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post #121 of 210
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Originally Posted by NewMama2007 View Post
OK, let me give you the list.
And then screams at him in toddler.
I spit out my tea on that one - so funny and true about toddlers, he he he!
post #122 of 210
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Originally Posted by pammysue View Post
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!
I would have taken it back, but as everything was opened, it came out of the box. GoodWill, baby!

And DD's last rant at Elmo, and I quote, "abbba gabba NO! POOP! DADADADA!". Then she threw him on the floor and stormed away.
post #123 of 210
Electric scooters for my 7 and 11 year olds.
post #124 of 210
My mother sent both of two bigger boys 4 each really annoying dollar store movies. So had she just combined the money she could have gotten one less annoying $8 movie from k-mart, Target or somewhere like that.
post #125 of 210
We were lucky, my Ds did not receive any bad presents.
post #126 of 210
Does anyone know what's in Moon Sand? I'd probably feel a lot better about it if I knew what the heck it is. Other than that, yeah it vacuums up well.
post #127 of 210
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Does anyone know what's in Moon Sand? I'd probably feel a lot better about it if I knew what the heck it is. Other than that, yeah it vacuums up well.
homemade recipes include mostly cornstarch and sand. not sure exactly what's in the commercial stuff, but it is probably similar
post #128 of 210
I spoke too soon. A gift card to Burger King. We're currently vegan (rethinking that, but the gifter didn't know that and we'd never eat animal products from Burger King anyway).
post #129 of 210
I don't have any one specific toy but all of our stuff from dp side of the family was junk. Plastic doll strollers, plastic walk and bark puppy, baby's first christmas throw blanket (and it's NOT her first christmas...) you get the picture.

All of it (hopefully) will go back to the mart it came from or become donation material. If I can return it then I will be buying dd a wooden stroller for the Waldorf doll I'm still in the process of making. I made her a doll quilt and a sling that she loves already...the doll didn't get finished in time due to our weather conditions.

Funny thing is, I sent gma links to websites (she likes to buy online) and everything she asked for and we still end up with plastic cr*p. What gives?
I'm hoping to be extremely proactive this year and make it super-obvious that theis kind of stuff is not accepted in our house. I least I know she was trying...dd would love a stroller...but maybe one that will last a bit longer than two weeks!

Oh! and ds got BrainAge for his DS which looks like it could actual be a cool gift and that came from gma I think.



The best (sarcastic here) 'gift' was getting to watch dn (13 mos) get smacked in the face repeatedly by his parents for hitting them. I'm still so upset over this that I just cannot shake it. DP spoke up and tried to tell his brother that this was totally inappropriate but they'd have none of it. I'm so sad for the little sweetie.
post #130 of 210
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Originally Posted by A&A View Post
A Star Wars helmet that "talks."
I want one!!
post #131 of 210
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Originally Posted by jakesmama View Post
I don't have any one specific toy but all of our stuff from dp side of the family was junk. Plastic doll strollers, plastic walk and bark puppy, baby's first christmas throw blanket (and it's NOT her first christmas...) you get the picture.

All of it (hopefully) will go back to the mart it came from or become donation material. If I can return it then I will be buying dd a wooden stroller for the Waldorf doll I'm still in the process of making. I made her a doll quilt and a sling that she loves already...the doll didn't get finished in time due to our weather conditions.

Funny thing is, I sent gma links to websites (she likes to buy online) and everything she asked for and we still end up with plastic cr*p. What gives?
I'm hoping to be extremely proactive this year and make it super-obvious that theis kind of stuff is not accepted in our house. I least I know she was trying...dd would love a stroller...but maybe one that will last a bit longer than two weeks!

Oh! and ds got BrainAge for his DS which looks like it could actual be a cool gift and that came from gma I think.



