Post # 1
Dear Mom’s of the world,
I can see your point of view. A little fuzzily because I do not have kids of my own and have not yet waded through knee deep present to find my toddler. I’m sure the day will come. Until then, hear my qualms.
Toys make noise. I try to pick the cool ones, the fun ones and the least annoying to mom ones. But let’s face it. Kids like these things. Language is good for them. And a LOT of toys make noise!! Have you walked down a toy aisle lately?? They’re just flooding the place. Someone ought to buy them to at the very least make the store a little quieter…
Teddy bears. I don’t know why moms hate these suckers so much?? Until I was like 15 I loved and cherished all my teddy bears. I still have like.. A bag full. I know who gave me each one and about when in my life and it’s a memory I love to have!! They’re soft, squishy, and compress into garbage bags easy. Put’em in a net, or in a bin.. They’re cute, kids like them.
The big things. Let’s be honest, they’re never so big they take up your whole living room. And they’re fun. And usually semi temporary anyways. When kids see big things, they’re eyes light up. We want a tiny bit of the glory too 😉
We love our nieces and nephews; we want to buy them gifts too! But with all these lists comig out these days, we’re out of ideas! I walk through the store and I’m going to be honest.. I want to buy these kids something other than pj’s!
At the very least, if you share these lists and don’t want anything we have to offer, would you do us a solid and come up with a plan for what you do want before December? Its 2 1/2 weeks until Christmas and all my SIL’s have to say is “I’m not sure, maybe check out the toys r us flyer” do you know how many talking toys they have??!
And when Christmas rolls around, would you do us one more favour? Maybe wait until we leave before you burn/hide/re wrap our presents to make some other family suffer with the noise. We’re trying and we’re really not out to make your lives miserable!
An Auntie who has no clue what to buy and will probaby screw it up again.
Post # 3
@lalalyanne: lol. buying for my nephew is so hard – he has EVERYTHING! Finally, what I did last year was buy him this video game learning toy (Fisher Price Smart Cycle) which was a bit above his age range so he has a little room to grow. Now he’s grown into it and for holidays I buy him new games for it.
If you can find something like that where you can build on the gift so to speak, I find it easiest!
Another idea is find a fun experience to do with him – a kid-friendly amusement park, science museum, etc? That way you can spend QT with him/her doing something they don’t get to do every day?!
Post # 4
+1 all the way!
My family members placed a bunch of restrictions on gifts so I don’t buy the kids anything anymore unless one of my brothers specifically creates an Amazon wish list filled with stuff one of their kids wants. I just send them money on their birthday and call it a day. I’m not going to spend a shit load of time trying to figure out what’s an acceptable gift and what’s not!
Post # 5
@lalalyanne: Oh man… I hear you. I’m generally pretty good about getting kids books or something educational and QUIET because my mom held a grudge against all her no-kids cousins for buying me loud toys and totally retailated when they had kids.
But this year I have an adorable, crazy nephew who is 1year old. My fiance loves him. He LOVES to play peek-a-boo and of course we say “Peek a boo Elmo” and FI just HAS TO get it for him. I tried to redirect him toward Duplo blocks or something quieter & softer because, really, my nephew is just going to pick up the elmo and throw it against the wall because that’s what he likes to do right now. But nope… elmo’s squeeky little voice will be heard throughout the land… until nephew breaks it about 10 minutes later. Great use of $30, beloved! SIGH
Post # 6
@lalalyanne: Right there with you. My SIL wont let us get anything loud, messy (includes crayons, playdoh, anything with glitter), anything with multiple pieces…
It gets annoying. Just let me buy whatever the heck I want to buy. If we do though she will say “That’s a grandmas house toy”
Post # 7
@lalalyanne: I just want to hug you. Agreed.
Post # 8
I think my FI and I have found the prefect non-loud, kid friendly gift for his nephew for this Christmas. It’s called Stomp Rocket Jr. Basically, a little thing that has foam rockets attached to a launch pad that the kid steps on to fire. It’s perfect, and I’m sure his 14 month old sister will inherit it when he grows out of it.
Post # 9
LOL. I pretty much just picked out what I wanted to buy my nephew and then made sure he didn’t have one. We got him a lime green Rody and damn if I’m not super excited to see him bounce his silly butt all over the house on that thing!
Post # 10
@MrsWBS: I got them a cash register once that they still love (this auntie worked retail for three years, figured everyone should know how to run a till haha) I wonder if tey have anything that could go along with that.. Hmmmm…
@MrsStayPuft: ah yes. When they kids guys older, I’m sure the day will come. They’re all under three though so the gifts are the fun part! Well they were the fun part…
@MexiPino: go FI. I secretly hope that Elmo talks forever 😉 hey.. I’d rather hear Elmo play peekaboo then have to do it over and over myself!!
@lolita39: ah yes.. The auntie house toys. We live in a teeny tiny house so that has only been threatened so far. We’re buying a house in July with a pool though so we’ll be glad glad to have the cool stuff at our house 😉 we’ll finally get to have a space for them to play in. Go ahead.. Threaten Aunty house toys, see if I care. I will just keep the kids all summer thank you very much 😛
@MrsJX3: thanks! I could use a hug before I go out in the mad shopping zone!!
@Misswhowedding: oh my Goodness. Sounds fun! I thought projectile toys were on the list Though? Ah heck with it. Sounds like too much fun to pass up!
Post # 11
@lalalyanne: That’s awesome! Good for you! 😀 and hell yeah POOL TIME
Post # 12
@MsJ2theZ: what’s a Rody? Sounds entertaining haha
Post # 13
@lolita39: yes! We are so pumped 😀 finally have space and something fun to entertain all the kids with. And keep cool, always a bonus!
We have talke extensively about how we get to be the ‘cool’ auntie and uncle. We’re the young ones (except my little brothers but they’re still teenagers) so we haven’t always had the best anything really because we’re young and semi poor haha. Not poor but you know, starting out. Grandams and other aunties and uncles have been trumping us for a while 😉
Post # 14
@lalalyanne: The foam rockets are crazy soft, like basically pool noodles. That’s how we got away with it. 🙂
We are the cool gift giving aunt and uncle, though. I’m creative when it comes to preasents. Like, for your teddy bear dillma up there, we got the nephew a plushie that was also a backpack. How can you really turn down a backpack for a child so they can carry around thier own stuff? 🙂
Post # 15
If parents need someone to blame for kids being kids, I’m ok with that being me.
I’m buying for a kid, it’s going to be something I hope they enjoy.
When you step on that LEGO left out because little buddy loves LEGOs and wants to play with them everyday, go ahead and curse my name. It’ll make you feel better. No hard feelings!
Post # 16
@lalalyanne: Yeah… I’m not sure how he’s going to feel about it when it becomes a “tio & tia’s house toy”. 😛 We have his little bike and a bag full of balls right now. On the one hand, he always complains when they drop the baby off for babysitting but don’t bring toys. On the other hand, I doubt he wants an apartment full of toys. HAHA.