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Originally Posted by Belia View Post
This isn't a bad gift, but my ILs didn't get my son anything for Christmas. Not one thing.

He is our first child (after 10 years of marriage!) and only their 3rd grandchild altogether. They sent a huge copy paper box in the mail filled with 3 presents- 2 for DH (slippers and a shirt) and 1 for me (a Target giftcard). There was so much extra room that they had to stuff newspaper all around. And nothing for their grandson.

He's only 4 months, so it's not like he knows any better. And we certainly aren't owed any gifts, but still..... it was just so odd.

Maybe I'm supposed to use my giftcard to buy DS something????
My in-laws are like this too. They didn't get any of our children anything when they were born and have routinely forgotten their birthdays. Christmas is a toss up. Sometimes they send stuff, sometimes they don't. I used to blame it on distance but they still forgot all 3 kids' birthdays when we were living like 1 mile from them too. And I have the same feelings as you. I tell myself I shouldn't feel like they *have* to get them something. But I just remember how my Grandma sent me a card every year on my birthday and it meant to much to me.

Anyway, the in-laws did okay this year and got the kids some nice things. They were visiting early in Dec and my DH took them out shopping.

My least favorite gift was from DH. He kept saying how we needed new glassware. I kept saying we didn't. So guess what he got me for Christmas??? A set of new glassware. I told him next year I'm going to go buy something I want and give it to him for Christmas.
post #102 of 210
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Originally Posted by lindberg99 View Post
My in-laws are like this too. They didn't get any of our children anything when they were born and have routinely forgotten their birthdays. Christmas is a toss up. Sometimes they send stuff, sometimes they don't. I used to blame it on distance but they still forgot all 3 kids' birthdays when we were living like 1 mile from them too. And I have the same feelings as you. I tell myself I shouldn't feel like they *have* to get them something. But I just remember how my Grandma sent me a card every year on my birthday and it meant to much to me.

Anyway, the in-laws did okay this year and got the kids some nice things. They were visiting early in Dec and my DH took them out shopping.

My least favorite gift was from DH. He kept saying how we needed new glassware. I kept saying we didn't. So guess what he got me for Christmas??? A set of new glassware. I told him next year I'm going to go buy something I want and give it to him for Christmas.

I don't know... we didn't recieve one thing from anyone outside our immediate family. And ds#3 told me this morning that he didn't get one thing he liked for xmas. And i can't even blame that on thoughtless inlaws or the likes. I guess the grass is always greener, huh?
post #103 of 210
Oh wait! Something else! I was out with my sister a few weeks ago, and she was looking at coffee makers, and asked me which one I liked, and I said I don't drink coffee anymore and I have two coffee makers I'm not using, so I wouldn't buy any of them. Guess what she got me for Christmas? I don't know what to make of that.
post #104 of 210
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Originally Posted by Luckiestgirl View Post
As an early Xmas gift, my 5-year-old got a PLASTIC SHEEP THAT POOPS OUT CHOCOLATE JELLY BELLIES. Lovely, huh?

My SIL said, "I figured all little boys like poop."
I have to admit... we buy stuff like this for my Dad all the time! He has a weird sense of humor and loves gag gifts. One of the presents we gave him for Christmas is a dancing Santa that sings that "I like to move it move it" song and turns around and shakes his hiney. He LOVED it. We've bought him more than 1 item that poops, a singing Reindeer that farts between verses, a stuffed dog that barks Christmas carols and more things than I can think of.

Oh, and I know someone mentioned the Barbie with the dog that poops... my aunt got that for my oldest DD's birthday and she loves it. I don't mind it... she's been wanting it for quite some time. And at least it's not a migraine inducing lights flashing noisy toy!

Beth
post #105 of 210
thanks for the share!!!!
post #106 of 210
Two annoying toys:

1. A LOUD yellow truck that beeps, had a siren, talks, makes chugging noises, et. Of course DS loves it.

2. A marching penguin display thing where the penguins march and turn in circles and yell a military Christmas song. At least this one is a Christmas display so it gets put away very soon.

The rest of his gifts were awesome! Lots of Melissa & Doug stuff, a train table, a latch board, an abacus, puzzles, art supplies, etc. His grandparents did so well sticking to what they knew we liked.
post #107 of 210
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Originally Posted by Aubergine68 View Post
SO friend gets us a Playstation 3 and a couple of games (don't know where he got it, so it is unreturnable.). And it doesn't work on our tv. And now dh and I are wondering if we should get a new tv so we can let the kids use it. Or donate it. Or sell it.