The best (sarcastic here) 'gift' was getting to watch dn (13 mos) get smacked in the face repeatedly by his parents for hitting them. I'm still so upset over this that I just cannot shake it. DP spoke up and tried to tell his brother that this was totally inappropriate but they'd have none of it. I'm so sad for the little sweetie.
We have a plastic stroller (two actually, to reduce fights) and they haven't broken yet. One is a few weeks old and the other is about 18 months old. There's no way we could have afforded a wooden stroller, let alone two.
post #132 of 210
Argh. An Avon zippered Snowman "goody bag"....totally random. A gift card for a women's clothing store (which I specifically said I didn't want because I'm pregnant and can't shop there for who knows how long), and socks for my husband who has repeatedly asked that no one buy him any clothes - especially not socks.
post #133 of 210
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Originally Posted by Lisa85 View Post
We have a plastic stroller (two actually, to reduce fights) and they haven't broken yet. One is a few weeks old and the other is about 18 months old. There's no way we could have afforded a wooden stroller, let alone two.
I hear you! Returning all of the rickety toys (it is a really fragile stroller) would probably equal one wooden stroller and maybe a few bucks leftover for some watercolor paper for ds. I always talk about quality v. quantity with mil but she still feels like she needs to give 'more' gifts. This is fine (like I don't knock her for it) but we do have our preferences and we try to do as much as we can to live by them. We still have a good amount of plastic toys simply because they are loved. I've asked gift-givers to please pick one thing that the dc have really been interested in and to know that this one gift will be very cherished by them!
post #134 of 210
Many of these gifts on here definitely sound odd and annoying. And I think the lint roller story that seems to be a multiple-person story is hilarious.

But some of these, while they aren't something *you* personally would have wanted, could still help out a family in need here at MDC. Some in particular that caught my eye:

The first was the kid who received the coat and has seven already! I couldn't find that post when I went back and looked, but there are lots of kidos here in our online community who need coats desperately! Please, please mama, consider passing on this blessing, and maybe a couple more of the seven if you can!

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A gift card for a women's clothing store (which I specifically said I didn't want because I'm pregnant and can't shop there for who knows how long)
There are some moms here who haven't been able to purchase clothing for themselves for years and years and years. There are moms here who avoid going out of their house because they no longer have clothes that fit. There are moms who don't own a pair of shoes that aren't worn with holes. You could really make an MDC mama's day with this card!

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and socks for my husband who has repeatedly asked that no one buy him any clothes - especially not socks.
There are families in need here with fathers who may not receive new socks very often at all. I am sure one of our families in need would appreciate this gift if you were willing to pass it on.

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Originally Posted by jakesmama View Post
Plastic doll strollers
Many families in need here at MDC are still plastic-free, but some are not. There may be a child in need who would really, really appreciate a doll stroller!
If you can't return it, and it is not poor quality, I'd highly encourage you to consider passing it on to one "of our own" here at MDC.

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Originally Posted by jeca View Post
Electric scooters for my 7 and 11 year olds.
Again, many families in need here at MDC may prefer man-powered scooters, but there may be some who would love electric scooters for their kidos! If your kids would be willing to pass these on to a child in need, perhaps you could be relieved of the annoyance!

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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.
Our coffee maker broke a few years ago, but my dw is still a coffee drinker. She makes coffee by steeping coffee grounds in hot water for a while, and then straining this using a cloth. I am certain a mama in need would love a coffee maker you couldn't use.

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Originally Posted by BohoMama View Post
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.
If any of them seem somewhat reasonable-- nothing too out of line with "Mothering" values-- perhaps a family in need might be able to use one of the dolls.

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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.
Can these be used simply as lego building sets, without trying to make the vehicles as described or are they too specific to the vehicles? If they aren't specific to the vehicles, but you are worried about the baby, I am sure that there might be a lego-loving kid on the MDC families in need list who would appreciate having some more legos. Perhaps you could send them without the bags and instructions so no one has to suffer the frustration with the mismatch of numbers.

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Originally Posted by bwylde View Post
(one of the three video camera they got are miraculously unopened : ).
Three video cameras?! For kids?! Seriously?! Wow! Do they all seem of decent quality? Do you think they'd consider giving one to a child in need?

