I got a Gameboy Color when I was 7, and I still have the exact same one at 21. I think part of the problem is that technology is becoming more delicate nowadays (the Gameboy was a fucking brick ), and the fact that kids take less time to care for their stuff nowadays too.
On a related note, my sister got her 3 and 4 year old sons this tablet that's basically a cheaper iPad (still cost about £200GBP though). When I said she'd be better off getting a DS for them because it's more durable, she said "oh they have one but they got bored of it".
I can't relate since, We have no tradition of actually giving each other presents. More like Boxes of Cheap bargain chocolates or Cookies, wrapped in wrapping paper. So I don't understand the whole parents spending money on kids, with no regard to their actual budget.
Unfortunately, some people just can't get their priorities straight. I've seen some parents claim they didn't have the money to buy their kids a couple of notebooks and pens for school stuff, and being unable to pay said kids' lunch fees from the school cafeteria. But then the kid shows up with designer clothes/a DS/a new iPhone/whatever. Seriously, the mind boggles.
My last post aside - I can live without seeing kids with mobile phones and their own computers. Kids at low age doesn't need those stuff! Especially not a NEW phone like, say Iphone. Buy the kids old phones which doesn't break no matter how hard you throw them in the ground or bathe with them.
As long as the kid is responsible enough and the parents actually can afford it - no problem.
I agree with this, even though my parents tend to get me some expensive gifts for the winter holidays. (This means 3 holidays combined usually, The day I was adopted, Hanukkah, and my Birthday)
Most of the time though, my gifts last a long time though, or I sell them to buy myself new stuff. (AKA my PSP and DS which lasted a good long life that I finally traded in to get some money for some new stuff :3)
I CANNOT stand when kids get these expensive gifts and they're like 4 or something, as well as if the kid, any age, gets a new one every year or less, or break something and their parents replace it. Even though I get expensive gifts, they're one-time for me, gotta give up old gifts if I want to get myself something new. :I
My family is pretty well off these days, but when I was a wee child my mom never let us go without presents. Granted, she didn't go out and BUY anything.. she knew kids just wanted something to unwrap. She wrapped up our toothbrushes, sheets, combs, socks we already wore lol, we didn't know the difference!
My sister and I had a playstation 2 at the age of 4 and 6 (I was the 6 year old), it still works today. It's lost in a closet somewhere though since we had the floors redone a few years ago. Still usable though.
Myself and my siblings grew up in a pretty broke family. We actually grew up never expecting anything under the tree. But, our parents would always end up getting us something. I remember the year they managed to get us the limited edition gold Zelda N64. There was nearly 3 child-sized heart attacks that year. We still have it and it still functions perfectly. Kids these days seem to think that electronics are disposable or something..
When we didn't have a lot of money when I was younger, my parents would use Christmas to get us things that weren't quite essential, but were useful, so one year I remember I got one of those clock radios that certainly became useful when I went to secondary school the following year. We just knew that we couldn't have expensive presents and that was that.
Then, if it got broken, we would have to buy the replacement ourselves, so we learnt, like when I was 12 my first phone broke through my carelessness, and I had to pay for my next one myself. I haven't broken a phone since then.
I never know what I want for Christmas, but when it comes around, my family showers me with all these expensive gifts that I don't want or need. Sometimes I think that the best gift is just plain old money. XD
I'm pretty sure he's nine or ten (I really hate keeping track of ages >.>) and he really wanted a bow and arrow cause he wants to go hunting with my uncle some day. I really just want to spoil them 'cause I've been gone almost six months
I've never understood wii and wouldn't want it as a console - but why on earth would people laugh about it? Really. Consoles probably have the longest lives when it comes to technique stuff. Computers or mobile phones you'd have to get a new every year or more if you want to be "up to date", consoles... they don't seem to come out that often.
Since my Gamecube died, and I had a bunch of Gamecube games left over I didn't finish and me and my little brother would beg my mom for years asking her for a Wii (about that time we were sonic fans and Sonic Colors just came out the year before and we wanted it still) and in 2011 we got a Wii, it was a big suprise since my mom almost never buys these kind of things. People made fun of me because they thought I should have gotten a Wii in 06, and it was lame and IU should have gotten an Xbox Kinnect since that was the "new best thing". I just laughed at them.
When I was 7, I had a Game Boy Color for Christmas. Lasted a good three years.
I still have the PSP that I got for my birthday four years ago, and it works like a charm. I even got it able to play the Internet Radio on it.
My parents always told me to always keep up with everything of high value to me, especially ones that are obviously expensive, and to never take them outside of the house, even if you're just at the door to get the mail. I'd be lucky if they gave me another of such things should they get lost or broken.
When I was a kid, I got tons of presents, but always age appropriate. I didn't get electronics until I was old enough to not destroy them. Mostly I got books and stuffed animals, the only two things I ever wanted anyway, and with the bonus of being fairly inexpensive. Which is why I got so much stuff, probably.
Well, you should get your children more... appropriate toys. I'd like to say age-appropriate, but it really depends. Most of my handhelds still work, including the GBA I got when I was 5. Sure, I lost the back cover for the batteries, but even then I would have never had the idea to THROW it. Geez. But I do have a personal example for children who have waaay too expensive toys for their age. My 5-year-old stepbrother has not only one 3DS, but two (one is from his mom, one from his dad), a DSi, a Wii and various other consoles. Although he doesn't throw them, I borrowed his 3DS once to test something, and it was covered with stains from food and whatnot! It was really gross. On top of that, he used my DSi once, and when I got it back, the touchpen was bent from him using too much force. That's not the most annoying thing about it (that would be that he thinks he knows everything about video games), but it does get on my nerves, especially when something doesn't work with the Wii and my dad says it's completely normal, that my stepbrother always gets fat and stuff on the discs and they won't run because of that.
i think i Nintendo ds, with it being aimed at a younger market, is alright to give to a child. as long as the parents has taught the child to respect things. but it annoys me when there is anyone younger than 12 with a fancy phone. no matter how much respect they have for the phone, its gonna brake. even with people my age, (17) they get broken
When I was around the age of 7, my parents had gotten me a Nintendo DS Lite for Christmas. It meant the world to me, and I wouldn't even let my friends use it! I cared for that thing, and guess what? Still have it, still works, and it still looks brand new! I once dropped it by accident, and started crying, believing I broke it! So, when my brother got around the same age, my parents got him a DSi XL, to see how responsible he'd be with it. Surprisingly, the only thing wrong with it is the amount of fingerprints all over it! Haha! I think it is mainly the parents fault if a kid doesn't take care of their gifts. I am a teenager, and I started crying over losing a cheep ring I got as a gift, while there are kids younger than me chucking around their iPhone's like the idiots they are...