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post #141 of 210

This thread is hilarious.

My mother this year bought me a pair of pajamas. Covered in cows. Because I am breastfeeding. Like a cow. Gee, thanks.

To make it worse, I haven't worn pajamas to bed in about 15 years and she is fully aware of this fact.
post #142 of 210
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My parents got my two littlest kiddos not one but TWO Elmo Live animatronic toys. They talk so freaking much. They were cute for like 2 minutes and now I'm like "AHHHHH make it stop!!!!!!!!"
My Dd got something like that when she was little toddler and it scred her to death.

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We have an Easter chick that poops jelly beans . . . I got it for my mom years ago, and everyone loves it. .


Lynn, I also had to knit a stuffed dog a sweater this year . . . it was for my partner's stuffed dog, though.

Our most annoying gift is the Double Track Racing Tower, which I suggested my mom buy and which the kids love and of course, it's not leaving the house. It's just exceptionally LOUD.

Really, though, the kids got great presents from everyone, so far. We still haven't seen my partner's parents, but they generally buy the things I suggest for the kids, so we should be fine there, too. So far, they've got lots of new Playmobil, Lincoln Logs, playsilks, a balance board (that is SO much fun), and tons of other really nice toys.
Jessy we have similar car racer but it doesn't make any noise. Just some wooden cars that go whoosh whoosh back and forth. DS gt it for his birthday and he loved it and I still love it!
My MIL asked for some recommendations (Which she NEVER does) and I asked for balance board for the kids. We didn't get it! why ask if you're not interested in the answer? (..and believe me they spend ton on Christmas so it's not like it was too pricey.
Annoying was a "Little Bear DVD" simply b/c MIL is constantly trying to get my kids to watch TV. why? I don't know. It's going back and we're going to get WALL E instead.
post #143 of 210
dd got a lot of things, but nothing I found super annoying or offensive. Except maybe the break-your-neck dress up shoes from the local dollar store. The main objection being we have wood floors, so those suckers slip and slide all over the place.
We solved that by deciding they were shoes for at grandma's house, b/c grandma has carpet
But we're not against batteries, princesses or plastic, either. I suppose if we were, we'd have more to complain about
post #144 of 210
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Finally, you can post an offer directly to families in need under "Gently Used Items" by going here: The Gently Used Items Offers Thread
Thanks for the suggestion, I've actually already earmarked these for the Women in Need two blocks from my house.
post #145 of 210
DS got a lot of leapfrog and computer-type things when he was younger, but I didn't mind because I spend a lot of time on the computer, so he liked to mimic me.

Nothing annoying so far this year. DS loves legos, and got a metric ton of them.
post #146 of 210
LOL we have that same magnet toy and a couple others, they do just speak on there own, and the dog likes to press the bottons with his nose and paws.. he growls at them lol. I love it.
post #147 of 210
The Fisher Price Amazing Animals Sing and Go Choo Choo.
post #148 of 210
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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).
Burger King has a Morning Star Farms veggie burger. I think you should just assume they were actually really thoughtful and just don't know the difference between vegan and vegetarian.
post #149 of 210
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The Fisher Price Amazing Animals Sing and Go Choo Choo.
DS loves this toy, in fact he has two of them, one at my in-laws and one at my parents. That being said, I am really glad we don't have it in our house, it is a perfect toy for at the Grandparents.
post #150 of 210
DS received a play laptop computer. : It mostly makes noise and has these cheezy games on it. I told my parents not go purchase anything too loud and since we have no TV in the house, I'd really not like to have him in front of an electronic screen.

Wugh. What were they thinking?
post #151 of 210
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If you can't return them, I'd use them for stuffing pocket dipes.. they work *great* for that.
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post #152 of 210
A Duet Stage Microphone for my almost 3 year old son. I cannot figure out why in the world MIL got him this. She got him a really nice teepee so this microphone thing just baffles me.
I have a wishlist for my DS which has things that HE has specifically said he wanted, but some people refuse to use it. And that's fine, I guess, but I don't really understand why they won't use it.
post #153 of 210
A Barbie. For my not quite three-year-old daughter.

