Friday, July 1, 2011

Target Toy Sale and $100 Gift Card giveaway

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It is about this time of year that I start planning the Christmas presents for my cherubs. I take stock of what toys or games we already have around our home and begin to plan what would be suitable gifts to purchase at the end of the year. We start talking about it and start preparing for it as a family. We are big on Christmas in the Seven Cherubs house and love a good gift giving session!

One of my must visit stores for purchasing Christmas presents is Target and one of my must attend events is the BIG Australian Target Toy Sale held each year. Before attending this event we eagerly await our catalogue to arrive in the mail and then I sit down and devour the catalogue, deciding what would be the best gifts to purchase. I try to choose wisely what would best suit each child and try to budget carefully so that it is not a large expense for us at the end of the year.

The cherubs treat the Target catalogue as a greatly treasured book and love to circle each toy that they really want. With over 250 exclusive toys it is a tough choice! Some years nearly all of the Target catalogue is circled, of course, but they have slowly learned to only circle a few items that they really want the most.

The reasons I put so much effort into attending this event is because I know that there are huge discounts on many items in the Target store and after comparing prices it is well worth my effort for the savings I will make. There are many half price items available on some of Australia's biggest brands.

I then plan and prepare myself to attend the big rush and crush of the Target Toy Sale. This often involves getting a babysitter, an early morning and a circled catalogue firmly held in my hand ready to be consulted every couple of minutes, to check I have the right item and price going into my trolley. Believe me with seven cherubs I sure need a trolley.


The first day of the sales is normally super busy, super crazy and super frantic!

This year Target is introducing an early bird offer to help out Target Toy Sale groupies like me. The Target Toy Sale kicks off on July 21st and guess what! you do not have to wait until then to take advantage of the great prices. From June 29th you can go online and reserve your favourite toys with the early bird Lay By List.

What an awesome idea! no stressing in store, wrestling with a trolley and missing out. You can sit at home, hot chocolate in hand, shop on line and secure great gifts for your cherubs.

Of course, you still need to hurry as there are limited items available online.

Here are the steps to make it happen:

1. Go to target.com.au
2. Search the toys available.
3. Register and create your list.
4. Select your lay-by location (your nearest Target store).
5. Submit your list (You will then receive an email confirmation including PDF files)
6. PRINT the email confirmation and take to your nominated store to activate your lay-by (10% deposit required) on or before Wednesday 3rd August 2011.

*After submitting your lay-by list, please wait until the following day before activating in store.

To celebrate the launch of this wonderful early bird offer Target is giving a Seven Cherubs reader the chance to win a $100 Target Gift voucher to spend in store. Check out the terms and conditions HERE.


Here are the guidelines:

1. Add yourself as a follower on my blog
2. Open to Aussie residents only
3. Entries close 12th July, 2011
4. Leave a comment below to enter and tell me:

What toy do you want to most put on lay-by???


Giveaway now closed.
*Waiting for chosen winner from company.

86 comments:

  1. Hi Naomi
    I've been a follower from way back and just loved how your blog has evolved :) With a large family, I also love the toy sales, especially Target, for me they offer the best savings :) We will be laybying lots of littlest pet shop as my kids are MAD about them. Keep up the good work :) Cheers Sue http://notenoughbutter.blogspot.com/

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  2. I love Target Toy Sales. They are awesome. I actually lay-byed all our toys last night. I'm loving the new lay-by option.

    We had to get everything Cars 2 but definitely the massive Cars 2 tent.
    xxx

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  3. I'm going to get myself a Wii! And I might even let some kids use it too.

    http://chickensandbees.blogspot.com

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  4. I would love to put a wii fit board on laybuy <3 (I need xmas pressies too right?)

    Thanks :)

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  5. I am a follower of your blog.
    My favourite toys for lay by are LEGOs condtruction sets, Water play area for kids and hot wheels cars.
    Would love to win this giveaway so that i can add some more toys to my list.

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  6. I have followed you for a while now too. I would layby the enclosed trampoline; my kids have been wanting one for years, and its something all 4 of them can use. :) Thank you for offering such a generous prize.

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  7. I think this year I'll put some more Lego on layby for my big boy and maybe some DS games for my little one.

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  8. Hi N,

    I've been following your blog for a while & always waiting in anticipation for the next :)

    I love a good sale, the first year I went to a Target one I didn't know what I was in for....I'm more wise now. Also this year I'm planning for my 4 year old, more things that don't have batteries and that light up his imagination, like the old days when simple was often the best!

    Would love to win the giveaway so I can stock up on some duplo and other gorgeous active toys for my little man.

    Cheers :)

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  9. I am loving the Target Early Bird layby! Absolutely brilliant concept, and great for them given the BigW and KMart toy sales start today and theirs doesn't start for another month.

