Christmas gift ideas, from freebies to cheapies and biggies

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By Tiffany Markman

You may have read my last column, ‘Help! My kid has too many toys’. (If not, here it is.) You may be wondering what the hell else you’re supposed to get your friends’ and family members’ kiddies this Christmas, if they’re already at Max Toy Capacity.

If you’re not a maker/upcycler and you’re not into toy-swapping, here are 11 ideas:

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Trash : a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks

Loved it! It’s just a great film. Exciting, interesting, scary, suspenseful, satisfying, and full of colour and character. It’s an art film, because it’s mostly in Portuguese and because it’s way different from most of what Hollywood churns out, but that is its greatest strength.

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Gifts for kids that help with emotions

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By Mia Von Scha

If your child has made it onto Santa’s naughty list more than once this year, it might be time to give them some gifts that will help them to manage their emotions in the coming year.

Here are some of my favourites for helping kids manage and work through difficult emotional states.

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Teaching kids the gift of giving

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By Mia Von Scha

We have once again reached the time of consumer mayhem, and it is easy for our children to get the message that this time of the year is about buy buy buy and what’s in it for me. Now I’m all for children having wish lists and receiving gifts, but I’m also all for teaching the kind of gifts that last you a lifetime.

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The Boxtrolls is a sweet animated 3D fantasy adventure.

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By Joy Dembo

I’m not a huge fan of animated movies but I loved this cute movie! Its got it all… adventure, comedy, wonderful effects and an exciting and heart-warming story line.

The movie is set in England in the early 1800’s, where we find the people of Cheesebridge terrified by the rumours that Boxtrolls are kidnapping and murdering little children

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Help! My kid has too many toys

My kids have too many toys
By Tiffany Markman

I don’t know about you, but my kid’s playroom fills me with anxiety.

There are overflowing bookshelves.
There is a play kitchen – well, a play kitchen post a small earthquake.
There is a large blackboard, with multiple stompies of associated chalk.
There are enough plush animals, dolls and characters to fill an ark.
There is Lego. Crayons. Puzzles. Fluffy boas. Masks. Bottles of bubbles.

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The Drop: a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks

There is much to keep the kiddies away. This is a slow paced, suspenseful, thriller with more than it’s fair share of gore, be it is ever so subtle and understated.

Bottom Line

It isn’t often I give a film 5/5/. It requires a special mixture of style, panache, deep integrity, subtle grandeur and the ability to utterly enthral me. The Drop knocks it out of the park in every way.

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Tarzan 3D : a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks

This isn’t a good film. The story is a bizarre and incomprehensible take on a classic narrative that has stood the test of time practically unblemished. The animation is far below the standards we’ve come to expect from contemporary visual effects. And the rhythms and nuances of the film are just off enough to be jarring.

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Study tips for exams

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By Brad Wilmot

Around the country students are running critically short of time to learn all they need to ahead of the exams. Moms may well be anxious and taking on a helicopter approach to guide their child through the exams, and anxiety is very quickly becoming the order of the day. My advice at this time of the year is: keep it practical and uncomplicated.

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Exam stress

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By Fatima Kazee

November always seems like the longest month of the year to me. There’s the end of year functions, school prize-giving’s, concerts and…. Exams. The stress of the exams alone is enough to warrant a long beach holiday where there are no books, pens, Annie apples or Uppie umbrellas.

These days I know that I don’t have much to stress about since my boys are in the foundation phase of school, yet I still do. What if my son fails grade 1? …

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