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post #163 of 210
Not to sound harsh,although it may, but I think you are being overly sensitive saying you think people resent your suggestion. I don't think that's the case. your suggestion was a valid point and I'm sure many here, myself included, took it as so. Some of us though knew that it wasn't always reasonable. While I may hate my kids scooters they love them and taking a very expensive thing that they love from their grandma and send it away because I find it annoying just wouldn't work. My mother would not appreciate it and neither would my kids.
I think it's wonderful for you to share your story but not necessary. No one here questions where you heart is at. It's very obviously in the right place.
post #164 of 210
My response was regarding particular items that jumped out at me as examples of the types of things people might consider Holiday Helper worthy, in case folks were pondering what to do with them. There are any number of reasons someone wouldn't donate a particular item to Holiday Helper, so nobody owes me an explanation. The post wasn't meant to be directed at particular items as much as to provide examples as food for thought...that may not have been clear, but that was the intention. Since we're talking about annoying gifts-- a few of which may indeed be unwanted by some folks while others would treasure them-- it seems resonable to mention that there are families in need from MDC all over the U.S. and Canada. There is quite possibly someone not too far from each of us.

Take it or leave it. Just throwing it in for consideration.
post #165 of 210
As for the rock polisher, we got one of those as a gift once when I was a kid. It was used once and once only. I don't think a garage would have even been able to muffle the noise.
post #166 of 210
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As for the rock polisher, we got one of those as a gift once when I was a kid. It was used once and once only. I don't think a garage would have even been able to muffle the noise.
We did, too. We ran it in the basement ONCE. Super loud and not any fun either.
post #167 of 210
The Home Depot Talking Toolbox from SIL for DS. It has an electric drill that makes drill noises (his favorite). The box itself speaks too - the button says: Come to the Home Depot where you'll find lots of tool for all your projects.
It already had batteries in it or else I would have never put any in it and he would have never known...
post #168 of 210
Our Holiday was great! We celebrate Solstice here, but we also do Christmas with extended family. My parents and dh's mom sent money and asked us to do the buying So we spent $300 at Fatbraintoys.com on building toys, family games, magnetic playsets for travel in the car, etc. One of my aunts got them cool rain boots, anoter bought them a fairy book and little airy bags with tiny vials of fairy dust.

Sad to say the annoying toy award goes to me!
almost all of our kids presents were shared gifts (playroom toys belong to the family) each child got one special individual gift that they do not have to share unless they want to. Sage has been asking for Bye-bye choochoo baby for months, it is annoying giggling, talking, "I see you" and ugly to boot! but it is the only thing she wanted so I bought it (despite my "no battery" guideline) Turns out she wanted it because the cradle thing turns into a backpack and she wanted to wear her baby on her back! The girls have lots of slings for their babies. Here all she wanted was a back carrier and now we are stuck with the annoying doll, a plastic backpack, and I could have gotten her a cute kid sized mei tei carrier!
post #169 of 210
The kids mostly got great gifts, but there are a few that annoy me.

DD got like 6 baby dolls. She is 3 months old. What is she going to do with all these baby dolls?

DS got a DVD Frogger game for kids 4+. He just turned 3, we don't want him playing video games, and this is definitely for more than one person. So what exactly is he supposed to do with it? I didn't even let him see it.

He also got the battery operated truck that makes loud annoying noises and sings "Wild Thing." It's now hiding on top of the armoire until I can get rid of it.

Although MIL gifts take the cake. She sent a box filled with clothes for the kids, 2 kids bibles, and a bible coloring book. Not bad, huh? Except that the clothes REAKED of cigarette smoke. I have them in the laundry closet right now, and if you open the doors, the smell almost knocks you out. As for the bibles and coloring book, I have no problem with this, but find it very funny (as in ha-ha, not weird) that she sent them, since she used to make fun of her sister for sending toys like that. She has suddenly become very religious in the last year, so we just find it amusing.

Everything else the kids got was pretty awesome. FIL (love him!) abstained from buying his usually annoying plastic toys and instead sent gift cards for us to buy toys. They also got lots of books, puzzles, DS got Thomas train stuff, 2 little people sets (pirate ship and farm), a Pirate Puppet Theater, an art easel, and a wooden tool bench. Overall the gifts this Christmas are MUCH better than the last few years.

ETA that the clothes that MIL sent are almost all the wrong size. Size 9 month fleece PJs for DD (she's wearing 3-6 months right now and we live in NC, so 9 mo fleece PJs would NOT be appropriate), a size 5T hoodie for DS that lights up, as well as 4T pants (pants maybe next year, and hoodie at least 2 years), as well as some STar Wars PJs. I think she just bought whatever clothes she found on clearance.
post #170 of 210
The most disappointing gift was what MIL gave DH - nothing. not. a. thing. She also didn't give him anything for his November birthday and hasn't visited us at our home in months (we live in the same town). FIL died in October and DH has been to his mom's house several times a week helping her with bills and things. Money isn't an issue - she is very well off. Shopping isn't an issue - she bought other people gifts at several different stores. She regularly goes out with friends and shopping and what not. She bought me gifts and the kids gifts. But didn't get her own son a thing. I don't see how she could not realize how hurt he would be by that. A tie, a gift card, anything would have been better that being forgotten and feeling unappreciated. Arrrgghhh.

