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Offline Eric

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People buying your kids gifts
« on: May 01, 2011, 05:11:02 AM »
Any tips on how to deal with others buying your kids gifts?  We usually have just about everything we need (I am grateful for this) and he doesn't need seven hundred plastic toys or 65 outfits. 

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Re: People buying your kids gifts
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011, 06:25:30 AM »
A lot depends on who bought them. If they come from grandma or grandpa (or great grandparents) you should keep them.  If they come from Aunt Bill or Uncle Susie, and you don't see them that much or you never really liked them anyway you can give the gifts to charity like Toys for Tots or the local children's hospital.



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Re: People buying your kids gifts
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 05:17:00 PM »
What Paleo Dude said.  Also, once grandma or grandpa has seen the kid in the outfit once, you can throw it out if you don't like it.

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Re: People buying your kids gifts
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2011, 04:09:53 PM »
We have a lot of gift giving folks ask the types of things our children need/want.  When they do, or even if gift giving time is close, I make suggestions of the things that run out.  Bubbles, paper, crayons, clay, side walk chalk, etc. books, coloring books, craft sets, finger paints, water colors.

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Re: People buying your kids gifts
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2011, 03:48:19 AM »
I think you also have to acknowledge that people want to buy gifts and that's important. You can control what kinds of gifts if you are tactful, you can encourage people to ask you what he needs or wants and let people know that you plan to 'recycle' the toys because that's a good thing for your child to learn.

When a bit older, you can ask for plants to grow, stuff to use for making cards and small gifts so that your child gives the stuff back again. Being able to keep some toys in the cupboard for 'special' is really useful.

The baby clothes and soft toys die out of their own accord after a bit.




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Re: People buying your kids gifts
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2011, 09:06:56 AM »
My wife still has plush toys that she got when she was a toddler....

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Re: People buying your kids gifts
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2011, 09:38:18 AM »
My wife still has plush toys that she got when she was a toddler....

Me too Warren! Just one, and I refuse to ever part with it.

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Re: People buying your kids gifts
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2011, 10:21:06 AM »
you could make the child an amazon wish list. :) and let everyone know :)

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Re: People buying your kids gifts
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2011, 06:23:48 PM »
It's hard when they're little little - I agree with the others, if it's from the grandparents you've gotta keep it for a while.  Things like art supplies, books and usually clothes are always welcome in our house for all of our children.  My oldest is now 4.5 and we ask for non-material gifts like a gift certs to the hockey rink so he can go to free-skate, or passes to the bounce place, swimming lessons at the Y etc...  When they're younger it's definitely harder to send the message that you can only have so much crap in your house!