2010, 10:14 AM
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I stick to the age range right now

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November 23rd, 2010, 10:22 AM
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We stick pretty close to the age range, but I do have three girls of varying ages so if one wants some they all tend to want it. So if it is below one then it goes to one of the younger ones. If it is above their age range then it really depends on what it is.
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November 23rd, 2010, 10:35 AM
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I don't typically buy something less than their age range. When it comes to getting things older than their age range, if they are capable of understanding it.

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November 23rd, 2010, 04:29 PM
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I never used to buy things less than their age range, specifically when my first was little. But now I realize that I cannot complain that kids are being pushed to grow up too fast and simultaneously not buy them gifts because the recommend age is younger than them.

My daughter is eleven and is asking for a handful of things that are under her age range and I am excited about it!! I will cherish every minute of this before it is gone and not add myself to the list of people forcing her to grow too fast.

As for too old... it depends on if I find it appropriate or not. I still won't let her get a cell phone so I am obviously a stick in the mud

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