*****

The oddest gift was one for my seven year old - Microsoft's Excel program. Of course, I bought it for him and he loves it - he's spent hours making math charts and graphs - nerd.
post #171 of 210
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ETA that the clothes that MIL sent are almost all the wrong size. Size 9 month fleece PJs for DD (she's wearing 3-6 months right now and we live in NC, so 9 mo fleece PJs would NOT be appropriate), a size 5T hoodie for DS that lights up, as well as 4T pants (pants maybe next year, and hoodie at least 2 years), as well as some STar Wars PJs. I think she just bought whatever clothes she found on clearance.
My mom used to always buy stuff big. I don't know why...I guess she figured it would last longer? Or maybe she figured it was better to buy it too big and they could grow into it rather than too small. The only size appropriate thing I remember her buying is a couple preemie outfits for my preemie. Now she doesn't buy the kids clothes unless she is visiting and they go shopping with her so she gets the right size.

And I guess I buy big stuff too! My 4.5 yo made a painted sweatshirt at school. They suggested buying it big so they could wear it for a few years. I got him a size 10-12 and he's happily wearing it. He just needs to fold the sleeves back. I'm thinking that sweatshirt will still fit him long after he stops wanting to wear it!

Oh, and the rock polisher! I can't believe they still sell those. I'm 42 and remember one of my older brothers getting one for Christmas and that must have been in the 70's. I remember it being loud and not working so I'm amazed they still sell them 30+ years later. You'd think people would have stopped buying them.
post #172 of 210
OT - Rock polisher

We have a rock polisher and we use it a couple of cycles each year. My boys really enjoy watching their rocks change into pretty smooth stones. It is loud enough I wouldn't want it in the house, but we keep it in our (attached) garage and that works fine.

If you have one you don't use, post it for sale on your local homeschool site - good tool for kids studying geology.
post #173 of 210
My annoying gift post is a complaint about the manufacturer, not the giver of the gift. It was a fashion doll (a la Barbie) which isn't the greatest in my opinion (for a large variety of reasons) but I know MIL had her heart in the right place. But what made me mad was that we opened it and DD wanted to play with all the accessories that were prominently displayed in the (over)packaging. But the thing was manufactured purely to SELL it and not at all for PLAY.

For example, it came with 3 pairs of "shoes." Two were identical (the ones already on the doll's feet, plus one of the two "extra" pairs). None will stay on the doll's feet. I don't mean they come off easily, I mean they do not stay on the feet for even a second. Clearly no effort was made to manufacture the shoes to actually be put on the feet (the ones on the feet in the package were TAPED on).

There was a tiara that was so cheap it wasn't even pretty in a tacky way that a 3 year old might enjoy. And it was basically something that I guess the child was supposed to hold up to the doll's head with their finger. I know tiaras are hard to design so they stay on, but this was basically an almost flat piece of plastic with no way to put it on so it even stayed for a second. Come on!

Each and every "accessory" either didn't work at all or fell apart at first use (DD asked me to put on one of the dresses, and though I was careful, one of the straps broke before I got it on even the first time). A necklace (I think it's a "clasp" necklace? It has a gap in the back so you can - in theory - put it on and off) broke after an hour of play by a very gentle child.

This is CRIMINAL. They manufactured this CRAP knowing full well it would be purchased, opened, and go straight to the landfill. It made me so mad. It was also enormously disappointing to DD, who kept going around to everyone asking them to put the shoes on or whatever. Each adult would try and see instantly it just wouldn't happen, and have to spend 5 minutes explaining to DD (3 yo) that it wouldn't work. DD really wanted to play with the shoes and frankly is still talking about them.

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #174 of 210
Baby Olivia got an annoying beeping, flashy-light, talking baby "phone" from my sister in law. I put it away until I figure out what to do with it.

My MIL got Olivia a crib activity center that we already received as a shower gift. When I told her we already had one, she replied, "Well, I guess now you have two."
post #175 of 210
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This year dd got a Fisher Price Little People Vomit Pink Princess Vagina Castle. I
I just have to say this made my day.

We had a similar situation with the same dollhouse and a Little People fire and police station. the same glitzy qualities that made it so attractive initially were its downfall. Glitz is inflexible. Play is infinitely flexible.
post #176 of 210
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My annoying gift post is a complaint about the manufacturer, not the giver of the gift. It was a fashion doll (a la Barbie) which isn't the greatest in my opinion (for a large variety of reasons) but I know MIL had her heart in the right place. But what made me mad was that we opened it and DD wanted to play with all the accessories that were prominently displayed in the (over)packaging. But the thing was manufactured purely to SELL it and not at all for PLAY.

