Post # 1
Another post and something in the news today made me think of this – what kinds of gifts do you try and gently (or not so gently) dissuade people from getting your kids at Christmas?
Generally, I’m of the belief that gifts are the choice of the giver, especially if they are gifts for an adult. When it comes to kids, though, there are a ton of complicating factors – some parents hate stuffed animals (there are always too many in the house), Barbies (gender implications, body image, etc), toy guns (too violent), video games, etc.
We don’t have too many moral objections to toys generally, but we have space constrictions (tiny apartment) – and we have a daughter who won’t touch a Barbie/baby doll/jewellery kit with a ten foot pole and is really into science, dinosaurs, lego (and not the new girly ones) and history. She’s been taught to be gracious about any gifts she receives, but it can be disappointing to her since she’s still a kid.
We’re hoping for no incredibly loud toys, no Barbies, and nothing that takes up half the space in her little bedroom :p
Post # 4
I don’t have kids, but I live with my 7 and 10 year old siblings.
I’m praying for no Furbys! They creep me out! No loud toys either. haha Thier voices are far loud enough.
Post # 5
@julies1949: bahaha, I got my nephew a drum set. Yes, I am “that” aunt. I did get a giant box of chocolates to go with it.
Also Nerf guns with extra bullets and the fastest sled made. My SIL will get me back, of that I am sure. Lol
Post # 6
This thing. I am AFRAID of this thing–when my niece and nephew were little, my sister bought it for them. It wouldn’t stop talking. It would talk from inside a locked closet. One day, while babysitting, I took out the batteries, and I swear I hear that damn thing laugh.
I said over and over that I didn’t want one.
Guess what came in a bag of hand-me-down toys this weekend. 🙁
Post # 7
I am desperately praying for no more road rippers trucks they are obnoxious and go off even when no one is near it!
Post # 8
Anything that involves food, like the easy-bake oven. My step-daughter got one for christmas last year, used up the supplies it came with, and now it sits taking up space. She also got a smoothie maker that never worked anyways. I’m all for gifts that take up little space or things I know will get used over and over again (without having to buy anything else).
Post # 9
@tksjewelry: Ha ha! I’m “that” aunt too. In fact, my husband and I were shopping for gifts this summer for kids of friends of ours, picking out the noisy ones, as per usual, and we suddenly turned to each other and said at the same time, “we are so screwed when the baby arrives”. My brother alone has years of revenge to get back at us for…
Post # 10
Omg we have that & it’s soooo creepy/ annoying. I try to dissuade people from toys altogether. I know, im a grinch. We just have so many & so little space & he hardly plays with them. I encourage books, puzzles, clothing & outdoor gear.
Post # 11
@Shosha1: HA! We would definitely be getting you back :p Luckily I lived with my parents when my daughter was young so they never bought loud or crazy toys because they didn’t want to be tortured by them, either. Now that she’s bigger, I’m pretty sure everyone in our family can appreciate she probably doesn’t need a drum set or anything else to amplify her already rather loud volume 😉
@Quietserenity: I have always been SO thankful no one tortured us with things like that. One Christmas, a talking Dora doll arrived via a friend’s mother… Poor Dora mysteriously met her end when I discovered how to remove the batteries. I hate these things! They always go off randomly and scare the heck out of everyone.
@les105: We are the book family for sure – most everyone knows our preference is for games we can play as a family, books, or science experiments. We’ve stopped buying our daughter toys because my SO’s mother and grandmother always get them; we give almost only non-toy gifts both to her and to her friends for birthdays.