Monday, August 25, 2008

I get by with a little help from my friends...

This one is for all of you ladies with young boys...

Ciara is invited to her first big girl birthday party this weekend. The party is for a little boy who is turning 4.

My question is two-fold:
What do boys this age want for their birthday?
What gifts have your sons received that
you love and which ones do you absolutely hate?

Oh, and I'm trying to keep it under $20.

Thanks my peeps!

PS- the next post is #100. Any requests or suggestions for marking the occasion?

Update: Thank you all for your very helpful advice.
In case anyone is interested, in the end I settled on a Seek & Find Zoo puzzle by Bloom (the makers of Cranium). It was on clearance for a whopping $6.98. I am pleased that I found something that met all of my requirements for a gift...It is something a 4 year old boy will enjoy, it will not irritate the crap out of his parents, it has at least a bit of educational value (since I
am one of his teachers), it should not inspire violence or rough-housing, and it was not expensive! Yay! As an added bonus the gift bag features a cute little pirate and includes an actual eye patch! What 4 year old boy wouldn't love that?

7 fabulous responses:

McMommy said...

I don't know if this is something along the lines that you are thinking....but Matty is currently in LOVE with Look and Find books! Kind of like the idea behind Where's Waldo. He is going to be 4 years old in October.

BookMamma said...

You have come to the right place!
Er... I mean:
I have come to the right place!

Boy-Mom of 3.5yo and 2yo Suggestions:

Anything Transformers (Animated series) is good because they are age-appropriate. Boys can convert Bumblebee from car to robot themselves without saying "Mamma. Mamma. MAMMA! Do it." There is an Optimus Prime one that rocks from$19.99 at Tarjay. If you really want to be a hero, there's a talking Transformers shirt on the clearance racks there for $8. That's right... talking AND washable.

Shark Boy & Lava Girl DVD. I promise - there are worse things they can watch and the moral is pretty good.

If you get those crazy Incredible Hulk smash gloves, just be sure to get an inflatable punching bag thingy. That way they hit the RIGHT things. And not each other.

Books. Always good. This RL librarian recommends "Punk Farm" by Krosozka or "The Night Pirates" by Peter Harris.

Those have been my boys all-time favorite gifts. Hope they help - and have fun at the party!

3boys247 said...

Hayden just turned 4 in June. He loved getting a bubble machine with extra bubbles. He also received a light bright, not my favorite. He loves spongebob and spiderman.

Sandra said...

I have a 5 year old boy, at this age they LOVE spiderman and hot wheels LOL

You can find really inexpensive Hot Wheels sets too, that come with cars and a track etc.

Anonymous said...

It's been so long since my boys (now 18 and 15) were little that I don't have a clue. But as I have a nephew in this age range, I'm curious as to what sort of answers you'll get.

Just refreshed, and McMommy and Bookmama had great ideas!

Hope you're little one has a great time!

Carol said...

I have to agree with McMommy Thomas loves those books.

Plus jigsaws and anythnig building/lego related.

I think 4 year boys are pretty easy to keep happy.

The Nice One said...

My son was into all things ART at that time. So we got a lot of that stuff.
Those look and see books are fantastic, too. We STILL read those and we're old, now.