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Friday, November 23, 2007

Black Friday

So, I didn't get up very early to go this morning because nothing, NOTHING was worth getting up for. I combed the ads and honestly there was like one thing that was just a maybe on the doorbusters. Unless of course I decided to go and buy myself the Cricut, but I am not really sure I want one yet.

So, my mom and I went out around 9:30 and shopped until 5:00 or so. Definitely a full day. Got some pretty good deals, especially for Sophie and Chloe (ahem, and for me too thanks to my mommy. Did you know Dressbarn is selling Seven jeans now for 49.99? And they were on sale for buy one get one 1/2 off. Love the way they fit).

Bria got the shaft though. Because the Easy Bake Oven has apparently been recalled (I was wondering why it wasn't in the ads since it seems like it is there every single year) and that was all she wanted. I even called Joel from Target when I found out the terrible news and asked him to get more ideas from her. She couldn't come up with anything.

On the one hand, I suppose that's great. My daughter isn't overly materialistic. On the other hand, she really had her heart set on an Easy Bake Oven. She is in kind of a strange stage for me. She is starting to really like all the tween stuff, but I'm not really sure I want to get her started in a lot of those things quite this young (High School Musical has been the only exception thus far). But she isn't loving a lot of the things she has been into in the past. She still really likes Barbies, but she got a Barbie house from Santa last year and is getting quite a bit of Barbie stuff from my parents this year.

So I'm completely stuck. No clue what to get my own daughter as her premiere gift from Santa.

Any ideas?

14 comments :

  1. Ooh... that's rough. I'm kind-of in the same boat with my 7 year old. At first she asked for a Polly Pocket playset - but when it came down to it, she decided that what she really wants is a "Biggest Littlest Pet Shop" -- so frustrating that it wasn't on sale anywhere. I'm just not overly thrilled with the choices that are out there for her age. There's always Barbie - but she's never been that into it.

    I guess I sympathize. I think ultimately my daughter will get the pet shop (plus one of the teeniest tiniest pet shops), a couple of books, a jewelry making kit, and Battleship (she loves this game - discovered it this past summer). A few other smaller stocking stuffer type things... but other than that... I dunno.

    Good luck! Let me know if you come up with anything fantastic.

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  2. My girls are a lot younger. They just want Ponyville everything. My 7 year old niece likes the groovy girl dolls and has all the accessories. Other than that, I hope you find the thing she wants. I am amazed by your diligent shopping. I agree this years adds were kinda blah!

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  3. It's hard to buy for girls. As a last resort, I always go for fancy office supplies - stapler, post it notes, colored tape dispenser, that kind of thing. I guess the gifts at Christmas are supposed to be larger maybe, but that's sort of my back up plan.

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  4. WAIT, I just had a brain flash. I always REALLY wanted an Easy Bake Oven... really REALLY -- but my mom thought it was mess and impractical (which I think too)... anyway. What if you got her own apron and a children's cookbook and maybe some regular mixes and wrapped those-up? Maybe a measuring cup? You could even do oven mits too depending on how much you want to spend. She can be a real chef, instead of an easy one. :)

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  5. You could try Ebay, they have a lot of Easy Bake Ovens and most of them specify that they were made pre-recall. I always wanted one but my mom always said no way.

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  6. Hey Lara,
    You know what I think Bria would love? For $50 or so you can get a digital camera. They hold quite a bit of pictures and they can load them on the computer and plug it in the TV as well and see the pictures. I think they are a good idea. We got the boys each one. Anyways, something to look into anyway. Oh and Jon is giving me some money to take the boys out to buy for bria & chloe... I am kind of stuck in the Bria field. We were thinking like a craft kind of kit things... Like bracelet making kids or whatever. I don't know! Any ideas?

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  7. I meant kits, not kids. lol

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  8. I can't believe you did anything that involved being outside for a second here-it's freezing cold and I remember how nice AZ-even if it's still 80-is in November! PS, I think I saw your mom on a workout show this AM-could it be?

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  9. Ellie is at that hard age too. Everything she likes, she already has a million of! Santa got her Troy and Gabriella barbies and we got her an easel from IKEA -- $3o -- and some art supplies. Then I'm ahving my girlfriend make her a board with clips on it to hang her art work from. She's really artsy!

    There are also some really cool books out. Check overstock for cheap shipping and good book discounts.

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  10. I also avoided the doorbusters this year. Mostly because I needed none of the items either. Last year a lady grabbed a game right out of my hands with a snarky grin, so I took a break this year.

    I bought an easy-bake oven last year! It was 9.99 at Walmart on the early sale, but i eventually returned it since I had no girls on my list. I was hoping to draw your family last year, just so I could buy girly things...sigh...

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  11. Ohhh - good luck finding Bria the perfect gift. Seven 1/2 is SUCH a hard age (boys and girls!). Kenton is getting Lincoln Logs, a drawing book with art pens, and whatever else we can pick up (oh and the Magic Treehouse Series that I bought way back when he was born that he's just learning to enjoy!).

    Luke and I went out in the crowds. Mostly just for a fun date. We like to laugh at all the crazies! We did pick up a couple of things for a really good deal though.

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  12. My Bria is at that same difficult stage! The great thing though, is that at this age they're really easy and practical! This year, all she asked for a "Littlest Pet Shop" pet that you carry around, and a "play" horse. I love that children are so forgiving at this age...for the most part! I like the above idea of the apron and baking supplies! That is such an awesome idea! Good luck Lara!

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  13. Sorry to hear there are no EZ Bake ovens -- I remember mine fondly. Any chance you can find a gently used one on ebay or at a yard sale? Good luck with the search!

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  14. Looks like you got a ton of great ideas, if I think of anything grand I'll let you know!

    Thanks for the tip on Seven jeans! Maybe I can finally afford a pair.

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