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Originally Posted by katie&micah View Post
My 17 month old got a giant purple Hannah Montana bean bag chair
Again, this is one of those things that a certain older child who likes Hannah Montana might really get a lot of joy from. It wouldn't be something you could give to just anyone, but I bet there are some Hannah Montana fans among the families in need.

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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.
That would definitely be a good thing to pass on to a younger kid in need.

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Originally Posted by tabrizia View Post
Okay I have a new entry for this. DH got a dartboard from his parents today. First off we have no where in our house for a dartboard, second of all we have a toddler and third off we have a baby who is due in 3 months. We're still not quite sure how they could have possibly thought a dartboard was a good gift idea.
Perhaps there is some parent on the families in need list that would love this for themselves. Maybe they have a garage or shed or basement or something where they could play without it being a hazard to their children.

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Oddest present? About 200 grams of genuine Egyptian saffrom threads - lovely stuff but I don't cook that much with saffron! And I don't do any cooking now...so it's nice, but a little bewildering.
Hmmm...not really sure about this, but (maybe combined with a couple other spices??), perhaps a mom who loves to cook would really appreciate just a small amount of this treasure???

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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 second the poster who suggested you consider donating to a family in need here at MDC. There are a few that have kids who are allowed video games.

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2: a noisy, batteri-driven car that my brother-in-law bought and my sister warned me about so we could put it away unopened.
What are you talking about? Is it a remote control car? A ride-on car? How noisey is it, exactly? I mean, does it make sounds, or does it just have the whir of electronic toys as it drives? Is it quality or do you fear it will break right away. I ask because depending on your answers, there may be a family in need that would really appreciate this. I know there is at least one kid who had a remote control car on his list.

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I'll have to read everyone else's answers. My ILs have sent us a bunch of Harry and David stuff. The bad part is that DS is allergic to milk. So the only thing he's been able to eat is pears.

That means I opened cookies, chocolate, cheesecake, etc in front of him that he cannot have. I think this is weird and kind of mean, actually. (The boxes were delivered while he was in the house and said on the outside to open them right away so I did--if I had known it was all going to be stuff he couldn't have I would have left it until he was in bed.)
Oh, I wouldn't recommend you try to ship those to someone in need, but I just want to say something similar happened when I was a kid. I am a type I diabetic. When I was a kid, the insulins were not as all as good as they are now. Candy was really supposed to be eaten with incredible moderation. So my (physician of all things aunt) sent us each a huge box of chocolates for the holidays one year, and my mother found it so super offensive. She didn't want them in the house and didn't even let my siblings open theirs. I remember she made us all go drop them off at the homeless shelter the day after they arrived.

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We're moving from a house to an apartment in a few months, and we're really trying to cut back on stuff, especially items that take up a lot of space (which I told her). I also think dd is still a little too young (which I told her). And, dh and I had planned on getting her a dollhouse ourselves, sometime in the future, as a special birthday present.

Guess what my mom got dd? :
If you are considering not keeping it, definitely check out whether there might be an MDC family in need that would appreciate it!

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Originally Posted by ChristyMarie View Post
From estranged MIL/FIL: a TEN FOOT LONG "up and down roller coaster" that DS would ride on. I haven't opened it yet but this thing looks huge. Where the heck am I going to put it? Isn't this something you should ask about first?
It sounds like a blast, but I totally get what you are saying about the space factor. If you aren't willing to store it until the spring when you can put it up outdoors, perhaps you could pass it on to one of our families in need here? Seems like this is one toy with great user reviews from those in our very midst!

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Originally Posted by CookieMonsterMommy View Post
Video games. Tons. And. Tons. Of video games.
There are definitely at least a few kids who would be allowed and would appreciate to have some video games here among our families in need. If you can't exchange/return them, this might solve your dilemma.

I didn't receive any annoying presents myself (although at church someone randomly handed me some Blues Clues bubble bath for the kids, but after numerous tries we haven't been able to get the bubbles to work), but to those of you who did, in this strange time of year when a gift can come to feel like a burden, perhaps there is a way for you to pass on some abundance.