I feel like this gift is such a burden, but I really don't want to hurt the feelings of dh's friend by returning it either. He is a sweet guy who really thinks he did our family a special favor.
If you donate, consider the MDC Holiday Helpers...I'm sure you could put SOMEONE over the moon, even if it isn't your ds.

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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
Oh wait! Something else! I was out with my sister a few weeks ago, and she was looking at coffee makers, and asked me which one I liked, and I said I don't drink coffee anymore and I have two coffee makers I'm not using, so I wouldn't buy any of them. Guess what she got me for Christmas? I don't know what to make of that.
Do your sister and my mom shop together.
post #108 of 210
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Originally Posted by Aubergine68 View Post
Conversation between dh and well-meaning well-off gamer single guy friend:

"So, this year I want to get you a game. What console do you guys have?"

dh - "We don't have a console"

friend - "NO WAY! Why not?"

dh - [long explanation about having no time, kids being little, avoiding screen time, being a tv-free household with occasional family movie]

friend (incredulous)- "You need to get a game system? Which one do you want?"

dh -- Our tv is from 1993! We can't even play dvds on it! I don't think a game system would work for us.


SO friend gets us a Playstation 3 and a couple of games (don't know where he got it, so it is unreturnable.). And it doesn't work on our tv. And now dh and I are wondering if we should get a new tv so we can let the kids use it. Or donate it. Or sell it.

I feel like this gift is such a burden, but I really don't want to hurt the feelings of dh's friend by returning it either. He is a sweet guy who really thinks he did our family a special favor.

Dd10 is the only one of our family who really gets what a playstation is, and is lukewarm to the idea, so that is a plus. I'm sure our almost 5 yr old would be over the moon if we had a working playstation in our home....
If Walmart sells it, they will take it back, even without a receipt (they'll give you a gift card instead.)
post #109 of 210
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Again, immeadiately ripped open the box. So much for returning.
This is my BIGGEST pet peeve about all things holidays. I do save the boxes from everything though with the excuse that I'm always needing a box to put things in (which is true). I've returned stuff before with the excuse that "it doesn't work". Of course without a receipt, your best bet is a gift card, but that doesn't bother me.

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I'm not sure if this is the same one or not, but..

http://www.step2.com/product.cfm?pro...FUog3godBlntCw
Um, yeah, that's definitely an "ask before you buy" present. That being said, a local community center has one and I haven't seen a kid not like it. Also, if you have smooth floors (basically anything besides grass or carpeting), you need another 10 foot or so area after the track because of how far the cart rolls.

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I bought moon sand once and will NEVER have it in my home again. I would not allow that toy in our house, I would leave it at Grandma's. lol
What's wrong with moonsand? A friend of mine uses it in place of playdough. Unlike play doh it doesn't get smashed into the carpet fibers. If it does get ground in, you can just wait until it dries and vacuum it up.

Surprisingly, the gifts weren't horrible this year. Not what I would have picked, but nothing that I wanted to immediately ship back to the store. A pink girly camera for my 3 yo when I would have preferred the more GN blue 'boy' version. "Pink Princess" themed toy dishes for her kitchen when I would have preferred more GN ones and the fact that we don't really encourage or like princesses, bunches of things like that. My dad did get them literally the biggest toy truck he could find. Seriously, the thing is so big they can take turns sitting in it and pushing each other around. But, toy cars and trucks were on their list and he made them an awesome wooden easel which inspired everybody to get art themed gifts (can't go wrong with arts and crafts!) so I can't really complain about that. Even dad mentioned what a great sandbox toy it will be come summer.
post #110 of 210
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Originally Posted by Jessy1019 View Post
We have an Easter chick that poops jelly beans . . . I got it for my mom years ago, and everyone loves it. .
We've got that chick too. Yeah, I know, classy. But it's a laugh riot for the kids and it takes the edge off their desire for worse things like Pez Pushers (which my mom repeatedly tried to "push" on us.) We fill the chick with raisins or hazelnuts.

