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Old 12-05-2012, 11:36 AM   #31
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I'm sooo excited to be able to tell someone about my ds's big present. He's getting to drive a nascar racecar for 8 laps around Richmond International Speedway. He is in auto tech at high school, has worked on a friend's pit crew this past summer and is crazy about cars. You have to be 18 and he turns 18 in Feb and the drive is in April. I also was able to get him a diecast car signed by one of his favorite drivers.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:01 PM   #32
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This year the kids' big gift is a laptop. They have to share because I wasn't buying 3. They will actually get it on Christmas Eve day though. Last year we got the kids a Wii with some games and we went out for breakfast and when we got home there was a note on the front door saying they had to go on a treasure hunt to find their treasure. So I left clues all over the house until they found the Wii. Well of course now they think every Christmas Eve Day they are getting a "big" gift to share and we will have a treasure hunt to find. DH got an unexpected bonus this year so we were able to buy them a laptop.

It is also DD's birthday so she gets her Birthday gifts, we go out for breakfast, and then they will do treasure hunt to find laptop.

On Christmas morning their big gifts are DS11 NHL Hockey Jersey, DD Kindle Fire HD, DS13 Art Desk with all of the supplies. He loves to draw but wanted real stuff not crayola. DH will be surprised because I got him everything on his list this year due to sales.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:04 PM   #33
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DS - 12 ~ A *refurbed - straight from Apple.com* 32GB 4th Gen iPod touch! Also Lego R2D2!

DD - 9 ~ A Kindle Fire and American Girl Caroline *of all the historicals C looks the most like DD.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #34
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Not any really big gifts this year as they already have all the big items. So, getting a bunch of smaller items like Gaming Chair, Beats Earphones and a bunch of gift cards for DS13 and UGGS and Electric Scooter for DD11.

But there is one gift I can't wait for DS13 to open. Both my kids go to our Private Church School. It is a small school for K-8th. Each class has about 20-25 kids and everyone knows everyone and kids have been with each other for 8-9 years. Well, he starts High School next year and we have been going back and forth on which school he will be going to. Many of the kids in his class will be going to the Private High School affiliated with our Church. There is no bussing and is probably 10-15 miles from home. And Tuition is about 3-4 times what we are paying now. So, we told him we didn't think we could do this, especially when his sister will be in High School in 2 years. He really wants to go to this school so bad. So, in October I spoke with the Principal of the High School and went over different Grant's and Scholarships that were available and he said no matter what we will work it out and be where you need to be. So, we went over everything and with DH's extra 2 paychecks a year and my yearly bonus we can pay the Tuition and have extra to put away when DD is there.

Anyway, to make a long story short. We have not told DS he is going to school here. I ordered a Sweatshirt, Running Pants and Bag with the School Logo on it and am wrapping it up for Christmas. I can't wait to see his reaction - he is going to be so excited. I think this school will be a really good fit for him and if everything falls into place - my office building is moving about a mile from the school. So, looks like things happen for a reason...
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #35
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I'm sooo excited to be able to tell someone about my ds's big present. He's getting to drive a nascar racecar for 8 laps around Richmond International Speedway. He is in auto tech at high school, has worked on a friend's pit crew this past summer and is crazy about cars. You have to be 18 and he turns 18 in Feb and the drive is in April. I also was able to get him a diecast car signed by one of his favorite drivers.
That's awesome!

I forgot to mention my other Wow gift is a car for DD17. We were going to get her one in a few months (she can get her license in February) but I came across a great deal on an older car in excellent shape, so we just got it now. I'm getting one of those enormous bows for it
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:18 PM   #36
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My son's Ipad. I know he is expecting to get one for Christmas. He is getting it 2 weeks early though, on his birthday.

As fow a Wow! gift on Christmas, I did get him the Halo game he asked for. I know he is not expecting that at all.
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:40 PM   #37
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My big WOW gift to the kids is a puppy! Well technically he's not still a puppy since he's about a year old. We have been fostering a dog and he's really a good match for our family so DH & I agreed we should keep him. He's so good with the kids and is eager to please. I just called the rescue/animal hospital this morning to let them know we are making it official.

