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Hi Grandmas and Grandpas I NEED YOUR HELP!

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mile24 Mon 15-Jun-15 19:41:15


My name is Milena and i am doing the last year of my masters and my last project is a research on children's wear!

From my research I have noticed that all marketing strategies target mums. However, they not the only ones that buy clothe's and stuff for kids.

I believe grandparents and dads have a big influence as well. It has been difficult for me to do the research as I don't have kids yet!


I would like to ask you, do you often buy clothes for your grandchildren?
and if so, what is the first thing you look for? (quality, comfort, price?)

what is the most difficult thing when buying clothes for your grandchildren?
and my last question, what is your favourite store to buy children's wear?


this would really help me to find out a bit more about this world.

Grannyknot Mon 15-Jun-15 19:49:51

Hi Milena. I buy for my baby grandson impulsively and on a whim; usually "fun clothes" that his parents may not buy because they buy the "sensible" or needed stuff. Sometimes I ask what he needs and then I buy that. I am as careful with not being extravagant as I would with any purchase. I buy the best quality I can afford.

Hope that helps, good luck with your research.

J52 Mon 15-Jun-15 19:54:37

Every couple of months I pass an excellent outlet retail park. I buy extras for my GDs.

I buy whatever is a bargain from the well known, mid market stores.

I always buy 100% natural materials, cotton, wool and leather for the shoes.


Deedaa Mon 15-Jun-15 21:03:35

I'm afraid I'm very boring Milena and buy mainly in M&S. Mainly things that catch my eye as I pass through, particularly if I've got one of the grandsons with me. Washability is obviously important and I like unusual colours, preferably without cartoon characters!

Mishap Mon 15-Jun-15 21:11:12

Yes I often buy clothes for my GC.
I look for good quality hard-wearing clothes and those that have no cartoon characters or other garbage all over them! - just classic plains, stripes etc.
Most difficult thing is sizing.
M&S, Mothercare.

whitewave Mon 15-Jun-15 21:14:18

Not any more as my grandchildren are teenagers and wouldn't appreciate nan buying their clothes!! But when I did M&S and like mishap classic stuff.

GrandmaKT Mon 15-Jun-15 22:26:19

MY GS is only one, but I've bought him a few outfits so far. I buy good quality - usually in the sales. The difficult thing is sizing of course, as they live at the other end of the country and he grows so fast! Also, I try to choose clothes that I think my DIL will like. My favourite store is TK Maxx, or little local independents.

Nelliemoser Mon 15-Jun-15 22:49:39

I have a DGS 33 mths who has an male cousin 5mnths older. My DGS has had a lot of stuff handed down and DD buys on Ebay etc.

There is little point in me buying him stuff. I would not go for an expensive anything when they are so small unless there was a really special occasion. He usually looks OK.
They do grow out of clothes very quickly. DGS can play without having to worry about messing up his everyday clothes. When he is older and more particular it will probably be different

I bought his new baby brother (6/52) an outfit for the summer. He is so much bigger than DGS1 was at the same age that he has nearly grown out of that already. I will leave his wardrobe for his mum to sort out.

janerowena Mon 15-Jun-15 22:57:08

I buy masses of things on Ebay, mostly new without tags. It's because they grow so fast, and I think that children's clothes have become outrageously expensive.

The other reason is, I can buy clothes out of season. If I want to buy a Christmas party frock in May when I have more money, I can, and then put it aside for later. M&S, Littlewoods and others have outlet stores on Ebay, and they are very useful as they sell for half the original price in many cases.

suzied Tue 16-Jun-15 06:55:10

I have 4 granddaughters aged 5-10 and I love getting clothes for them. I am a seamstress as well so love making dresses and skirts for them in liberty prints which would be outrageously expensive to buy ready to wear. For fun outfits I like H and M , Zara Kids , Cos I did buy them all some T shirts from H and M which had kittens and ponies on with glittery crowns , which they love but the mums wouldn't buy. They like Hello Kitty and My Little Pony stuff ( or the younger ones do) so I did buy some PJs with those on for Christmas.

TwiceAsNice Tue 16-Jun-15 07:14:08

Hi I buy clothes regularly for my 6 year old twin granddaughters. They often wear the same or similar outfits in different colours or prints. They have been the same size for a long time but recently one is a size bigger. I buy in M&S Next and Gap kids mostly if I buy in stores but the bulk of their clothes I buy online at Boden which is unusual and good quality (which I think is very important) but is pretty expensive so my daughter and I try and earmark what we like and buy in their flash sales which they have often. I started a tradition when they were born that I bought them a new dress each for their birthday and Christmas Day. I used to also buy for them at Jo Jo Maman Bebe but unfortunately their clothes, which were lovely stop at size 5-6 so are now too small for them, we would still buy from there if they had bigger sizes.

