Help me out here. I've had an ongoing conflict with my parents over appropriate gifts for Rowan. They like to spend way too much money and get her tons of things that she doesn't use and that we don't have room for. DH and I decided to put a stop to it and told my parents they had to limit it to 2 small gifts for Christmas. It led to a huge argument and my mom isn't really speaking to me right now because she thinks I'm infringing on her role as grandmother.
Anyway, a package from my parents arrived today, and there were two gifts in it for Rowan. Of course, I unwrapped them to see what they were, because I know my parents and I'm not taking any chances. And one of them is an American Girl doll, which is supposed to be for ages 8+. Also, there is a dog in the box, which is apparently a pet that can be bought with the doll. The dog looks like a stuffed animal, but is not at all soft or cuddly.
I don't think this is an appropriate gift. She's 2!!!! And now I don't know what I should do. It's not like I can return it or exchange it. I was thinking of setting it aside until she's older, but how long do I have to store this thing? Am I wrong in thinking that a toddler doesn't need this kind of doll? It's not for cuddling and dragging around, which is what she does with the dolls she has.
I was also thinking about getting Rowan something different and just pretending it's from my parents. Or maybe just giving her the second gift (a necklace my mom made that is age appropriate and that I know Rowan will love). I figure she won't miss it if she doesn't know there was supposed to be something else.
What do I do? Advice, please?