For example, it came with 3 pairs of "shoes." Two were identical (the ones already on the doll's feet, plus one of the two "extra" pairs). None will stay on the doll's feet. I don't mean they come off easily, I mean they do not stay on the feet for even a second. Clearly no effort was made to manufacture the shoes to actually be put on the feet (the ones on the feet in the package were TAPED on).

There was a tiara that was so cheap it wasn't even pretty in a tacky way that a 3 year old might enjoy. And it was basically something that I guess the child was supposed to hold up to the doll's head with their finger. I know tiaras are hard to design so they stay on, but this was basically an almost flat piece of plastic with no way to put it on so it even stayed for a second. Come on!

Each and every "accessory" either didn't work at all or fell apart at first use (DD asked me to put on one of the dresses, and though I was careful, one of the straps broke before I got it on even the first time). A necklace (I think it's a "clasp" necklace? It has a gap in the back so you can - in theory - put it on and off) broke after an hour of play by a very gentle child.

This is CRIMINAL. They manufactured this CRAP knowing full well it would be purchased, opened, and go straight to the landfill. It made me so mad. It was also enormously disappointing to DD, who kept going around to everyone asking them to put the shoes on or whatever. Each adult would try and see instantly it just wouldn't happen, and have to spend 5 minutes explaining to DD (3 yo) that it wouldn't work. DD really wanted to play with the shoes and frankly is still talking about them.

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That's so sad. Did the person who bought it for her see how disappointing the gift was? Maybe they'll think twice next year. My boy was so happy about some walkie-talkies he got, but one of them broke the first time he tried to use it. All told, THREE of his toys broke on the first day. I was so sad for him when we had to throw away gifts he tried to enjoy, and he just couldn't understand.
post #177 of 210
We were so lucky this year! All our gifts were somewhere between wonderful and reasonable.

I have to mention, though, one gift my parents got for my 4-year-old that would be annoying if it weren't so funny: a longsleeved T-shirt with sticky-feeling plastic design of dinosaurs with toothy mouths open and tongues extended fiercely, which couldn't be removed from the hanger without cutting the extremely tough plastic bands that bound onto the hanger a vinyl packet containing a cheap-plastic toy dinosaur that when you press on its head opens its mouth and unfolds a very long tongue! It's plastic, it's low quality, it was annoyingly packaged, and the toy was made in China (shirt was made in Mexico)...but it's a hilarious toy, good for hours of fun startling each of the other toy animals in turn, and the shirt is very colorful and should impress the crowd at pre-school.
post #178 of 210
Ok, I got lotion... again... from MIL after NUMEROUS conversations about how I DON'T USE LOTION!!!!!! *sigh*

As for the kids...

MIL told us that she "just HAD to make sure all the things [she] got Oliver made noise" *sigh* She got him a couple really really annoying and (not even remotely realistic) toy power tools that go "boiiiiiing" and flash from a big light on the back. OMG, they're HORRIBLE : I know every time she's here she's going to ask him about where they are though He doesn't even have much interest. He's only interested in noisy things that are real - the real hair dryer, the real phone, the real vacuum... fake looking toy ones just don't do the trick. *sigh* On the plus side, though, she also got him a really cool wooden table with instruments built in - a xylophone, a drum, and a symbol. So beautiful and very cool. Also a few books and a floor puzzle, so it wasn't a complete waste.

I got a pressure cooker from my mom... which I'm not sure how I feel about. On the one hand, it'll be easier/faster to make things like dried beans and roast chicken and broth (which I normally just do the regular way), but on the other hand, it means I need to relearn how to cook. Hopefully it'll be good, though...
post #179 of 210
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However the "realistic crying baby" will not be getting any batteries. I already have the real thing
oh yeah, my DD got one of those a few years ago and last year got one that actually pee'd. No dolls this year thank goodness.

Our most annoying gift this year wasn't for the kids but for us instead. A very close relative gave us a clock with Jesus on it. We are not overly religious people although we do believe in God. I have no idea why this person gave us this clock and we laughed all the way home on Cmas eve after opening it at the family party. It was just hilarious. It's going straight to the Goodwill.
post #180 of 210
I can say we didn't get any really annoying toys, but that's probably because I am no longer speaking to my mom, who is the queen of obnoxious things that make noise and light up. I do have a couple complaints about some toys though overall I am happy.

Our house is not plastic-free, though I would love to be able to afford more wooden toys. We have a variety of wooden instruments for my daughter that we love. DD received a Parents brand BeeBop music set - a plastic drum that is filled with a bunch of plastic instruments. One of the instruments is a "Bee" maracca with clacker. The "wing's" are supposed to be a clacker apparently, but they don't clack - we can manually move them, but not in any way that makes noise. Very weird.

And then there's the lady bug xylophone with plastic mallet. All you here is plastic banging with a little ringing in the background. I think i'm going to hide this one in particular. Overall, it's not the worst toy, but for $23 I could have gotten a beautiful wooden xylophon from Plan and some cute castinettes. Oh well.
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