How annoying for you OP. I can't stand being given stuff that's not wanted or needed. I absolutely appreciate the sentiment but having a house of things that aren't used is such a waste of money. We have set up a bank account for DS that we will be depositing into and family are welcome to deposit too for birthdays, Xmas if they want to instead of gifts.
DS (3 mo) was spoilt, but luckily no one went overboard. I had to have a very stern convo with my mum recently because she had bought DS ridiculous amounts of things, but she has finally listened and got him a few nice things for Christmas rather than going overboard. I've been pretty vocal on people not buying loads of plastic toys, so he received books, a nursery rhyme cd, some cute personalized things with his name, an outdoor baby swing, and some parent approved toys from us I'm so glad people listened! I'm trying to get this nipped in the bud before it starts.
Agree with pp too, wooden toys all the way!
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26-12-2014 19:19 #11
26-12-2014 20:33 #12Senior Member
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After having this same problem with the inlaws we now get DSD and DSS to write a letter to Santa early - they normally write about 10 things each. We then allocate people to presents ie one each. Inevitably they get extra little things but it's helped a lot!
We also write down what they get from who and get them to do a thank you card if they can write or for the 6 year old he has to do a picture. It makes them be more grateful. We also do a big clean out of toys pre Xmas and go to the local hospital to donate.
26-12-2014 20:36 #13
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26-12-2014 22:23 #14
I'm firm- no presents and they put money into there accounts
Sounds grinch like but last year we had same problem 3 activity tables both bff, mil too I was like omg!! So they buy something useful eg bonds voucher. Yes kids won't like it but meh 😂 that's what birthdays are for
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26-12-2014 23:11 #15
I do the rotating thing. The majority will get put away and taken out a few things at a time. Although this year was awesome. Everyone asked if the kids needed anything and I gave them a few ideas. And they stuck to it!! So lots of books, crafts and outdoor toys.
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26-12-2014 23:19 #16
I've packed up a few things when DD wasn't looking and put them away. I'll bring them out when she gets cranky later on down the track...
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26-12-2014 23:31 #17
I initially said to everyone not to buy too many presents for my little one
But then I decided not to let it bother me. If it makes their Christmas better because they got to buy my baby a gift then great.
We ended up only buying a handful of Presents for her so it saved us money and made them happy.
We also have a rotation system- we still haven't used all the things we were bought when she was born.
Our plan is to keep everything in its packaging so if by next christmas it has not made its way into the rotation we can donate it to the wishing tree.
27-12-2014 08:05 #18Senior Member
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as a first time grandma i admit i went over board for my GS 6 months and you know what..i dont care in the slightest..........90% of it will stay here for when he comes to visit, the rest they will take home...... i kept the same tradition my grandma set up for me and my mum set up for my 2 kids .......... something to read, something to wear and something to keep forever....... plus i threw in many extras..... ..
27-12-2014 09:15 #19
I don't agree with overboard gift-giving for the kids, by the way, but there has to be a kinder solution for the kiddies. Perhaps putting older toys up in a cupboard and then rotating. Or donating older toys that they don't play with much.
OP - I can understand your frustration. My Mum and the kids father go very overboard. We compensate by giving very little to them and asking my sisters and Dad to just give books (can never have too many books) or something small and crafty.
27-12-2014 09:16 #20
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