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Old 09-26-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
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Would you let Santa do this.....

My 9 year old really wants and I-Pod touch for Christmas. She has my old shuffle and has been very responsible with it but would like something to put a few Apps on. She has allowance money to use for music and apps. I said NO!!!!!!! Hubby says it is better than spending $ on the "Toy of the Day" as he likes to call them. You know, the toys they have to have but never use...last year a crayon maker and American Girl Doll Horse. She is really good about just getting one big gift. It probably will be about the amount we spend on her for Christmas.....We did this a few years ago with a Wii and she was fine with it, just one gift. So what do you think? Are we nuts?
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:58 PM   #2
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My ten year old daughter wants one too. I told her if Santa brings one she will have to sign a contract about what acceptable and unacceptable use. Also that it would be on my apple account and she won't know the password to purchase anything. My daughter is pretty responsible so if I can swing financially we will probably do it. She wanted one last year but it wasn't a possibility.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:59 PM   #3
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I'd do it. Not way ahead, but I'd keep it in mind as a last minute choice.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:00 PM   #4
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My kids got iPod touches last year and it was their main gift from us (we had stocking stuffers).

They came down on Christmas morning trying to count presents and not look disappointed. When they realized what they got they were WAY over the moon! So crazy excited.

It was far better than $150 worth of cripple-crap to look good under the tree. It made more sense to spend the budget on something they REALLY wanted.

Most games they like are free or less than $2. It is worth it, especially compared to a DS where games are $15-$30.

The only drawback is that i have NO idea what to get them this year now. they already have the perfect gift!
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:17 PM   #5
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My dd got one when she was 7, she is 10 now. It's been great. We load fun games and educational games on it, she uses it for her sleep sounds at night, she emails with her friends, and we turned off the internet to it so it's safe (just our opinion, we're not ready for her to access the internet without our supervision).

And she loves it so much we take it away as her punishment. Nothing hurts worse than losing your ipod touch .
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:18 PM   #6
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By the time my kids were your child's age I started doing the same thing. It's easy to spend $100 on legos or some garbage thats going to end up in the bottom of the toybox. I'd rather spend the money on something the child is realy going to want and use on a regular basis.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:25 PM   #7
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I agree with PPs. I think it is worth spending the extra money on and a better gift compared to some toys that you would get them otherwise

I got an iPhone when I was 13, as did my brother. Rory who is 7 has an iPod touch and loves it. It can surf the Internet, go on YouTube and download apps plus take photos which he finds a novelty.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:33 PM   #8
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Just did this for both of my kids' birthdays. I told them to ask everybody that asked them what they wanted for gift certs to Amazon.....and then let them buy a Kindle Fire. I have them all under my account so I can see what they download.....plus they aren't allowed to download before asking me first. With the Fire at least they can read books too! My dh's family buys them SO much crap!! This was a good way to not end with a bunch of toys they'll never play with! AND it allowed ME to spend the $$ I would have spent on them on our upcoming SURPRISE Disney vaca.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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I really think Ipod touches are awesome for the educational apps... if you can put some extra with it (like grandparents or have a garage sale) and get an IPAD that is even better. Its amazing what all the kids are learning from the apps these days.. (educational wise) It is teaching preschoolers how to read and apps for writing!
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:18 PM   #10
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I think Santa should go for it. It is something you know she will actually use, even for several years. You already know she is responsible and will properly care for it. If your daughter can understand the concept of only getting one big gift and won't be upset with not getting other items on her list, I would definitely get her the iPod Touch!
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:24 PM   #11
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Yes, this is normal. And it's wonderful! Instead of buying all of those toys they had to have, and then never play with, which just get good-willed a year later to make room for more of the same, you actually get them things they use all of the time, and enjoy for years.

My 9 year olds did this rite of passage last Christmas, and it was great. Xbox games, ipod touches (we have 5), kindle fires, cellphones, Uggs, Air Jordans... It's so much nicer having so much less under the tree. Every year, it's gets smaller and smaller.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:29 PM   #12
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My 10 and 13 year olds both have them. They are linked to my account. Of course they were free thru the Charleston Explorers Program. If you ever visit or live near Charleston, SC google Charleston Explorers. It is a cool program and the end prize is an ipod Touch.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:43 PM   #13
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I would absolutely get one big gift that she cares about but I'd find it impossible not to get her anything else. Perhaps, a few smaller gifts that you find on clearance or things that she needs (clothes, socks, shoes) etc..
Santa brings three presents in our home but they are never anything expensive. He has too many kids to deliver presents too! Mom and Dad get credit for all the big ticket presents.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:49 PM   #14
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Yes! That is exactly what Santa brought my then 5 year old son last year. Well, that and a bunch of costumes (bought after Halloween for a couple dollars each.)

Watch for specials that come with free gift cards/itunes cards.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:33 PM   #15
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Do you have other kids? My DD9 also really, really wants an iPod Touch. But even though she says she would be OK getting ONLY that, I still worry she would be a little sad when DD7 has multiple packages to open.

DD9's birthday is in January, so I'm thinking of waiting until then. The touch would likely be from us and Grandma, because it is more than we usually spend on birthdays (since it is so close to Christmas). But then I have to figure out what to get her for Christmas!
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