    This year its bikes for the kids! They only have their trikes and they're now old enough for bikes with training wheels, so those and helmets are on the top of my layby list.

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  10. oh, i was just at target this morning, and had to tear my almost three year old away from the toy section. i believe we can lay-by online now, which will save a lot of time standing in line, which is super awesome!
    i would love to win this comp so i can splurge on my little ones :)

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  11. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
    I love the idea of shopping for toys online with a hot chocolate in hand.
    Thank you for the step-by-step instructions, I'll sharing this on for sure!

    Please pop my name into your giveaway hat, this prize would make a difference to our Christmas shopping.

    xx Felicity

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  12. This Christmas, to avoid the kids looking sad,
    I’d like Barbie’s for the miss and Lego for the lad.

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  13. A swing set, so I don't have to store it til the big red guy comes!

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  14. I do nearly all my shopping online now - so much easier and far less stress! LOL!
    This year I'm keen to get the girls a dolls house. I think we've come to that point... ;)

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  15. Oh..I love a good toy sale. It's always so hard to choose though, there's always so much that's discounted! I'm checking out the Leapster Explorer's my my miss nearly 5, it's her birthday in a few weeks and she's had her eye on it for ages....and Target have it at half price!!

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  16. Layby Lego Lego and more construction sets because they are indestructible with my boys and will last for years.

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  17. Im a follower.

    Does an Ipad 2 count??

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  18. I know that I am not eligible for the drawing, but I think I am going to check target online in the USA and see when the next toy sale is. I have a couple of girls who really want a bike this year!!

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  19. I love this time of year for the 'sales' We will be lay-buying the bright wooden kitchen (page 13 of the catalogue). My little 2 yr old girl is the cutest, cooking enthusiast and this would be the ultimate pressie found under the Christmas Tree. Thank you Naomi, and Thank you Target for Christmas wishes coming true and being Santa's helper ;).
    dotdot@westnet.com.au

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  20. L-ove to build and create

    E-very lego piece is great

    G-ot to put layby on a set

    O-r they'll go faster than a jet

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  21. Oooh, we are planninng on getting a Cars 2 Boombox for the little dude and a Barbie Boombox for the Bug. Not exactly fun fun but practical and pretty cool too ;)

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  22. This year after a trampoline and duplo/lego for the kids and the hubby! Thanks for all your inspiration, love your blog!

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  23. 'Nin'-e out of 'ten' 'do' I console myself wiith toys. Wiith a Target gift card, I'll buy a Nintendo Wii instead

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  24. Hello roomie! We love the toy sales especially the Target one...now I'm off to peruse the online catalogue for..LEGO....of course!

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  25. DS games for the little Miss, she is getting a hot pink DSi for her birthday so we need to stock up on games :)

    x

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  26. I'm already a follower. I would love to buy my 22 month old the These Young Ones RC Chopper. His vocalbulary is quite extensive and the latest word is "copta". Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. 3 Little girls all with ideas,
    went through the catalogues with joy.
    Christmas is not the time for tears,
    So here's part of their list. Ready, Oh boy!

    Up the top is a dollshouse & kitchen set.
    Down the list is a Leapstar 2 and DSi,
    Go on mum, be a pet,
    make sure you give us our piece of the pie!

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  28. Follower for some time. Love the online catalogs and pre xmas layby. Ummm now what would I be laybying I think it would be the Fureal Puppy for my 6 year old as she is animal mad but we are still renting so "Absolutely No Pets" (bahhumbug) and she has been so good at understanding this/patient about the 'one day' factor and maybe a scooter for my 4yo as hes riding his big sisters pink one at the moment (and her pink bike) kinda ok about it but starting to notice and ask for his own. And eyeing off the large trampoline as ours from many christmases ago is on its way out and is used every day. Thanks Michele hillme71@gmail.com

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  29. 2 x Nintendo DS on the cards this year. Every bit helps.

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  31. I would love to get my gorgeous son a Disney Cars 2 Go Kart. He is obsessed with Lightening McQueen and loves saying 'Kerchow!' He was good as gold recently at the movies when we took him to see Cars 2 and sat there mesmorised which I thought pretty good for an under 3 year old. He has been through some tough times diagnosed with a hole in his heart at 5 days old and a severe peanut, tree-nut and sesame seed allergy yet he displays all the feisty qualities of his hero. We are very proud of him:)

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  32. It will be a Wii Fit for me.... Something Barbie and sparkly for miss 4 and the most exciting of all a First Christmas present for our little man who will be 8 months on Chrissy Day - What do you buy boys??....cant wait to explore and find out!

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  33. Following as babycakequeen :D

    The toy I'd most love to put on layby is an iPad 2. It would help me blog when I'm out and I would never, ever lose a great idea ever again!

