This year does look limp. He has some books, a few figures and not much else. Part of the issue is that he doesn't have to wait until Christmas to get football boots or clothes. We are very lucky. However this means that when it comes to Christmas and his birthday, it's goodies. As I pointed out to bear, he's a little old to be getting little ones' toys but he isn't quite a teenager. I told him I wasn't ready to buy him body spray yet, which made him laugh. I've been scrolling through eBay until I'm travel sick, but I haven't found much.
I should add that bear and DH are currently excavating bear's room. The wardrobe has finally collapsed so it needs to be replaced. I've seen one in IKEA for £39. It's not anywhere near as good as the Ben 10 one that is currently sitting in a sad puddle, but I'm not going crazy until he stops playing football in his bedroom.
This is what we have lost.
I got this image from playpennies from 2012, so probably no longer available. I'm quite sad. It was easy to get up the stairs and had two hanging rails, one above the other. It's being taken to the junk room for repurposing, as it is still sturdy, but it just had one too many encounters with small boys playing.
It was cheap, cheerful and had two hanging rails. At least we can still use it elsewhere.
And, to add insult to injury, the local cats have been using my flower bed as a toilet. There is a truckload. They must have saved it up for weeks. I am completely unimpressed, but I know how hard it is to keep cats off, especially as I suspect my garden is on the front line of a territory dispute. I'm going to put down some vinegar weedkiller and see how it goes.