Even though Christmas has passed and Hanukkah is almost over, these families may be able to supplement a very light holiday or to save up these gifts for upcoming birthdays, etc. If you're a family in need whose kid is going to have a birthday in just a couple of months, a gift like this might be a saving grace for you. Plus, the items for parents like clothing store gift certificates and coffee makers would be just a wonderful surprise for some families!

There are a few ways to pass on your unwanted abundance. You can search the needs lists (if you can't find someone on the needs list who is in need of your exact type of item, you could always check on folks on the "needs met" lists as they may not have received the item you are looking to send off despite having other needs met): Meet Some Families in Need Right Here in Our Own Online Community

Or you can post to the "Big Holiday Helper Thread" about your item and see if anyone who has spent a lot of time searching the needs lists, or one of the organizers, knows of a family who might be in need of your item: The Last Page of the Big Holiday Helper Thread

Finally, you can post an offer directly to families in need under "Gently Used Items" by going here: The Gently Used Items Offers Thread
post #135 of 210
DS got a Baby's first Christmas ornament... with a baby bottle/pacifier motif. Fantastic.

From the same great grandma he got an adorable outfit including bomber jacket that's the right size and everything but it is COVERED with Snoopy images. We are really trying to stay away from characters on toys and clothing. We luckily have the receipt. I just remind myself how very lucky Søren is to have so many living Great Grandparents.
post #136 of 210
Sierra, it's not so much that it's annoying. Although yes I think it is. I live in CO, its' winter time and you give my kids electric scooters. It's friggen cold outside and icy. Its' like a bad accident waiting to happen. That said my kids love them and I hold my breath every time they are on them. Not to mention the constant supervision that has to go with something like that. So drop everything so I can go supervise while the kids ride their scooters, that's annoying.
post #137 of 210
Not going to mention the gits that were gotten for me that were not 100% appropriate at the moment.....

My ultimate distain for one of the gifts my FIL got my dd.. cannot be understated (wow that was alot of big girl words, haha)

Dora the Explorer Sit n Spin.

It sings.
Loudly.
It laughs.
creepily.
But mostly?
It has a button on it that when pushed, plays the Dora theme song (I guess?) really loudly.
Oh, that button? yea, it annoys me bec. lovely dd loves to push-n-run, haha, she will push that button and then take off!!

even better?
Last year, my brother searched long and hard to find a sit n spin that didn't sing-- and found one... so- she HAS ONE ALREADY.

Cake taker?
She only knows who Dora is because the neighbors behind us's daugter has a Dora bike.

GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

(OK, so I'm at that lovely super emotional stage of pregnancy... can you tell? hahah!)
post #138 of 210
I suggested (and the rest of the family happily accepted) a one-gift-per-person rule, thinking that this would eliminate the mountains of junk we usually get. I even gave my MIL Nova Naturals and Magic Cabin catalogs for our DS and baby DD.

Of course, we were the ONLY ONES that showed up like chumps with one present per person, and we were showered with the usual load of impulse buys.

The highlights:

giant, purple, acrylic yarn lounge socks for me (I knit, and acrylic makes me )
a super-loud remote control car with flashing lights for DS. The antenna on the remote already broke into an ultra sharp point.
post #139 of 210
DH and I are very pleased! DD received a good assortment of quality toys. Apparently, our family has been paying attention....

*an antique doll Moses basket
*a set of Mega blocks
*4 books



But, DH received a coin sorting machine with a bag of coin wrappers!

post #140 of 210
(just think annoying, useless, waste of money) plastic eletric guitar with attached headset that u sing in to and let out a loud feed back streaching sound. very loud annoying sounds and songs. was taken out of the box by giver even tho i kept saying hell no that thing will never go to my house, said it will end up back in their car to go back home with them (they live far) my brother wanted to get my kids a toy to annoy me. all the kids played with it mine(2 and 6) 3 nephews 12,17,19 and it started to get on my nerves my daughter had it i called her in to the play room at gramas and it went in the toyboy and forgotten about:
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