FlicketyB Tue 16-Jun-15 08:36:02

I bought for DGD until she was 5. At that point she developed very firm ideas on what she would and wouldn't wear and as I could not keep up with these, I stopped buying her clothes. I buy less for DGS, simply because boys clothes are so similar and I buy what takes my fancy.

My DS and DDiL were the last in their peer group to have children so were inundated with outgrown children's clothes from all their friends. Any clothes I bought, therefore were special extras, not necessaries. In which case I bought on a whim and on style - and price, most emphatically, I have never believed in buying expensive clothes for children, who wear them for such a short time before they are outgrown.

Where did I buy them? Mainly in France, mainly at Leclerc, a supermarket chain equivalent to Sainsburys, mainly because that is our local supermarket there. In the UK mainly at Sainsburys, because of the design.

hildajenniJ Tue 16-Jun-15 08:36:17

My DGS's have sensory problems and need really soft clothing. I tend to buy sweaters from outdoor stores, really soft fleecy fabric. Otherwise I buy from large supermarkets eg Tesco and Sainsbury's, as they are very reasonably priced and I have 4gc.

downtoearth Tue 16-Jun-15 09:41:30

for the littlest who will 3 in August If I se a bargain and I have some money will get for her normally Tesco whilst shopping,older GD who is nearly 17 likes designer sports clothing and has done for many yearsso will either give her money for xmas/birthdays to buy ,general leggings etc primark..

Pippa000 Tue 16-Jun-15 10:00:02

I buy novelty things that I know they will like, for example my 3 years old grandson is in love with tractors, so any thing with tractors on, where as granddaughter is in her 'princess' stage so pretty flouncy things. But I also knit character sweaters. Mother owns a children's clothing trade business so anything practical is already covered.

Nonnie Tue 16-Jun-15 10:21:39

I buy for a GS who doesn't live in the UK so anything which is different from what the other children where he lives wear.

I like buying from small shops, not the big chains, when I buy special clothes but get everyday things from the chains.

For the other who do live in the UK I only buy special clothes they can keep at their father's house because their mother only sends them to him in their worst things! If they take anything we buy back to their mother's house she either 'loses it' or it gets 'damaged'.

I do think that if children are nicely dressed they get more compliments and that helps if they have low self esteem as in the case of one of my gc.

confusedbeetle Tue 16-Jun-15 17:14:43

I am very careful what I buy, it has to be in line with DILs choice of clothing not mine. I will happily buy for the newborns but for older grandchildren I try to keep to the style mum likes and always always give her a receipt to change things

petra Tue 16-Jun-15 18:51:32

I buy for my DGC, style being the most important thing.

Lys60 Tue 16-Jun-15 19:22:57

I buy in Next and the exceedingly good IMO George @ Asda.

I look for quality and comfort and of course value for money.

Yes of course I check what mum and dad need but I like to do buy treats like a beautiful pink cardi with bunnies on from Next for my 13 week old DGD.......

Ana Tue 16-Jun-15 19:39:43

I wonder why it is that some of these student requests are met with derision and others get so many helpful responses? confused

MamaCaz Tue 16-Jun-15 20:21:59

I have bought the DGC (age 2 & 4) very few clothes. They already have enough clothes in their wardrobes to see them through the next few years if necessary. A lot of it is second hand, passed down from family and friends, but is of good quality and still in great condition. They don't need any more!
I've seen new clothes given for birthdays/Christmas go unworn, so although I'm very tempted every time I walk through the children's clothing section of a shop, I'm not going to risk buying something that isn't needed and might not be used. I don't have the money to waste.

The only clothing that I recall having bought for them in the last two years have been brand new underwear (supermarket) and slippers (in a sale), to be kept at my house as spares (I look after them here for up to three days a week), and second-hand coats and wellies from charity shops, also to be kept here.

Nelliemoser Wed 17-Jun-15 07:37:27

Mamacaz my sentiments exactly. Designer clothes are fine for a big occasion, but the price and the speed with which the littlies grow out of them makes it a bit of a waste.

I would be worrying about them playing in outside in expensive clothes that will get muddy or painty, as small kids should be doing.
Places like ASDA sell some good stuff.

Anya Wed 17-Jun-15 07:51:15

I buy them shoes. A pair of school shoes each at the beginning of the Autumn Term, and a pair of casual summer shoes instead of an Easter egg.

mile24 Sat 20-Jun-15 13:23:07

Thank you so much you have been very helpful!

can I ask you, What do you think about specialized retailers like Mothercare or mamas and papas, have you ever bought something from there??

FlicketyB Sat 20-Jun-15 13:34:51

We have bought equipment from both, but my clothes buying for GC is mainly on a whim and that means buying in shops I am already in for other reasons; like supermarkets here and in France.