For Amadea's "worst" present I'd have to nominate Baby Doll #8. She isn't even 3 years old! (Her birthday is actually tomorrow) and on every occasion people keep throwing baby dolls at her. (Usually of the plasticky crying/bottle sucking kind.) This one will exit our house without even being unwrapped. Andrej's worst present was a very complex Lego set. It came in a series of little numbered bags and - although I really do not want to be wading through Lego for the next several years and with a baby coming I'm nervous that this junk will still be littering our little log cabin when she is old enough to find it - I did open 2 bags with him and tried to build the vehicles. (Vehicles! Why is it always fossil-fuel powered vehicles for boys?) However, the parts included in the bags did not match the parts listed under those numbers in the instructions and I quickly gave up. Oh, and I also have to mention Amadea's scarf. Her Czech grandma gave her a chintzy thin acrylic scarf that has three five-pointed stars machine-embroidered on its hem. Reversed stars - with the double points up. As I am Pagan, the five-pointed star is a sacred symbol to me, but only when the single point is up. The other way is traditionally SATANIC. Granny has no inkling of any of this and wouldn't get it if I tried to explain. I have not yet thrown the distasteful thing away, but it galls me when I see it hanging on the hook or when Amadea asks to wear it. Since I'm on a roll of ingratitude, I have to say my worst present (also from Czech granny) was a pair of hand-knitted socks. The knitting itself is flawless and the size is right but the yarn, O Gods, is Windex blue and bristles with "fluffy" fibers of plastic that seem to be made from recycled trash bags. Such a waste of effort!
post #111 of 210
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
Ok a late entry. A Fisher Price Little People toy for a 6-1/2 year old. Maybe she'll play with it even though she's a bit old for it? People who don't have kids are sometimes a bit out of touch as far as what kids play with at different ages.
lol, DS begged for weeks before Christmas for Little People stuff but didn't get any. He wants to return something to exchange for Little People (one of the three video camera they got are miraculously unopened : ). He's more into vintage LP but doesn't mind new.
post #112 of 210
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.
post #113 of 210
My father hasn't remembered my daughter since she was born. He never even got anything for her as a baby so I wasn't suprised when he forgot last Christmas, her birthday, this Christmas.. He didn't remember the newest one either, of course he doesn't remember my birthday (he says Im 21, Im 25) or my anniversary so I shouldn't be suprised.
My In-laws weren't that bad. They got a doll I would prefer they didn't (it had barbie type hair Im worried DD is going to gag on since she still puts things in her mouth) and openly admited to forgetting about my youngest. However, they sent a second box out shortly after to remedy the situation since they didn't want to leave out my youngest (although shes only a month and a half, she won't remember one way or the other)
post #114 of 210
This little plastic play drill that makes really loud noises and lights up. At least Grandma warned me... The only thing great about it is that it has an off switch (which will be permanently in the off position)
post #115 of 210
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Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
Oh wait! Something else! I was out with my sister a few weeks ago, and she was looking at coffee makers, and asked me which one I liked, and I said I don't drink coffee anymore and I have two coffee makers I'm not using, so I wouldn't buy any of them. Guess what she got me for Christmas? I don't know what to make of that.
Could be she had already gotten the coffee maker for you when she was asking about it? Although why she didn't return it when you said you didn't need one, I don't know...

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Originally Posted by A&A View Post
A Star Wars helmet that "talks."
My Dh got one of these - the Darth Vader one - for Christmas a couple years ago. He always loved Star Wars, since he was little, and so every year for Christmas his mom has gotten him some kind of SW thing. Into his 30s now. He loves the love behind it, and usually finds it very touching because she's very thoughtful about it... but his tastes have changed over the last 20 years and he no longer wants to decorate his home with action figures and the Falcon thing and the R2D2/C-3P0 talking coin bank.......

although I admit that 4 years ago, I got him the very expensive R2D2 that can follow basic commands and carry a soda from the kitchen to the living room. That was a lot of fun for a while... but now it's in the closet with the rest of the SW stuff that he can't get rid of because of the sentimental attachment. (Gifts given with love. Awww.)
post #116 of 210
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Originally Posted by Aubergine68 View Post
Conversation between dh and well-meaning well-off gamer single guy friend:

"So, this year I want to get you a game. What console do you guys have?"

dh - "We don't have a console"

friend - "NO WAY! Why not?"

dh - [long explanation about having no time, kids being little, avoiding screen time, being a tv-free household with occasional family movie]

friend (incredulous)- "You need to get a game system? Which one do you want?"

dh -- Our tv is from 1993! We can't even play dvds on it! I don't think a game system would work for us.


