‘Does Santa do 3 for 2?’

My younger son has always been notoriously secretive about his letter to Father Christmas. When he was younger I had to make sure I intercepted it before he put it in the postbox, because you could always guarantee it contained a list of things he’d never expressed an interest in before.

When he was 4, we were short of cash and we’d bought his presents, when he told nursery staff on 20th December that his Christmas wish was for a Superman outfit. When he was 6, I steamed open the envelope to discover he wanted toy fighting hamsters and all of the accessories to go with them. I would never have guessed those in a million years.

Now he’s reached the magical age of 11. Magical in that he’s too old for toys, but he’s too young to want cool clothes (otherwise known as Superdry in our house). It’s impossible to know what to get for him. Add that to the fact that it’s not long since his birthday, when he got not only presents, but a fair few vouchers and some cash. He also got a cash incentive for getting into grammar school and he only went and won £150 worth of K’Nex and an iPad Mini, of all things, recently. He is literally the boy who has everything. He needs nothing.

So we were struggling. He hadn’t expressed an interest in anything and we were having to work it out. We finally came up with what we thought was a good idea last week, then he announced on 2nd December that he’d nearly finished his Christmas list.

Christmas list? On 2nd December? Doesn’t he know Father Christmas needs to get organised a bit earlier than that?

‘Does Father Christmas have email?’

‘It’s santa@northpole.com.’

‘Well, shall I just email it to you, then you can email it to Santa’ (there’s no question from his tone of voice that he knows it won’t be necessary to email it to Santa).

He knows the approximate budget Santa has for presents, so he has very helpfully gone almost up to the budget, allowing no room for surprises and the good idea we’d come up with.

‘Does Santa do 3 for 2?’

His calculations are based on buying the items from Smyths, which he has researched and has worked out is the cheapest. With the 3 for 2. If Santa uses 3 for 2.

And he might be a big boy now but, yet again, he’s come up with something he’s never shown any interest in before. Skylanders. He hasn’t once played Skylanders or owned anything to do with them, but the entire list is Skylanders related. It relies heavily on Father Christmas taking advantage of the 3 for 2 offers. He’s concerned that if Father Christmas doesn’t do 3 for 2 he’s not going to get his full quota of presents.

‘When will Father Christmas do his shopping? Will it be when we’re at school and you haven’t got much work on?’

Skylanders, Christmas, 3 for 2

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. We’ve got the same sort of thing! And what to offer to number four when number 1,2 and 3 mean there are already in the house a doll house, train set, cars and mat, etc.?? This year I’ve decided to make her present (at least at 3 she’s got no precise idea yet), a big soft toy mummy pig with piglets 😉

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    • That’s so sweet! I hope she likes it! It’s always been more difficult buying for my younger son because he does inherit things like bikes from his brother. He also has incredible dedication to saving up, so has bought himself a laptop and an Xbox.

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  2. Hahaha….bless him. We’ve been through all of this and in fact now that our older children are 15-20, we’re kind of out the other side because they don’t even give us lists, they want surprises – and some of them are easy to find nice stuff for, but a couple are a nightmare! The 2 little ones are the only ones with lists now – and Santa definitely does his best to get best value for his money 😀

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    • Santa is very sensible to get value for money! I think I would struggle with surprises, apart from my daughter – I love buying surprises for her!

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  3. I love that he is hunting down the special offers for you. Mine are too lazy to write to Santa so I have to do it instead x

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    • Bless them! I think mine all wrote to him as soon as they could write, but they’ve given up this year! It’s a shame my daughter has to give up sooner because her brothers have given up. He’s very good to hunt down the special offers – I would probably have just gone to Game, which it turns out is a lot more expensive!

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  4. Well if I was doubting that he still believed at 11, this just about confirms it
    – Santa has a limitless fund of money, parents do not! Do you really think he still believes after asking this?! Actually I’m stumped for ideas for my 10 year old too….football related stuff mainly. He has the Skylander Giants and NEVER plays with them!

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    • I suspected he may have still believed a couple of years ago, but I knew he didn’t believe any more. They’ve always known what Santa’s budget is from quite a young age though. Boys of this age are definitely difficult to buy for!

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  5. What a sweetheart staying just within budget. Sounds like he’s certainly done his research as well as asking Santa nicely! We have similar problem until he came home the other day and started talking about Warhammer. I like the sound of something non-web based where they can stick models together and colour them with real paint. Don’t know how much they cost but it’s got to be cheaper than x-boxes which we don’t have money for even if we agreed to him having one. x Jo

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    • He’s a good boy! He enjoys researching stuff like this and has certainly helped to save some money. I would definitely have looked elsewhere. Sounds like your boy has found something good for Christmas. I liked it when my eldest did Airfix models, but sadly he soon grew out of those as they became uncool!

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  6. Sophia was always secretive about her letter to Santa too. Used to drive me mad trying to work out what sh’d asked for! Sounds as though your son has everything sussed and he’s so thoughtful for staying within budget.

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    • Glad to hear it’s not just my kids that did this, but you can understand their reasoning – if Father Christmas brings the presents, then why would their parents need to know about it?
      My son is good like that – and he likes to research stuff on the internet anyway!

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  7. Brilliant. Clever boy. He’ll definitely go far! Although surprising on the Skylanders!

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    • Thanks very much! 🙂

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  8. Gosh I love him! He’ll be running Tesco in no time! The budget thing has caught us out this year. I’ve had a parent a bit miffed with me because the Bug told his son what Santa’s budget was!

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    • He is brilliant, bless him 🙂
      Oh dear! Luckily ours is on the low side, so even if it’s higher than some it’s not high enough to be shocked about! I remember my kids being upset at friends who had a budget more than twice what ours is! There’s definitely a reason for not talking about money, but kids don’t realise that!

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  9. Ha ha can totally relate! My 10 year old keeps very pointedly showing me stuff in catalogues that she wants Santa to get for her – we’re hanging on by the finger nails!

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    • Ha ha, they’re not daft, are they? But they don’t want to upset us by saying they don’t believe!

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