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Help with birthday gift to 7 year old German Grand Daughter, please.

Help with birthday gift to 7 year old German Grand Daughter, please.

Old Jun 1st, 2017, 09:56 AM
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At 86 you sit with her and talk or read a book.
My uncle is much younger than you as he is only 84 and that is what he does.
I don't see him often enough but it is always a pleasure and the kids love him.
Enjoy your grand daughter Nuke. Give her joy that will give you even more joy.
Cheers !
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 10:38 AM
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Hi Nukesafe,

You may be a bit "creaky" for this but it could be something your grand daughter might enjoy. It's at the K21 museum in Dusseldorf, so it might be fun for the whole family. If I could only convince my husband we need to make a trip to Dusseldorf.

Dusseldorf is close to Aachen and it's a lovely little city.

Before you say, "take a kid to an art museum? Are you nuts? take a peek

http://www.kunstsammlung.de/en/in-orbit.html
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 11:20 AM
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Ooooh, LSKY, that is something I would love to see myself! I would break bones trying to climb about in it, but it looks wonderful!

I neglected to thank those who suggested books and/or reading with my GD. Great idea, but I'm afraid her English lessons have just started in her school, so while hugs and fond looks can help convey the love I feel for her, I'm afraid the spoken or written word will have to wait awhile, until her English improves or my German does (faint hope).
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 11:21 AM
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American Girl dolls are wonderful. I'm 35 and remember mine (Molly- she lived with her family in WWII era USA). Plus, you get to have tea parties
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 12:22 PM
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nuksafe, perhaps one of the simple books you would record would help with the English lessons. And she would hear Opa's
voice.
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 12:27 PM
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Good suggestion, Gomiki! I probably should have been doing something like that for the past seven years.
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 12:38 PM
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Nukesafe, 86 and still traveling. I am in my 70s and slowing down a lot. So happy travels and I hope your trip to see your son and Granddaughter is absolutely magical.
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 02:34 PM
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you may want to bring it with you since, at least here in Spain, all GIFTS over 20 euros are HIGHLY taxed on insured value PLUS postage. I had to pay a fortune to receive a lovely gift a friend did not want me to have to bring it back in my suitcase once. I ask everyone to NEVER send us anything form outside the EU.

Besides.. COULD get lost or stolen or delayed in post
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Old Jun 1st, 2017, 08:02 PM
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Me too, Nukesafe!

Think how much fun you will have taking the photos.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 06:34 AM
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nukesafe (my apologies for the misspelling earlier) I strongly agree with lincasanova's comments about shipping. In Germany anything with a value of over €30 is heavily taxed. We have had items not arrive. We have had items show up weeks later. DD has had to go to a central PO to retrieve a package that is then opened for a random inspection. We send few things now and mule them over when we visit.

I think bringing it with you is a much better/safer choice.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 08:42 AM
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I hate that advice about taking the present(s) with me, valid as it is, because I really like to travel light. I have had the same problem sending things to my Son. I one case the duty was so high he refused to accept the gift and it was returned. I then put a falsely low value on the declaration and resent it. That time it had no problems with customs, but arrived broken.

Sigh ----
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 08:51 AM
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I don't think the doll would take up too much room. You could break the box down flat and tape it together for gifting. Put a light bubble wrap around the doll and then wrap her in a t-shirt.

Best of luck!
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 09:29 AM
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American Girl dolls are great gifts for American girls because they all know all about them and understand the context. IMO they have done a superb job of marketing and thus can charge what I consider to be ridiculous prices considering what you are actually getting for the money. I have granddaughters and have not bought into the craze even though the other grandmothers have. I'll buy knock off clothes but refuse to set foot in the American Girl store.

In your situation what I would do is buy one of the knockoff Next Generation dolls at Target. Your granddaughter won't know the difference because she doesn't live in the US. There is not the same huge selection at Target, but if you can find an appropriate doll it is a much better financial decision. They also have lots of accessories. According to the moms of the granddaughters, the hair is better on the authentic American Girl doll, but that is the main difference.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 09:40 AM
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Does she like dolls?
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 09:46 AM
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I think a physical gift for a 7 year old is the best idea. You can also give an experience (for that I would ask the parents and the kid what they would like to do, not try to second guess). And yes you need to bring it with you, not ship.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 10:01 AM
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I'm sure you've checked into this, but as I recall those dolls are pretty big--break out your measuring tape to estimate just how big. If I swaddled it into my 21 inch carry on, not much else would fit!

Also, just because I'm already here: my goddaughter never liked dolls. I was quite disappointed not to be able to give her an American Girl doll, had planned to give her and her sister one each and then give accessories for years, lol, but neither of them wanted anything of the kind.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 11:12 AM
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I don't care what exactly you choose, I just think for a child that age opening a GIFT is more exciting that hearing about going to the park sometime in the future or whatever.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 11:46 AM
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Poor Nukesafe.

Forget the our Generation look-a-likes. Not the same. The Madame Alexanders are the prettiest and less expensive than the AG, but you still have the shipping issue.

I have the answer.

I just did some looking and found that the wonderful German doll maker, Gotz, makes a whole line now like American Girl, with history dolls, look like me dolls and story dolls of the year. They make a greater variety of faces and some are absolutely beautiful.

Look at their German website. If they have a store near your Son, take her and let her pick out exactly what she would like. Opening a gift is great, especially if it is just what the child would like, but going and picking it out is good too. I heard my little Granddaughter talking to her Grace doll one day, telling the doll she was her favorite because out of all her dolls and toys, Grace was the only one she picked out just for herself.

So, no shipping or taxes or packing it along. Enjoy the experience of seeing her select exactly one she will love.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 11:51 AM
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I agree, poor nukesafe!!

Sassafrass, that is a great suggestion.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2017, 12:01 PM
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Great suggestion!
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