SO friend gets us a Playstation 3 and a couple of games (don't know where he got it, so it is unreturnable.). And it doesn't work on our tv. And now dh and I are wondering if we should get a new tv so we can let the kids use it. Or donate it. Or sell it.

I feel like this gift is such a burden, but I really don't want to hurt the feelings of dh's friend by returning it either. He is a sweet guy who really thinks he did our family a special favor.

Dd10 is the only one of our family who really gets what a playstation is, and is lukewarm to the idea, so that is a plus. I'm sure our almost 5 yr old would be over the moon if we had a working playstation in our home....
Also, there is a thing on there called "Life With Playstation" which is the Folding@Home renamed. http://folding.stanford.edu/ By turning on that program, you are helping science learn how proteins fold and what happens when they don't fold properly, all w/a lovely background of music you can upload from your own collection since they're using multiple PS3s and home computers who are distributing the workload.

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Folding@home is a distributed computing project -- people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.
(And its really cool 'cause you can see where people are participating by the little light up dots on the world map) I do it for my Great-Aunt who has Alzheimer's and my Grandparents that I lost to cancer.
post #117 of 210
OK, let me give you the list.

Things that make sense/are useful:

From my mom:
a semester @ little gym
a savings bond
pajamas that will last her the entire year
books

From mommy and daddy:
play kitchen and play food (you know, to foster independent play and creativity)
books

From in laws/completely useless junk:
Elmo Live (HATE!)
Barking plastic pluto with a remote control (HATE!)
Ming Ming from Wonder pets (we don't have cable! I have no clue what this freaking duck is talking about!)
Disney Princess stuff (I don't like disney princess stuff. Also hate: Barbies and Bratz dolls)
Singing plastic tea set
Bath toys (plastic and HUGE)
a Pooh spinny thing for 6 month olds (dd won't touch it)

All this money wasted on plastic, flashy, loud crap that could have gone towards toys that could enrich her life. KWIM? Ming Ming is going to be adopted to a family who appreciates Wonder Pets, Elmo will mysteriously come down with laryngitis, Pluto is actually pretty fun because it gets our dog all worked up - dd won't play wiht it, but thinks the dog is funny playing with it, Pooh toy is going to Good Will, Bath toys got returned, and the Disney princess stuff is going to GW also.

I understand that kids should have some just fun presents...but these don't do anything worthwhile. She learns NOTHING from these. And so. much. plastic!

DD has only played w/ the stuff we got her. And dd puts elmo in her play kitchen and feeds him. And gets preterbed when he keeps talking instead of eating the pie she has painstakingly prepared for him. And then screams at him in toddler.
post #118 of 210
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Originally Posted by prettypixels View Post
Our annoying gift is a ginormous playdough set with eight zillion teensy tiny pieces and four million different colors of that nasty smelling playdough. I'm making our own playdough, one color at a time is plenty right now, and I don't want to have to keep track of all those pieces. I don't know where my inlaws got it, or I'd exchange it.
It will become 1 colour at this age in no time I bought my 3 year old a set with 3 colours and she loves it, also our 16 month old loves it. But somehow they are not aware of the colours yet it seems.
post #119 of 210
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Originally Posted by NewMama2007 View Post
a Pooh spinny thing for 6 month olds (dd won't touch it)

DD has only played w/ the stuff we got her. And dd puts elmo in her play kitchen and feeds him. And gets preterbed when he keeps talking instead of eating the pie she has painstakingly prepared for him. And then screams at him in toddler.
We got that Pooh spinning toy too. It is still in the box going back to Walmart as soon as the returns craziness dies down.

I am at your DD screaming at Elmo. Too funny!
post #120 of 210
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Originally Posted by NewMama2007 View Post
I understand that kids should have some just fun presents...but these don't do anything worthwhile. She learns NOTHING from these. And so. much. plastic!
Your dd is still rather young, but I've been pleasantly surprised with how incredibly creative toddlers/preschoolers can be with the most unlikely things. DD uses her plastic/singing/light-up Rudolph for everything from a hot glue gun to scissors to a hair dryer. I'm just trying to say that things that we perceive as "useless" can actually be anything but that in the hands of a kid. I'm not a big fan of these toys either but I think it's important to remain open and respectful toward a present that someone else bought . . . but I also have no problems donating toys to charity that are superfluous or really annoying, especially when kids are too young to really perceive the fact.
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