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TOPIC: Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas 23 Oct 2017 15:56 #256208

With the Crossfire discussion out there, the FFG sale upcoming, etc. let's go ahead and get this going in one place.

I'm considering a Kano for my son (10), but fear it may be too basic. He can code in Scratch (which is free), so what are we really gaining here by dropping $100+ besides the hassle of having to put the thing together and take it apart around each use?

Does it browse the net decently? Can you do any sort of word processing? How much does it guide the kid into Python, or do they only see the gui?
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Holiday Gift Ideas 23 Oct 2017 18:05 #256219

I'm trying to work out a way to get either Mindstorms or the new Lego Boost thing for my son at a discount...I think Mindstorms has more legs, but Boost is probably more on his level at this point.

Scarlett is pretty much all about American Girl stuff. Goddamighty.

I have no idea about the Radio Shack jargon above.
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Holiday Gift Ideas 23 Oct 2017 20:15 #256228

Have you take Scarlet to the American Girl Cafe?
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Holiday Gift Ideas 23 Oct 2017 21:00 #256229

The male spawn wants a guitar, so I'm buying rocksmith on the ps3 and a decent albeit cheap guitar to learn on.

I have no idea for what to get the female spawn yet. Possibly harry potter ephemera.
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Holiday Gift Ideas 23 Oct 2017 21:21 #256230

ubarose wrote:
Have you take Scarlet to the American Girl Cafe?

Oh yes...we went to the one in NYC back in February. She finally got one of the dolls in August for her birthday. She went with Maryellen, the 1954 one. I almost stupidly bought her (the doll) the Midcentury boomerang coffee table. That stuff is seriously like the Games Workshop of dolls.

Thing is, I actually kind of like them. They are obsessive and a little weird. The quality is way higher than most other dolls out there...not like Madame Alexander or anything, but they are definitely a few cuts above anything from a big retailer.

I tried to get her into the bootleg Target ones, "My Generation", but she said bluntly "those are fake".

She went to a friend's party a couple of weeks ago, it was American Girl themed...I went to pick her up and Maryellen was lying face down in the middle of the floor in her emerald green taffeta party dress. Suppose she had one petit four too many.

CC, if your girl is into Potter and you want to spend a bunch of money, look at the new line of HP stuff at PBTeen...the stuff is really awesome, very tasteful and cool- not "fan merch" type junk. My son is also big into HP, he said he was going to get (and I quote) "all of the Harry Potter stuff" for Christmas. I'm like "dude, where were you 10 years ago".
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Holiday Gift Ideas 23 Oct 2017 22:16 #256231

American Girl dolls are high quality play dolls. If I put mine* and The Spawn's all out for you, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the one that was almost 30 years old and the one that is only 7 years old. They can stand up to birthday parties, sand boxes, and getting dragged around by their leg - Madame Alexander dolls, not so much. MA are pretty but are made to stand on a shelf and be admired, not snuggle in bed, and then fall out and bounce on their head. And the Target dolls are crap. They last maybe a year before their eye balls jam, and their hair becomes a mess.

*Yes, I have a lot of doll shit.
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