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Initial post: 18 Dec 2013 17:06:50 GMT
I think I've totally burnt out over Christmas and shopping this year.

I became nostalgic for "what gifts did I look forward to when a baby wombat?

I know that every year I looked forward to one of my aunt's presents of sweet cigarettes. The year they sold out and she sent liquorice pipes was a desolation :(

I think the finest present ever was a box of Lego. It seemed huge at the time.

We still do family stockings and it's these "little" gifts brought through the year that seem to be some of the happiest.

Off to wrap up the Large Print crossword and Seduko(?) final gifts :)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2013 17:12:12 GMT
Princess says:
Mine was a Timex watch as I was obsessed with time as a child. It was so lovely with a red strap!

Posted on 18 Dec 2013 17:20:59 GMT
E R says:
An Ingersoll watch with luminous hands and a Spirograph, Lego was probably my favourite too though, I had the motor, and some rails, so it was a sort of train set.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2013 21:29:34 GMT
DaveyH says:
Are you my long lost twin eric? One of my prized possessions as a child was my Ingersoll watch and I spent hours with my Spirograph...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2013 22:18:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Dec 2013 22:23:31 GMT
K. A. Newton says:
Davey H

I bought a spirograph for someone and tried it out. I got ballpoint ink on some of the wheels so had to go out and buy another set to give as a present. Ha Ha.

I don't know what happened to that - I don't remember throwing it out or giving it away.

I was forever being given sewing sets and handbags or clothes with the initial C on them. My name a derivative of Catherine and is spelt with a K and I used to throw them in the wastepaper basket and tell my mother to "Send them back". She never did so I would get more the same the next year and I would feel really angry as my brother never suffered that way. If only they had bought me book tokens. I usually got about 3 diaries a year but no books.

The homemade gifts were best. Grandad would make me cotton bobbin dollies (I've forgotten the proper name) - four little headless nails around the hole of a wooden bobbin and I could make yards of "French knitting" and make things out of the knitted tubing. Years later I learned to knit it on two needles when I need some tubing for making upraised patterns on children's sweaters (I remember a lovely dark brown spider with legs made of tubing sewn on to a web I knitted on a sweater front) or I needed lengths of cord for joining two mittens or running through holes around a waist and tied in a bow at the front. My daughter loved those long sweaters and never lost a mitten.

I remember a well off cousin of my mother's sending me a wool hank holder that their chauffeur had made for her out of wood. It was great as it expanded to fit the hank of yarn. The four arms telescoped back up for storage.

Used it a lot till I bought a metal and nylon one you could clamp on a table overhanging the edge and put an electrical kettle on the floor with no lid on and steam would remove all the kinks from used knitting wool. You had to wrap the yarn around while the holder was set small and as the kinks straightened you had to widen the arms or the hank of yarn fell off.

Or you could clamp it on the table and have it standing out sideways with the yarn around it and I could use a woolwinder to wind some circular shaped balls flat bottom balled suitable for the knitting machine direct off the hank. It even had a little handle so you could put a ball of yarn in a bucket and wind the yarn on to the winder in order to later steam the yarn.

One birthday my mother's cousin gave me an embroidery kit (bought at Kendals of Manchester) that she had already worked these fantastic birds in shiny silk on and I had to do the woollen background - then turned up one day and took it back. Probably how she got rich. Not the way to treat a child though.

I was very fond of jigsaws but people either bought ones with infantile pictures or one with pictures that were too grown up. We had one in the family of the Queens Coronation parade that we did as a family every Christmas. We would start one of a very wide cherry blossom tree but it never got finished till one year when I was about 14 and we got to the end and found 2 pieces missing. My father decided that could go in the bin.

A hint for people with children - my daughter liked jigsaws and we marked the backs of the pieces so she did not mix the puzzles up, starting with A through to Z. but not using i or o. Later we were to reach AA to HH, she then grew out of a lot of them. I remember doing them all and taking them to the charity shop and being able to say that not one piece was missing.

Another long message. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 08:01:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Dec 2013 09:44:36 GMT
Lucy Lou says:
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Posted on 19 Dec 2013 09:02:07 GMT
Ethereal says:
Blackboard and chalk, loved playing teacher with my class of teddies and dolls lined up in front of me!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 09:16:42 GMT
pixie says:
I had one of those and so loved it Princess!

Posted on 19 Dec 2013 09:19:38 GMT
pixie says:
I had cinderella pink and gold slippers with a small kitten heel, they were made of really hard plastic.....I am sure they wouldn't be allowed now. They were kept on the feet with a bit of flimsy elastic! Needless to say I came a cropper and landed up in A&E...sprained ankle...slippers went in the bin ...I went into a huff!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 09:40:04 GMT
E R says:
You could be Davey if you too agonized over the final depletion of the four never to be replaced coloured pens, the bending of the gear fixing pins and the breakdown of the board you pinned them to. In the Spirograph that is.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 10:39:54 GMT
w-w says:
I had a 'mystery' present in a small box one year when i was a nipper - i shook it and it ticked...

:o)

Posted on 19 Dec 2013 11:15:04 GMT
Oh! Our local sweet shop is doing sugar mice! With real string for tails! Nostalgia!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 11:16:42 GMT
pixie says:
Combat...real string!?! LolX

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 11:22:17 GMT
@pixie - exactly! Damn the HSE and all those silly regulations. Real string. If they make some sweet cigarettes I'll O/D on happiness.

@Clagg: This is aimed to be a happy, warm and gentle thread. I'd appreciate you taking your pettiness elsewhere if at all possible. Thank you.

Posted on 19 Dec 2013 11:29:36 GMT
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Lucy Lou says:
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Posted on 19 Dec 2013 12:16:24 GMT
brenda says:
A sweetie shop with little glass jars for me and a john bull post office set for my brother .we had the best time playing and arguing with them. Xxxxx

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 12:17:06 GMT
DaveyH says:
"I won't stoop to your level though."

Can't get high enough? The words pot, kettle and black spring to mind quite frankly... I'm saddened.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 12:19:03 GMT
DaveyH says:
I never had enough paper for all my masterpieces eric, we were quite poor.

I'm almost tempted to buy myself a Spirograph, and I nearly choked on my lunch looking at Ingersoll watches...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 12:30:28 GMT
Lucy Lou says:
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Posted on 19 Dec 2013 13:10:59 GMT
pixie says:
The one pressie I really wanted was a pair of red Scholl sandals.....everyone had them at school ( according to me)

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 13:26:50 GMT
DaveyH says:
So you can make a snide sneer at someone else's post but as soon as it's dished out to you you start complaining. Perhaps taking a taste of your own medicine is too bitter?

Posted on 19 Dec 2013 13:58:09 GMT
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Lucy Lou says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 14:49:05 GMT
E R says:
Any treasured toy from your childhood Clagster? Did you play Tiddly Winks and Ludo from the compendium of games?

Posted on 19 Dec 2013 14:59:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Dec 2013 15:05:45 GMT
Lucy Lou says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2013 15:05:25 GMT
E R says:
Of course it does, and well done them, we never had that much fun with the counters!
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