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Looking for gift for 5 year old niece

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McKinsey wrote:
May 17th, 2017 11:16 am
I tend to buy textbooks (activities) or stocks from the market.
yeah, i would like to contribute to their RESP, but then the 5yo would hate me. Angry Face
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amitdi wrote:
May 17th, 2017 11:43 am
yeah, i would like to contribute to their RESP, but then the 5yo would hate me. Angry Face
While the parents would love you for that, and the kid will when s/he turns 18. What I have done is buy a company they are familiar with (eg. Mattel) and buy a cheap Barbie to go with it. You can get creative: McDonalds/happy meal, nike/basketball etc...While they may not perform as well as a stock like Shopify, RBC...but kids can't relate to them.

Hard being a parent sometimes and not pleasing the kids ;)
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yesstyle wrote:
May 17th, 2017 10:12 am
do little girls nowadays still play Barbies?
Tangled is fun for kids.
Dora the explorer.
Peppa pig.

And space ships!!! Telescope too with stars... just bc she is a girl doesnt mean she won't like science! Kids love that space stuff.
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I have an almost 5 year old girl. I prefer stuff thats not too gender specific. E.g I don't like dolls, Disney girly stuff, princesses, etc. No pets please. Here's my suggestions:

- lego, knex, etc
- anything crafty... markers, paper, crayons, glue, stickers, beads, playdoh. Nothing too complex that needs too much input from me lol
- puzzles
- age appropriate board games
- books
- Make believe stuff like costumes
- puppet stuff
- science-y stuff...e.g we got a kit where she dug out dinosaur bones from dirt
- experiences are a great idea...a day out at the beach/park for example
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My 5.5 yr old likes:
Lego (generic blocks, not specific set)
Box set of early readers (Usborne publishes some decent books)
Puzzles with a cardboard backed 'frame'
Melissa & Doug has a great pretend school set that comes with whiteboards, calendar, pointer stick, bell, stickers for the day's agenda so they could pretend to teach their stuffies in Kindergarten
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Neat idea! How do you buy shares for a kid? With everything online nowadays, can you still get a certificate to gift to their name? Sorry not too familiar with how this works.
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Code a pillar, not sure if your niece may be to old, for this but I got two of them 3 & 4 yr old cousin and they loved it.
Alternatively you can get a bike or scooter they seem to be popular among 5 yr olds. Check with parents first.
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