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CardinalsFan
08-14-2007, 10:24 PM
I told my wife about the idea some of you on this board posted about bringing your own souvenirs in an extra suitcase, and then surprising the kids with them at opportune times. She especially likes the idea of having "Tinkerbell" visit the hotel room each night, leaving a special gift for each of them.

So, we're passively looking at the clearance section of the retail stores when we have the chance, looking for inexpensive bring-your-own souvenirs. We have two daughters, ages 7 and 4, and they're very much into Disney and especially Princesses.

So, my wife gets this catalog in the mail today, from "The Lakeside Collection." Inside are a few licensed Disney products, moderately priced for Disney, and I wanted to get your opinion on them.

These can be viewed at www dot lakeside dot com.

First, a complete princess doll set, with Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Belle, and Rapunzel, for $12.95:
http://images.lakeside.com/images/products/3/PDC_MN.jpg

Second, Ariel, Tinkerbell or Princess overnight bags, $7.95 each:
http://images.lakeside.com/images/products/3/OB9_ARI_ZM.jpg
http://images.lakeside.com/images/products/3/OB9_PRC_ZM.jpg
http://images.lakeside.com/images/products/3/OB9_TNK_ZM.jpg

Third, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, or Belle dress-up magnet sets, $4.95 each:
http://images.lakeside.com/images/products/3/DUN_CIN_ZM.jpg
http://images.lakeside.com/images/products/3/DUN_SLE_ZM.jpg
http://images.lakeside.com/images/products/3/DUN_BEL_ZM.jpg

And lastly, Disney Princess handheld game, $9.95 each:
http://images.lakeside.com/images/products/3/YXG_PRC_ZM.jpg

Are these good choices for bring-your-own souvenirs, instead of purchasing what I assume will be overpriced stuff in the parks? Especially if Tinkerbell "delivers" some each night?

I'm also combing eBay for:

mickey ears hats
autograph books
jackets/sweatshirts (we're going in December)


Let's use this thread to post other ideas for inexpensive bring-your-own souvenirs!

godalejunior
08-14-2007, 10:54 PM
Great ideas!!! Mickey visited our room everyday while we were at the parks. These are some of our gifts: Dollar Tree had disney color books for $1, also had glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces, etc. for $1. Found some Disney Nascar cars at KB Toys on clearance for $2. Swim trunks on clearance at disneyshopping.com for $7. Also a Cars flashlight or night light for a few bucks at Walmart. Disney character books at Walmart for $3.
We packed items that were small so they would not take up much room in suitcases.

Misskitty3
08-14-2007, 11:04 PM
Those are great ideas. I love the magnet dress up dolls.

Tinkerbell has been planning her gifts recently for my kids and so far "she" has gotten: Captain Jack figure from Target, MHT tickets and glow necklaces.

As for the Mickey ears, I would totally buy those at the park for under $10 bucks it is a really fun thing to go pick out the exact ears you want and then watch them get embroidered. They have so many choices you could easily spend 30 minutes or more just on that alone.

CardinalsFan
08-14-2007, 11:23 PM
Wow, Mickey Ears hats cost less than $10 in the parks? Rats. I thought I did great by getting a Tinkerbell one on eBay for $8.45. Lesson learned. Glad I asked! I won't bother searching for a matching one now for my other daughter.

zakasmom
08-14-2007, 11:25 PM
We are leaving Friday and my kids ds 5 and dd 2 will also be getting presents from Tinkerbell. Actually we have a long drive and her first gift will be given at home and it is the Color wonder sets from Crayola (A Cars and a princess theme), Then upon arrival I have gift baskets that I have made and will sneak into the hotel room before they see, in ds is a Cars wallet with $10 in disney dollars, a Cars watch, coloring book, crayons, new pajamas for the trip, misc candy, erasers and stickers bought at the dollar store, and a Cars magna doodle. In DD (remember she is just 2) a wallet also with $10 disney dollers, pajamas, stickers, a foam tiara which I painted her name on it, a pink stuffed Minnie and some small disney fake jewelry. The gifts that will be brought to their room are a disposable camera for ds, a "wristlet/leash" thing so I can keep dd close, a large sports bottle (1 Cars/1princess) - Target $1 a little tupperware set each themed Cars/princess -Target $1, Fleece pillows, Okay I think that is is, oh and i also painted some suncatchers (Mickey/Minnie) to put in their car windows. Okay eys my husband thinks I went way overboard, but i have had so much fun!

