I will sometimes do two orders if I need a separate receipt to be reimbursed. I wouldn't do it just for regular budgeting because it's a hassle to me. I've never had a cashier flinch at doing two orders or ask me why, though.
We have colored towels that match our bathroom. We tried all white a few years ago, but it didn't really work for me. I like colored towels since we have white walls (military housing and I don't want to paint). My kids each have an assigned color. They actually each have a special hooded towel which hangs on the wall that they use most of the time, too.
For beach towels, ours don't match each other. To free up space, I actually keep them in a bin in our garage...
I guess I have a differing view. She's their grandparent, and she can give them what she wants. You can strongly urge, suggest, recommend, and hope for a change, though.
Really, I'd keep the conversation open all year long. This is what I do with both my inlaws and my own parents. They know that we are overrun with toys, and I that I simply can't have more than we can fit. My inlaws sent each child two small things off their Amazon wishlist, and my mom sent each...
I've had two sets of kids 2.5 years apart so far. (This next one will be 2.75.) I have a double jogging stroller which is great. When my babies were tiny, I just wore them and pushed the toddler in my Maclaren Volo.
If I had to say, I'd say boy at this moment because I am constantly nauseous as I was with my first two dc (both boys) but not constantly throwing up as I was with my 3rd (my dd). I'd kind of like a girl because it would make it easier for room sharing and clothing hand-me-downs. I'll be thrilled with either, though!
I'm just nauseous a lot. That was my first real signal to take the test. With my 2 sons, I was nauseous, but only threw up a couple of times. With my dd, I threw up daily for months. I think that started at 7 or 8 weeks whereas the nausea has been about 5 weeks every time. I guess I'm still holding out to see how bad it gets this time.