Rule One - spend some money on them, first. Rule Two - let them spend some money from their doting grandmother. (And look - you wouldn't have found that little Lego knight in the meccano kit if you'd bought it new!)
Son 2's interpretation of Rule 2 - Dinosaur Top Trumps (on top of the recipe he cooked for grandma last night). He got an annoying Harry Potter wand too.
Quick aside- Son 1 made this great Norwegian dessert last night....
And then install them on a convenient bench (outsde Stockbridge Scotmid) where they can play their Nintendo DS games while I carry on shopping!
It worked a treat. I needed a handbag as the old favourite was fraying badly at the edges. Look what I found:
Good condition, real leather trims, WHAT'S THAT ON THE LABEL..?
Frankly, I think it's a fake despite the good workmanship, but everything fits neatly inside (for now).
Continuing the bright and pastel blue theme (and putting it all into my matching bag from Serenata), I got some great food-related items: more fondue forks in case we have more than 6 people at a time (we love choc fondues in the winter); silicon cup cake cases which, if they work, will be much more environmentally friendly and also cheaper than paper ones; a sweet enamel steak-and-kidney pie tin (although I won't use it for that) and two silvery napking rings (one pewter, I suspect) to make a more matching set for the kitchen table.
In Tesco I've also been stocking up on foodie essentials for Brits stuck in France as Christmas approaches (I made my own a few years ago - what a palaver!):Having completely forgotten to photograph the fleecy duffel-coat I bought, here is my last photo: a summery top and a roll of early 90s LA border (I loved that colour scheme at the time).
So we did it! Everyone had a good morning and I have had my fix of UK Charity Shopping for the autumn.
Apologies for the grainy photos, as Edinburgh is gloomy and my parents' photo editing programme seems to have lost a lot of its handy features! My mum is doing well and everyone is really enjoying the family time together.