Jenn

trekkie2
08-14-2007, 11:37 PM
what about ideas for older kids, My daughter would love disney surprises but she is 16 and I would love to have ideas for older kids.

CardinalsFan
08-14-2007, 11:41 PM
what about ideas for older kids, My daughter would love disney surprises but she is 16 and I would love to have ideas for older kids.

High School Musical stuff?

Or maybe car accessories, like seatcovers and steering wheel cover? I saw those on lakeside dot com as well, with Tinkerbell, Mickey, and Pooh as options.

PrincessSitka
08-14-2007, 11:52 PM
I love the bags and the price is write. I just tried to get a catalog but they wont send items to Alaska.

AmericanItGirl
08-14-2007, 11:56 PM
what about ideas for older kids, My daughter would love disney surprises but she is 16 and I would love to have ideas for older kids.

School supplies. Hot Topic also has a lot of Tinkerbell and other Disney stuff geared towards teenagers.

BearsBabe
08-15-2007, 10:47 AM
Keep your eyes open at your local Target, they often have some Disney things in the 'One Spot' where everything is a dollar. This past weekend I bought a Jack Sparrow notebook and a matching fat pen on a lanyard to use as an autograph book next month, total cost $2. Last Christmas I found a bunch of old school type Mickey stuff, like juice glasses, stickers, various containers, etc. and have also gotten princess stuff from there.

DangerMouse
08-15-2007, 10:53 AM
Since when is Repunzel a Disnney Princess???? :eek:

Call me a Disney snob, but I won't buy a disney princess doll unless it is from Disneyland or the Disney Store (often found on clearance there). They just don't look authentic from other sources -- even if they are "licensed by Disney."

Misskitty3
08-15-2007, 11:07 AM
Wow, Mickey Ears hats cost less than $10 in the parks? Rats. I thought I did great by getting a Tinkerbell one on eBay for $8.45. Lesson learned. Glad I asked! I won't bother searching for a matching one now for my other daughter.

I just checked my daughters ears that we bought last November and the price tag say $8.50. She has the standard ears but with a pink hat instead of the all black.

stampinshauna
08-15-2007, 11:14 AM
You may want to also check out disneyshopping.com. If you go to the outlet part (disneyoutlet.com) you can often get great deals on official Disney merchandise. We ordered t-shirts for the whole family last year for under $4 each.

JenDisneylandlver
08-15-2007, 11:28 AM
Part of the fun of being there is getting souvenirs from the parks! To me it's just not the same if I bought them before hand.

I have however bought cartoons/movies that were Disney for the car ride down. I also will buy something for in the car to play with that is new. Used to be a small toy, this last trip we bought him the Pirates DS video game so he could download the extras at DL. Makes the car ride easier when they have something new to entertain them! But the rest of it has to be bought there, wouldn't be fun or memorable for us otherwise!

Husker Mickey
08-15-2007, 12:34 PM
Great ideas!!! Would you adopt me? :rotfl2: (Just kidding) Your girls will love that Tinkerbell visited each night. How magical!!!: pixiedust: Have a great time!!!

pixiewings71
08-15-2007, 02:23 PM
We did a Tink visit as well, I found some things in the Dollar Spot at our Michael's and grabbed those for them.

Just an FYI, Lakeside takes forEVER to ship.....seriously, it has taken me months to get stuff from them. I'm going to visit the website this week to order for Christmas...if I'm lucky it will get here in time. LOL the last time I ordered from them it took me 6 weeks to get my products.

annieb727
08-15-2007, 02:34 PM
I like this idea! My boys always want STUFF when we go...but if we have little things that Mickey brings - when they ask...we can say, "well, let's see if Mickey brings anything tonight first"

Was looking at some of the stuff they have on that lakeside website...some cute cars stuff.

annieb727
08-15-2007, 02:35 PM
We did a Tink visit as well, I found some things in the Dollar Spot at our Michael's and grabbed those for them.

Just an FYI, Lakeside takes forEVER to ship.....seriously, it has taken me months to get stuff from them. I'm going to visit the website this week to order for Christmas...if I'm lucky it will get here in time. LOL the last time I ordered from them it took me 6 weeks to get my products.