    Thanks for the opportunity xoxoxo
    Amanda from Amanda's Mummy Jeans

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  34. I just desperately want a GIANT trampoline! My hubby thinks I'm crazy as the yard isn't that big, but it has to be a big one because I plan to be jumping on it all the time too!

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  35. For myself and Ipad2! For the kids new Tag reading books.. They love them!

    Have fun shopping! Off to check out the Target sale online :D Thanks for the heads up..

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  36. Old-time follower...

    Hmm, I dream of an iPad2, but in reality, my little guy will be getting one of those ride-on bike/truck/scooter things.

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  37. Bikes for my 3 cherubs - Master 7 needs to learn to ride one properly, as does Miss 5 (their bikes are now way too small for them!) while little Miss 1 would LOVE a smart trike to keep up with them.

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  38. 4 x IPad 2's - for the 4 kids in my house...my 13 year old, my 14 year old, my 45 year old (hubby) & the 41 year old (me). Is the IPad considered a toy? :). We all really want one!

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  39. Already a big "Seven Cherubs" follower.
    Definitely would go towards an ipad. We need another one badly in this house!

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  40. I've just seen the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate water table. My boys would love it! (and possibly the biggest boy too!)

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  41. im already a happy follower of your blog.
    the thing i would layby at target for the toy sale is a trampoline. our kids have a small one at the moment and its tight being able to fit 3 bodies on it at the moment, there will be four when our boy gets older. :0)

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  42. Oooh. Well it has to be for the girls and Lalaloopsy is the bees knees at the moment apparently soooo ...

    I might get them a zhu zhu pet playset. Is that mean?

    No seriously. I have already taken advantage of the early bird sale and put a few things on my list but I still need to visit the store for a couple of things not available online. (Boo!).

    Maybe they really need an iPad instead. LOL

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  43. This year I'm hoping to buy a little toy kitchen for my youngest...so she can 'make' delectable goodies for all her dolls.

    I love the Toy sale at Target every year...it's my one-stop shop for everything!

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  44. What a great idea to lay by on line.Loving Target..Great giveaway,it certainly would be a great help towards the pressies..xx

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  45. OOPs I forgot to tell you the favourite toy..Anything to do with X-boxes for sure..xx

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  46. I am already a very happy reader of your most excellent blog.
    For Miss 8 I would buy a bike, she is trying to learn to ride on one that is far too small for her.
    For Miss 6 I would buy a bike, she still has a tricycle. lol
    For Master 3 I would buy a fire engine, a digger, or anything Thomas related. That would make him ecstatic.
    For Master 18 months I would buy him a cuddly tigger. One of his favourite things is a good cuddle.
    Thank you Naomi at Seven Cherubs and thank you Target!

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  47. I subscribe to your blogs feed... does that count?
    And lego lego lego! It seems my kids can't get enough lego! LOL

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  48. Jiggling, jumping, fun and play, wearing the kids out at day.

    The Action Air Adventure Combo Inflatable Jumping Castle oh so much fun, to tire them out one bye one...

    thanks for the fab giveaway!

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  49. Lovin your blog,
    technology gear here for my lot, Ipod's, DSi,PSP's, got to love layby's

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  50. I think it's fantastic that they're making it available online now.
    I really want to layby a Wii fit for me and my boys are right in to their Lego at the moment so definitely more of that.

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  51. I'm following as Di from Max The Unicorn :)
    I'd love to layby some Nintendo DS games for my son. He only has the one game; Mario Kart, but he plays it to death!

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  52. I'd love to put a trampoline on layby, one that is big enough for the 4 kids to be on at the same time if i could, but at least one that will hold Miss 5 and Mr 3 at the same time now.

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  53. I most want to layby Roo a Jessie Toy Story talking doll, and some push along bikes for the boys!
    I follow you already :)

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  54. My little girl is only one, so I'm still contemplating what to get her for Christmas (cause I have no clue about this stuff!) but an extra hundred at Target would certainly come in handy! If not for her, then maybe for a car seat for number 2 due around Christmas day-eeep!

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  55. I am looking forward to getting my daughter a new digital camera .. she loves editing videos and pictures and will be rapt to be able to take her own :)

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  56. For us it is a big trampolin.
    Campbell love's going and playing on his cousin's. He just lights up when he sees it.

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  57. I have big plans for Christmas.!!
    I plan NOT to buy the whole toy section on an impulse.
    Having said that, I have been trying not to do that for years and it never happens.
    A voucher would be massively helpful.
    Christmas leaves everyone I know broke, now imagine buying for 12 people (that's just immediate family) and having your son's birthday on Christmas Day.!
    The voucher would be a great help to myself, or even my poor Mum and would help save us $100 to at least spend on the food for the day, haha :)

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  58. Bikes, lego, my little ponies :) So glad we can layby things online this year! I wasn't looking forward to waiting in line for an hour like last year :)

    xo

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  59. A huge trampoline for my growing boys :)

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  60. For me, it HAS to be lego. And this year? Well I want the MASSIVE Hogwart's castle set. Nope, I'm not greedy. Haha.

