Chicken Gift Generator

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Afishwish, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    Idk if this is a good place for this thread, but I figured it might be nice to have an all-purpose thread for gift-giving suggestions, since shopping can be hard sometimes.

    We’re going to a 4 year birthday party next week for our friend’s kid, and I’m not sure what to get him. I know he likes trucks and cars, but this kid also has everything, and probably owns a million toy vehicles. His parents would probably prefer something that has educational value, and I don’t like giving gifts that are parent torture devices. I was thinking maybe Legos or Duplos (would he be too old for Duplos? There are no baby siblings, so LEGO choking’s not a concern). Another thought I had was that since it seems most kids like dinosaurs, was one of those realistic Safari Ltd dinosaurs plus a book, but since I don’t have a kid this age I don’t know what would be preferable or if these are lame. I’m not even sure what books kids that age enjoy. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Tl;dr good birthday gifts for a 4 year old boy.
  2. user4030

    user4030 Chicken

    When I worked with a 4-year-old boy he loved legos, but I was actually the one building them, so there's that :lol: He helped with sorting and putting stuff into place, but didn't really have the fine motor skills to neatly snap one small to medium sized piece onto another. But I wouldn't really go with duplos either.

    Dinosaurs are cool, so I think that's a good idea. The kid also had some magnetic blocks that were really cool and we both enjoyed playing with.

    As far as books go, well this kid really loved anything with a monster, dinosaur, alien, robot, super hero, or pirate.
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  3. user4917

    user4917 Chicken

    My nephews liked Legos at that age, and could do the regular kind if it was a simpler set. Imaginext makes a lot of cool dinosaur stuff too, and every little boy I know loves those starting right around this age.
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  4. user4917

    user4917 Chicken

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  5. antisocialite

    antisocialite Chicken

    How about magnatiles (magformers, magnatiles, etc)? We got J some for Xmas though they've been hidden since but he's used them at children's museums and loved them. My friends with older kids say they still get a lot of use.
    And they won't make you want to die if you step on one!!
  6. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Magnatiles are a perennial favorite. If they have a ton of stuff, experiences or consumables are good, like a kid’s museum or zoo membership (and maybe book to go with it) - go in with someone else if your local one is pricey. Or craft stuff that they can do and toss. I’ve found cool dinosaur fossil making kits, stuff like that.
  7. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    I’m gonna humblebrag for a second and say that @DaleBrennan’s O is a year and a half-ish old and is mastering the Duplos we got him for Christmas. He’s obviously super smart and has great taste in toys :yes:

    But my point is, if you think he can’t quite handle Legos yet, Duplos might be a good option.
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  8. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    @Kimmers that thing is ridiculous, and I mean it in a good, awesome way.

    Also, thank you for reminding me of Magnatiles - I got some for rooster years ago. I don’t know if they have any, but there are different types of sets.
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  9. user4260

    user4260 Chicken

    He is playing with them at my feet right now <3 (yes my baby is up right now, lol)
  10. user3695

    user3695 Chicken


    I have two gift ideas for A for our wedding anniversary in March.

    1. A date each month for the rest of the year. I’d prebuy gift cards and tickets (so we actually go) and arrange child care as much as possible. We may have to make some baby friendly day outs because we have no local family and I don’t want to impose too much on our friends.

    2. This november is our 10 year anniversary (of being together). We don’t normally acknowledge it in a big way since getting married but this is a big one. This year in Novemeber my birthday is also on Thanksgiving day. I kind of want to use it as an excuse to travel for the holiday. I could book a vacation for Thanksgiving week in November. This would 100% be bringing C. I’d probably see if my parents wanted to come to give us a chance to go out without C at some point. Mayeb a cruise.

    So WWCD?

    I asked A for a korean skin care set :lol:
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  11. I love the idea of a date each month! Not that I don't love the idea of a trip mind you, but a date every month is just so thoughtful. One of the dates could be a long weekend (or just weekend) away and then you get the best of both worlds?
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  12. user3728

    user3728 Chicken

    This is perfect. I love the idea of a date each month, and you could do a 4 or 5 day long weekend cruise and get both!
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  13. user4092

    user4092 Chicken

    I would do the big trip, but that’s because we don’t vacation much so it’s such a treat when we plan something fun like that!
  14. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    I feel like I would lean toward a trip but we do get dates in and I would miss them a lot if we didn't! You can't go wrong.
  15. user3695

    user3695 Chicken

    Okay I went with monthly dates!

    Here is what I have so far:

    1. March- cake baking and decorating class
    2. April- chicken cooking class
    3. May- bowling gift certificate
    4. June- escape room gift certificate
    5. July- rock climbing 101 class
    6. August- ?
    7. September- sippin safari wine and food event at the zoo (got an annual membership for the zoo, tickets for this are not on sale yet)
    8. October- ?
    9. November- ?
    10. December- ?

    Ideas for the other four? I was thinking movie gift card, dave and busters gift card, gift card ro local play center for a show in the fall (risky because have to hope we like something coming here)

    I don’t want to do a general restaurant gift card
  16. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    I don't know where you are or what the two of you enjoy so this is just a bunch of random ideas.

    Mini golf/regular golf, go karts, spa day, arcade, pool hall, sports game, board game/animal cafe.

    If you're open to a specific restaurant idea, fondue restaurants make great dates.
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  17. user3728

    user3728 Chicken

    Well, May you are coming here so maybe you can move that bowling date to another month and have a nice dinner here for May?

    Other ideas - for Nov or Dec is there a local class where you can make a holiday ornament? We have a glass blowing studio that does that and I’ve always thought about making that a present for W.
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  18. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    October is corn maze or haunted house.

    December is a Christmas light drive with hot chocolate

    edit: Wouldn’t be able to get gift cards for those though, so nevermind
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  19. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Oh, so we're invited? Cool, I'll put it in my calendar.
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  20. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    I did this for K for Christmas one year. You don’t have to do gift cards for things that don’t offer that - I just stuck $20 or $40 into an envelope for that month!
  21. user3695

    user3695 Chicken

    I just got us Kevin Hart tickets for one of the months. I’ll probably do flexible moveable things for the others so I will sleep on it! I’m gonna do a baseball game for August so that leaves Nov and Dec. Probably will just do the dave and busters and move giftcards becausd we are so busy those months.

    @Erie very true! I just know that the most likely way for us to actually go is to buy the tickets or gift cards. We are very likely to just spend the cash envelope on random shit and then stay in like always :lol:
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  22. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    Do a night in for one of them maybe? I did a board game and pizza night, so I put $40 for delivery in an envelope and a note about staying in and playing games.

    For Dec I put $40 in an envelope for dinner out after an evening of Christmas light viewing.
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  23. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    There’s a place around here that does Christmas cookie baking/decorating classes, you might be able to find something like that for Nov or Dec.
  24. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    They’re bound to do A Christmas Carol or another holiday show in November or December, so that could be a fun seasonal thing.
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  25. user3695

    user3695 Chicken

    Oooo thats a good point!!!