Wow...that's really good to know...I was thinking of ordering a few things...but we leave in just under a month.

annieb727
08-15-2007, 02:38 PM
Anyone know how long the disneyshopping website takes for it's shipping?

pixiewings71
08-15-2007, 03:04 PM
Disney shopping ships pretty quickly. Within a couple of days.

godalejunior
08-15-2007, 03:55 PM
I just got back from Dollar Tree and they had a ton of Disney princess stuff. School supplies, miniature dolls, books. Picked up two really cute Jack and the Beanstalk books with Mickey and Friends as the characters and a Disney Alice and Wonderland book. I am going to stuff them away for our trip in Jan. Not sure what you stores you have in your neck of the woods but check out Dollar Tree if you have one.

minniebeth
08-15-2007, 06:39 PM
A lot of grocery and other stores carry Disney themed snacks. I've seen Disney fruit snacks, m&ms, pretzels, cookies and the like all individually packaged. This might be something you can use while you are there in your room or at the parks for a snack.
Of course, the parks/resorts have ADORABLE individually packed snacks as well....

vanillasoftserve
08-15-2007, 07:03 PM
what about ideas for older kids, My daughter would love disney surprises but she is 16 and I would love to have ideas for older kids.

You could get her disney gift certificates. I've also seen Disney ipod "skins" that you put on ipods to protect them. If she's into pins, there are some cheap ones on ebay. If she has crocs, you could buy her Disney Jibbitz http://www2.jibbitz.com/ You could get her some disney stickers, papers, supplies, those little towels that expand, disney stationary, etc. Hope that helps :)

RuthieT
08-15-2007, 09:07 PM
for our trip in December we have so far bought special PJ's, a new princess doll to play with on the airplane and princess crayons and coloring book. We will do the every night tinker bell leaves something little, I am sure my daughter will enjoy it.

Leofoenget
08-15-2007, 09:15 PM
OH I always bring stuff with me. I shop thrift stores and I have gotten: Fleese Hoodies with the "gang" sweatshirts, T shirts, Hats, toys. I go to 99c only and get Disney candy, activity books, glow sticks pens etc. TRUST ME little kids do not care as long as they get goodies where they are bought. The glow sticks really went over huge while waiting for Fantasmic. I just can NOT bring my self to pay full price for Disney "junk" when I know I can get it for next to nothing. Fleese hoodies for $4.99 instead of $49.99!!!!!!

grumpy's fan
08-15-2007, 09:51 PM
When we visit Disney Tinkerbell also leaves a present for my daughter (6yr) in the room - while we unload the rental car she searches the room for her hidden gift in a purple sack (of course I've already run into the room and hidden it!). She loves getting her gift from Tink - its usually PJ's for this trip, disney dollars, some gum and small snacks for line waiting. Sometimes (when I have a chance before we go!) a Princess will leave her a note each morning detailing the main activity for the day (this is usually printed with script font on parchment paper and then sealed with wax). For example, Ariel might leave a fun note that she can't wait to see her at dinner tonight etc. The princesses slide it under the door each night for her to find every morning. I don't do it every trip as it wouldn't be "special" for her.

Quest4Kingdom
08-15-2007, 10:22 PM
A lot of grocery and other stores carry Disney themed snacks. I've seen Disney fruit snacks, m&ms, pretzels, cookies and the like all individually packaged. This might be something you can use while you are there in your room or at the parks for a snack.
Of course, the parks/resorts have ADORABLE individually packed snacks as well....

Hey now, this is a fantastic idea about the snacks... i too am very picky about buying Disney items... though, i did find a really cute Tink pen at the dollar store, which I happen to also find at that shop by Tropicana for 5 dollars! I think it can be done by smart selective shopping though... Like some at the dollar store, some through authentic Disney, and those special ones at the park.
The dollar glow sticks were a disaster for us though, they have tiny parts that are choking hazard--- just a heads up for the lil' onez!

Wonderful thread for sharing these fun ideas of Tink visiting, and having little tricks and treats ready!
love it!:thumbsup2

lilpixie
08-17-2007, 04:26 PM
Sometimes the dollar section at Target has Disney princess notepads and pencils. I went to the dollar store for a b-day party for DD5 and they had a ton of stuff -- figures, jumpropes, balls, . . . all in the princess theme. I bet the Disney store has tons of stuff on clearance right now. I got my girls some tote bags from Disney store and they were like $3 each. I filled them with coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, and drawing paper. You can throw in stickers and snacks - all in disney themes! They loved these bags and it kept them busy on the airplane. You can look for crowns and jewelery to leave as Tinkerbell gifts at the hotel. I think on our next trip I am going to buy princess jammies and wrap them up and leave those at the hotel so they can open them and wear them to bed the first night we are there.
Have fun :wizard:

drag n' fly
08-17-2007, 05:14 PM
One neat thing we found at the dollar store is the glow sticks. They are expensive in the park but cheap at the dollar store. We found ones that you wear on your head and they have Mickey Mouse Ears on top that all glow in the dark. Dollar stores are always great finds for Disney stuff.

