To the family who got the PS3 - I really think that gift was pretty rude, considering he asked ahead of time and was given several reasons why you did not want a game console and could not use one. You should feel no guilt about returning to walmart or selling on ebay or craigslist. Deffinently don't spend a bunch of money on a TV because of a gift you don't even want!
Anyways, we didn't really have any annoying or horrible gifts this year. There are a few things I can mention though...one relative is always sending my boys magnadoodles...I mean, really, how many magnadoodles can you have? And my kids have never been all that into them....and they're 4 and 6 years old now...kinda getting old for them.
My dad and step-mom sent the boys three toys that were for both of them - a set of power rangers that had three rangers and one motorcycle in it, a batman laptop, and a real monocular... All cool gifts, all things my kids love...but they all have to be shared. And ONE motorcycle for the rangers? ONE? So there has been a lot of arguing going on. I'm glad that it encourages sharing...but at the same time they could have just gotten two of one of those things and not gotten anything else and there would've been a lot less screaming in the house.
Other than that the only problem I have around Christmas time is that MIL spends way too much. She must spend three times the amount we do, at least. Eventually the kids are going to notice that they get a half dozen presents from us (usually one or two big joint presents and then a few little things they were wanting) and tons more from grandma and grandpa....even worse, they're going to eventually notice that they only get gifts,cards, whatever from two of their four sets of grandparents...
Oh one last thing that just hurts my feelings a little. MIL asks what the boys want every year, and she wants specifics because she will buy exactly what I tell her they want (at least that's the way the last couple years have been). So this year I made wish lists at magic cabin and hearthsong, hoping that she would buy fewer, better quality presents. I gave her lots of selection and there were tons of things even non-natural focused parents would think were awesome. I also gave he a few mainstream suggestions in case she wanted to shop somewhere else. I don't think she even looked at the wish lists.
Minutes after I emailed her the lists and the couple mainstream suggestions she emailed me asking details about the mainstream ones. And that's all she got. It's not like she was worried about cost of toys or shipping, she bought tons of stuff, some of it way over priced, and had a lot of it shipped directly to us with outrageous shipping prices and then shipped another package of stuff that she had bought and wrapped herself. So I can't figure out why she wouldn't even consider looking at the lists. It could have been so much easier for her, she could have gotten all there presents from one website with one shipping cost and been done! It just hurt my feelings a little that she seemed to completely shun the wish lists.