I shouldn't have been surprised...this gift came from my MIL's weird neighbor, who seems to think our kids are her own grandchildren, and buys them way too many gifts for way too many occasions that are quite often utterly bizarre or off the mark. She has boundary issues, but I digress.

Anyway, I don't have a humongous problem with Barbie per se (unlike Bratz); I grew up with a million Barbies and still became a feminist activist, so I don't figure on keeping DD from Barbie forever if she wants 'em. But why in the world would anyone think a three-year-old should have one?
post #154 of 210
My dp's parents are fairly generous. Every year they get one great outift (pants, shirt, sweater, socks type thing) and one horrific toy. For dd it's usually a huge, stinky doll set. In this family there are BOY toys and GIRL toys. This year dd got a Fisher Price Little People Vomit Pink Princess Vagina Castle. I think what really pisses me off is that it's already gotten more attention than the Plan Chalet Dollhouse we got her. DS got the Little People Drew and His Testosterone Fueled Rescue Chopper. Thankfully he seems to have forgotten about it and it's still in the trunk of the car. We may just "disappear" it.

DD also got a set of LeapFrog dvds with zero pedagological value whatsoever. Decontextualized phonetic repetition with boring animation.

My mom sends a check. And I love her for it.
post #155 of 210
Oh I forgot one. A rock tumbler for my 7 year old DD. Great gift in theory as she loves to collect and find rocks and fossils but it's so freaking LOUD! Your suppose to leave it on 24-7 for 1-4 days for it to polish the rocks. We can barely hear each other during the day so no way that think can stay on at night. So instead of taking 2 days to see a rock she has to wait like four since I have to turn it off anytime I need to think.
post #156 of 210
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Oh I forgot one. A rock tumbler for my 7 year old DD. Great gift in theory as she loves to collect and find rocks and fossils but it's so freaking LOUD! Your suppose to leave it on 24-7 for 1-4 days for it to polish the rocks. We can barely hear each other during the day so no way that think can stay on at night. So instead of taking 2 days to see a rock she has to wait like four since I have to turn it off anytime I need to think.
Do you have a garage? that's where ours is running.
post #157 of 210
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This year dd got a Fisher Price Little People Vomit Pink Princess Vagina Castle.


This just got a HUGE laugh in the room because everyone asked what made me snort so loudly.

I would HATE that. I'm sure your daughter will come to love her Plan chalet.

Our worst present is easy: 100% polyester flame-retardant pajamas that are way too big for DD and we use wool covers at night anyway. At least they are an easy return I think. GMIL always gives DD clothes we never ever put on her once... everything else has been passed along for pennies at garage sales. But DD said "cuuuuute" when she opened the present, and so GMIL is happy as a clam, and never has to know
post #158 of 210
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Do you have a garage? that's where ours is running.
No garage here just a carport. We are moving soon so hopefully I will have peace.
post #159 of 210

Charity Begins At Home

This post is a reply to Sierra. Surely there are families out there who could enjoy all these unwanted gifts, but is it reasonable to airlift them all over the globe? Or even coast-to-coast? Mothering, as I know it, promotes thinking locally and saving fossil fuel resources. Some of these toys are either heavy or voluminous. Many are burdened by excess packaging - like our Baby Doll # 8. But don't you think they lose perceived value to recipients if they are unburdened of it? I would suppose that needy kids like to think they are getting "new" toys.... Another thing (specific to us but probably not to too many other posters) is that all our packaging and instructions are in Czech!

We will be finding ways to unload our excess blessings locally. However, I would be willing to send the "satanic" scarf to any deserving satanist tot who lives in a warmish climate, as it is very flimsy and would easily slip into a mailing envelope. (Just kidding, it will be given to the homeless in Prague, who will hopefully be glad for another layer and not notice the design.)
post #160 of 210
Many of the needy families are right in our backyards. I always ask for an east coast family..and very often get NJ or NY. So not too much all over the globe.
I can see your point b/c you are VERY far away but I am sure the "Charity begins at home" sentiment can help a family nearby for many of us on here.
I am sure Sierra was trying to give a gentle last minute nudge for the HH before it closes down. A little food for thought so to speak.
Many of the moms on there did not care if the toys were new or used b/c a used toy is still better than nothing under your tree for your kids.
Especially "used toys" that really weren't much used in the 1st place.
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