NannyPooh
08-18-2007, 12:54 AM
I love the *bargain-minded* people here! My motto is "It's not how much you spend...it's how much you save!". :rolleyes1
Having said that - we spend our early days in the parks and stores *just looking*, and then I let my boys (11 & 7) choose a couple of gifts at the end of the trip. We usually all get a sweatshirt also! I use the Disney Visa, and get a certain percentage off of any purchase over $50.00. Works well enough!
I loved the Disney Princess magnets! I will have to write down that website, and get those for my neice (5) for Christmas! She just had her first trip to DL this past April!

mystic_path
08-18-2007, 09:34 AM
That site is awesome. Fantastic prices. Looks like they only ship to the US though :confused3

I like going to Walmart or Target for souviners such as T-shirts to wear in the park. You can get those under $10, and I usually get compliments as to "Where did you get that shirt". Those stores also carry loads of Disney Toys and such at a cheaper deal. I've seen childrens backpacks, fanny packs, jewelry, clothing, key chains, hats etc.

heatherleigh
08-18-2007, 11:05 AM
I love the glowstick idea! Those are usually very expensive to purchase at events. I will have to look for some before we go in October.

squirrel
08-18-2007, 02:23 PM
I found Minnie and a Dalmation magnetic light up that you can wear at a Dollar Store.

I also bought a Drink Cup with Straw filled with arts and craft ideas at Michael's a while ago. It does not require any glue and it was $1.50. There were about 5 different colors and each had different activities to make.

At a different Dollar Store I found small coloring books each with a different Disney Character: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy and Pluto. In the middle of each book is two pages of stickers-each book has different stickers.

I also made up an I Spy Bottle: empty water bottle, rice and lots of small items (penny, confetti, pom pom, dice, bell, eraser, paper clip, button, etc). I alternate the rice and items so they are distributed in the bottle-do not fill all the way to the top, as you will not be able to find all the objects! Hot glue the lid.

CardinalsFan
08-23-2007, 11:31 PM
Last night I bought two DLR YOAMD Mickey Ears hats for Tinkerbell to deliver to my girls on the very last night of our stay in December.

Assuming they don't get "dreamed" with hats by a CM in the parks, Tink will do the dreaming (while my girls are dreaming:cloud9:).

And I can take the hats somewhere locally to have their names embroidered on them, before the trip.

Whadd'ya think? Sacrilege? Or good idea?

joeysmommy
08-24-2007, 01:25 AM
Last year I bought "Tinkerbell" gifts for my sons (3 and 5) and was so tired I forgot to put them out the first night. I intended to leave a little something out each night, but I just put it all out the second night.

They each received:

New Cars pjs (disneyshopping.com)

Winnie the Pooh journal book and Cars light up pen (One Dollar Spot at Target)

Little halloween flashlights (Oriental trading)These were great for trick or treating too. Awesome for a frightened 3 yr old on dark rides!

Glow stick bracelets

Disney stickers

New Mickey baseball jersey shirts

Cars toothbrushes and toothpaste.

I told them tink and the tooth fairy were cousins.

This year I plan on doing the same, I bought some Stitch pins on ebay and Buzz Lightyear shirts(ebay).
I was showing my SIL some Mickey pins I bought on ebay and they saw them so now I'll just give it to them those pins before we leave.
Also I'll get them some disposable cameras...they love those.

We stopped at the Vacaville Disney Outlet last week and they already got new Stitch DL sweatshirts and 99 cent lanyards.

Since I've splurged a little already they won't be getting as much from Tink this year.

But I'll still be on the lookout at Target, Disney Store, Dollar Store and disneyshopping.com becuz I'm an addict.

joeysmommy
08-24-2007, 01:28 AM
OOH!
One more thing.

I bring my sons' light up toys with us.. you know the ones you can buy at Disney Store for about $10 that spin and light up?

They charge about $20 at DL and once they see another kid with one they REALLY want one, then I pull theirs out of my backpack and they are fine.

My Mom was teasing me for bringing them to Disney on Ice a few months ago, but when she realized it would have cost her $40 she thought it was a great idea.

godalejunior
08-24-2007, 03:49 AM
That's right..................Tink and the tooth fairy are cousins...........I like it!!!