I'm going to put a big red bow on our newest family member and wrap up his adoption papers. I'm not sure that it will be a big surprise to the kids because they know how much we all love Dakota.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:54 PM   #38
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Wow gift for dd is her Taylor Swift tickets. She has no idea and will be very excited

And the WOW gift for ds is Lego Mindstorm. He also has absolutely no clue. In fact, I was at a information night for a school I am hoping to move him to next year and they said they had a Lego Robotics club!!!! I almost fell over. When I researched one for him the closest was 2 hours away but we were willing if he got really invested in it to drive him for meets etc. I was so excited to have something local!!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:43 PM   #39
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My daughters Santa gift this year is a portable DVD player. A little pricey but better than the MacBook Air she was originally going to ask for. She is 12 and wants the DVD player for sleepovers. I can't give her a lot throughout the year so I really try to go all out for Christmas. I am giving her 4 wii games and her stocking will have a bunch of gift cards and movies and other small stuff.
Here's a portable DVD player for $48:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...D-8710&cat=CON
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:08 PM   #40
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My big WOW gift to the kids is a puppy! Well technically he's not still a puppy since he's about a year old. We have been fostering a dog and he's really a good match for our family so DH & I agreed we should keep him. He's so good with the kids and is eager to please. I just called the rescue/animal hospital this morning to let them know we are making it official.
This was our plan too! We had the most amazing little foster dog in our home and I was going to go up to the shelter last week to fill out the papers, pay for and adopt him...then we'd tell our girls for Christmas. Just as I was getting in my car to go to the shelter, we got a phone call. A family who had met with him once or twice BEFORE we fostered him decided THEY wanted him. It only took them a month!

My husband and I were sad. My girls were cheering "YES!!! He found his FOREVER HOME!!!" they were a little sad, but they were told that he was only with us until he went to his forever home! They would have been a lot more sad if they had known our plan to adopt him! We were an hour too late!
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #41
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Here's a portable DVD player for $48:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...D-8710&cat=CON
Thank you for your suggestion. I actually picked one up a few weeks ago. It was $100 on sale but it is 10' with a swivel screen and remote and USB port and sd card player. I know she will love it.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:36 PM   #42
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My Wow gift is an iPhone 4S that looks brand new. My husband kept his in a case and upgraded. We have the box and my DD has no idea she is getting it. I am going to find a box that contained something she would not want and surprise her.

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I am doing that to my son this year. He's much harder to find that "wow" gift for at his age. He wants video games, movies and things like that which are so obvious from a mile away what they are when wrapped and also look smaller under the tree compared to toys his younger siblings are getting. So I'm putting them in empty cereal boxes or large boxes from online orders and wrapping them. I think he's going to laugh when he opens a box of lucky charms or a large cardboard box and it will take him an extra minute or two to open things.

I haven't really found that "wow" gift yet for any of them. I know they will be happy with what they are getting because I stuck to the list for the most part but it's hard finding wow stuff for bigger kids.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:45 PM   #43
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For both kids this year we decided to do new TV's for each of them. DS leaves for college this fall and his TV broke a few months back. It was a flat screen hand me down that died. We were able to get good deals on Samsung 1080 TV's for the kids. Figured it was the perfect time to get them.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:47 PM   #44
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DD12 is getting a cell phone. It's a go phone pay as you go phone but will have wifi capability. She wanted a smart phone but this is as close as she will get. I don't have one, she certainly won't but the wifi access will be exciting for her.

She had a phone briefly last year but didn't keep it charged so we quit paying for it. I think she will take good care of this one!

DS10 is getting a guitar amp that I hope will be a big wow. It sounded really cool when the guy in the store showed me what he can do. DS really wants an xbox but we decided to hold off another year or two.

DD18 does not have a wow gift yet and I'm stumped for her.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:47 PM   #45
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Well my stepDD13's big gift is tickets to see Lion King in January, but I am pretty sure her Wow gift will be the Roku for her room. She loves to watch Netflix in the living room, but isn't allowed to have control of the living room TV all that often.
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