Have others gotten presents from well meaning people that aren't so great?
Just wondering. No matter how much we told people to just bring themselves or that Aiden loves books if they insisted on giving us something, we ended up with a bunch of useless toys. I think this afternoon is going to be filled with returning stuff sadly. I HATE doing this because I know people put thought into things, but I also hate squirt bath toys b/c they grow mold, crib toys that Aiden doesn't need, crawling battery games since he's walking, and such. And then after that I'm gonna have gift cards and no idea what to get with them for Aiden! We don't need clothes other than maybe a warm sleeper or two. Guess I can save them for later in the year for things for him.
Ha! I would say for the most part I am okay with people decide to give my children UNLESS I otherwise say dont do this.. That is when I kinda get irriatated. I try to be grateful for their thought and money spent but in the end I have to take it back.
For example, every year I ask my In laws to not buy my children toys. My ds room is cram packed and he doesnt play with 75% of them, my dd1 is getting older and Im trying to weed out not weed in. But they still buy them toys. Two years ago I told them the kids needed clothes and not toys, so that Christmas they recieved 100 percent toys..
I would rather them get them something that is useful or even a combined present.. Its really a lost cause in my family though.
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For the most part it has been ok although he doesn't play with a lot of things he got for his birthday or if he does it's only for a second. He is much happier playing with an empty box or pushing a chair across the room. Lol I always tell people when they ask to get him clothes, bt they usually don't listen. No idea why! Before I had Lucas and parents requested clothes I would buy them no problem and if i still wanted to get a toy i would just get a small one.
For the most part, we get things I approve of. Most of my local friends are in the same boat so they respect the "no loud battery operated toy" request and my family is quite happy to purchase things off Teagan's Wish List. I'm a little worried about Christmas because we're visiting family we don't see often. I just know we're going to be coming back with all sorts of crap. I asked my sister to please spread the word that we will be traveling by PLANE and therefore unable to take back butt loads of crappy toys.
Don't feel too bad about returning things. I doubt the people who purchased them for him would be upset. After all, the gift should be something Aiden will really enjoy (and that you won't want to burn).
I haven't had much issue with the gift things. I actually feel like she gets shorted and that they could do more. They all bought way more stuff for our nephew's son for his first birthday then they did for Lyla's. Lyla got 4 gifts for her birthday and with one exception it was all clothes (which is totally cool, I wish they'd buy more clothes).
SIL and MIL actually LOVE buying clothes so all I have to do is tell them what size she's in or will be in. The issue I have is that SIL gets nasty worn out crap at garage sales/goodwill, and MIL buys nothing but purple because she thinks that is Lyla's color. So far I haven't returned anything. We'll see what happens at Christmas.
This part is OT, but I'm nervous about our son. I know they all adore Lyla, but I fear that 'Kole' will get more and more expensive gifts than Lyla. Don't ask my why, but I am afraid of that. I really, really don't ever want my daughter to feel like she is any less valuable in any way than her brother. Nobody would do that deliberately, but DH is most definitely the preferred child in his family.
Chirstmas is coming, many organisations gather toys for children that have none. You could pass them on to a good cause.
God gave Joseph his sister Juliet on November 19th, 2010.
I returned a bunch of stuff today. I have gift cards that I'm going to try to use Friday. Whatever money is left (which there will be lol) I'll buy stuff to donate. I can get a lot more for the money friday.
Aiden got very spoiled by my family and friends. Most don't have any kids of their own, so they don't really know what a one year old plays with (and apparently none of them believed me when I said that Aiden really does love books).