MIL was great last Christmas about following our Kaboodle list
. This year, however, she completely dismissed it. She actually said to DP, "I don't like anything on the list," as if we picked the items with her
interests in mind?!?
I was utterly appalled/insulted while opening her presents, mainly because in the last 2-3 years she has always listened to our wishes and respected them, albeit begrudgingly. This Christmas her gifts were so disappointing.
You can see in my expression how irked I was!!
Mermaid Barbie, which of course DD was thrilled about. It took all we could to set it aside and promise to "open it later." Of course I returned it to Target later. We have a strict no-Barbie rule here. Also, she's only 2!!
A set of Hello Kitty books. I'll admit, I was the one who started the Hello Kitty thing. I used to be a big Sanrio junkie. I even have a Hello Kitty sewing machine.
But I have since gotten over that phase, and try to avoid any character-themed toys, not to mention crappy Sanrio stuff which is all cheaply made but expensive, and plastic to boot. However the relatives still get her HK stuff all the time. At least they were just books, so kept them... though I really hate them!
Finally, going with the Hello Kitty theme, she also got this Japanese bunny dress up set:http://www.fao.com/catalog/product.j....mc_id=C000007
It's cute, but still a made-in-China character toy with cheap, polyester/acrylic materials. The house is made of this horrible fabric that feels like acrylic felt and makes my fingers feel icky. DD of course LOVES it and played with it almost every day for about a week, until I cleaned her room and put it on top of the bookshelf. Since then, she hasn't mentioned it. Out of sight, out of mind!!! Anyway, it cost over $100 so if she doesn't play with it again for awhile, I'll probably try to Ebay it. I hate to be so quick to sell something that her aunt obviously spent a lot on, and genuinely thought that we would like, but it's just too synthetic for me.