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  61. Harry Potter Lego for my big boy and something from Leapfrog for my little boy :-)

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  62. I'm a new follower (I was actually number 800) but I love your blog, as a fellow large family mum I enjoy reading about your family.
    Keep up the great work.

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  63. I’d love to put the Barbie 6v Vespa Scooter for my little girl.

    The poor thing has a big brother, so she gets all of the hand me downs.

    She’d be so pleased to have her own scooter – and make the boys jealous!!

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  64. Im a follower of your blog on Google Friend Connect. I would most love to buy a Cars Scooter for my eldest son and for his younger brother a little bike or trike (cant decide on which)
    Actually really anything to do with Cars as they both love it :)
    candy3181@hotmail.com

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  65. With 3 little girls anything Barbie (although they don't need it) or a Swing Set / Playset for the outdoors.. Now we have our own home we can deck out the backyard for the kids.

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  66. Our little cherub loves to play.
    With quality toys she'll play all day.
    At Target lay-bying her first bike will save a ton.
    We'll swap loose change for our little girl's fun.

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  67. Our little cherub loves to play.
    With quality toys she'll play all day.
    At Target lay-bying her first bike will save a ton.
    We'll swap loose change for our little girl's fun.

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  68. kristy SweeneyJuly 07, 2011

    I have an ipod on layby for my son and a Cubby House for my daughter. I cant wait to see their faces on christmas morning.

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  69. An ipod, my friends around me all have one and they tease me saying that I'm a technological dump as I don't know how to use ipod's. Then i'll also have something to sing too while vacumming.

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  70. Definitely the "Andy's Toy Collection Buzz Lightyear"... Mstr 4 has been asking for that one for ages!!

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  71. Definitely the "Andy's Toy Collection Buzz Lightyear"... Mstr 4 has been asking for that one for ages!!

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  72. Hi Naomi,

    with 5 cherubs of my own, I hear you on needing a trolley for the toy sale! Target is awesome for Christmas shopping, I love it!

    I'd love to get the lego hogwarts castle to add to the lego collection for the kiddos!

    Thanks for your generosity. x

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  73. Anything Lego! We are trying to build our lego collection at the moment as my eldest is really getting into it and it is something we can do as a whole family. The kids love it.

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  74. It would have to be Lego Lego Lego on my shopping spree :)

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  75. My little guy really wants some wooden building block. :)

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  76. I would love layby a little thomas sofa and some new thomas trains - We have an obessedchild :D

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  77. What a cool giveaway! Naomi, I know you are inundated by giveaways at the moment and your post about blogging verus family really touched me.

    I rarely enter giveaways these days, but this is a GOOD one!

    Targets concept of online list making and early laybying is GOLD.

    I NEVER EVER have ventured to any of the big mid year toy sales, ever.

    BUT, becasue Target are making it so busy mummy friendly, I am, for the first time ever, going to go for it!

    I will be laybying...Zhu Zhu Pets for Olivia, Lego for Charlie, and Polly Pocket stuff for Lexie, and the Leap Frog Interactive Globe for all of them!

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  78. Two of my grandsons live interstate so I don't see them very often. A Thomas under the bed wooden play table might be nice to layby for them.

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  79. I'll be doing this again for our kids, its so difficult getting to the shops with the kids, but the boys are so loving cars 2 so I think they will be getting the remote control cars!

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  80. Oooo I would love to layby one of those whopping big trampolines. I think I would get as much enjoyment out of it as the kids!

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  81. uuuum i know this is highly immature but i would loooove one of those toy gun thingies that shoot out spitballs... the things i could do to my co-workers, haha!

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  82. We have a new little boy,
    We're looking for a Christmas toy.
    The jolly jumper is the one,
    Lots and lots and lots of FUN!
    russellcathryn@yahoo.com.au

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  83. I would love to get my daughter the dolls house, it is gorgeous and as she will be 3 this year, it will be a present that will last her a very long time!!

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  84. I would love to get my daughter the dolls house, it is gorgeous and as she will be 3 this year, it will be a present that will last her a very long time!!

    bluebutterflyme@hotmail.com

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  85. i love to do the xmas laybuys-makes it so much easier around xmas time and takes the running and looking for gifts out of the way

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  86. Its a trampoline this year. The kids love playing on their friends and cousins ones, so for santa to surprise them with one for them would be absolutely magic and it's so much fun, even for mum and dad.

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