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post #61 of 210
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Originally Posted by lolar2 View Post
YOU TOO! NO FREAKING WAY!

To be fair, it wasn't a wrapped gift-y thing. My mother always buys me lint rollers.
Oh mine was wrapped with a gift tag on it to boot
post #62 of 210
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Originally Posted by La Rune View Post
But are you also stinky? Apparently I am.

I got a Bounce "Roll & Fresh" scented lint roller from my 18yo sister.
Apparently I am stinky too because mine is scented. Mine is not even a name brand! Mine is a Dollar Store brand scented as I quote "Fresh Winter Air" So yeah, I am stinky and hairy....very attractive!
post #63 of 210
WE seem to be doing ok, there are a couple boxes that were sent from out of towners that *I* will open in the next couple days. If there are offending items i will just offer them up to the holiday helpers and send them on their merry way.

I did get something from my mother, a singing, gumdrop lights flashing and all Gingerbread house.... yippie....Sent all the way from the east coast....SUPER ANNOYING.


The good thing about living 2-3k miles away f rom family is not having to 'see' them for holidays, things are much calmer this way.

Its 1230, time for lunch and NAP

**BTW we have that roller coaster and all the kids love it, step 2 makes a couple different versions, you may need to save it for warm weather but you will be the hit of the neighborhood it with** and you kids will love you
post #64 of 210
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.
post #65 of 210
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Originally Posted by LynnS6 View Post
Dd loves stuff animals - one of her christmas requests was sweaters for her 4 favorite stuffed animals. Santa had quite a time knitting a sweater for a horse, a puppy and 2 lambs.
that's sweet...good job :
post #66 of 210
We did ok as well. Last year though, my IL's (who KNOW our stance on electronic media for our children, MIL was a montessori teacher) got dd, then 2.5, a Leapfrog system. Yippie. Her own computer at 2.5. It promptly got put back in the box on Dec. 26 and donated. Along with the *4* extra (character themed) games. It wouldn't have bothered me if we had never discussed our ideals. If they had just seen it and though, wow, this is a really cool thing-a-ma-jig! But no, i really believe they bought it BECAUSE of my preferences against it, to be manipulative. (We've had other issues)

This year I specified ONE gift per kid, and most everyone did this. Some got a few outfits for the babe, but for the most part, it was one, small, simple gift. Well, my IL's got dd1 (now 3.5) ANOTHER 'learning' keyboard thing. It's even worse than the Leapfrog, it's like a dollar store knock off. You can't even understand what the voice is telling you. DD tried it 3 or 4 times and she couldn't understand what she was being asked to do. It will be donated as well. Sigh. They KNOW I get rid of crap toys, yet they insist on buying them. I just don't get it?! it's like they buy the gifts intentionally to p*ss me off. Even my dad, who is clueless regarding kids and natural parenting stuff listened and got dd1 a HUGE bag of awesome art stuff. If HE can do it anyone can. Really. :
post #67 of 210
My 11 mo got a drum that plays musical beats. It's a drum. Why do they have to make it light up and play electronic rhythms?
post #68 of 210
My partner got a set of speed stack cups for his birthday. I got so annoyed yesterday at the clacking that I actually dragged him out to the park to play with the howling throwing toy - I'm three and a half months pregnant, exhausted and suffering back spasms, but I couldn't take the clacking anymore. And that he kept throwing the thing in the house and bouncing it off the walls (he broke one of the blinds). Poor guy is going stir crazy away from his brother and everyone else who willingly heads outside to play with him.

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.
post #69 of 210
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."

Ds was totally disgusted by it and had no interest in playing with it. My other SIL tried to coax him into eating the jelly bellies, but DS refused to believe they were candy.

I couldn't even donate something that bad.
post #70 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."

Ds was totally disgusted by it and had no interest in playing with it. My other SIL tried to coax him into eating the jelly bellies, but DS refused to believe they were candy.

I couldn't even donate something that bad.
Wow. Classy. :
post #71 of 210
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!!!!!!!!"
post #72 of 210
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....
post #73 of 210
DS (4) got a giant, plastic Storm Trooper (Star Wars) head that makes commands in a super creepy voice when you press the buttons. Aside from being plastic and battery operated, it is not appropriate for his age, super big, and, after you press the buttons a few times, I don't get how a kid would really play with it.
post #74 of 210
three 6-packs of gerber prefolds. When I thought I was getting three dozen real diapers....

For the kids: I was very surprised and impressed with our families this year. They tried really hard.
However... my grandmother bought DD a Disney-themed outfit and insisted that I dress DD in it for pictures (unwashed!) And the outfit wasn't even pretty!
A book about a little bear who is going to a Dr. visit and needs to get a shot to "be healthy".
"Handy Manny" underwear
Bubble-gum flavored Training toothpaste, for a 2.5 yr old who has been using flouride-free unsweetened toothpaste his whole life.
Leap frog fridge phonics, which makes EXACTLY the same sounds as a different leap frog toy we received last year that I still haven't been able to get rid of.
"Safety spoons" for DD, when we don't spoon-feed.
A HUGE play tent. I mean, REALLY huge, like we could put our dining table in it and eat in there.

On the plus side, I also got a subscription to Mothering Magazine. (yay!)
and a Sugar peas fleece diaper cover. melissa and doug (I know..., but it's really good, considering the source.) floor puzzle, about a billion books. I'm actually impressed, the past two years I just wanted to throw everything in a dumpster the day after christmas, this yeah I like more of the gifts than not. All day long I heard "Well, we know how you don't like [insert undesirable toy trait here] so we had to look really hard for a gift, is this okay?" It was great! I felt like, for once, they just gave in and tried to make us happy instead of just buying things to irritate us. They're TRYING!
post #75 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."

Ds was totally disgusted by it and had no interest in playing with it. My other SIL tried to coax him into eating the jelly bellies, but DS refused to believe they were candy.

I couldn't even donate something that bad.
Oh, my kids really, really want a reindeer that does that with chocolate raisins. But I've never been able to find one. A sheep would have worked though.

My kids have a weird sense of humor.
post #76 of 210
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Originally Posted by Britishmum View Post
Oh, my kids really, really want a reindeer that does that with chocolate raisins. But I've never been able to find one. A sheep would have worked though.

My kids have a weird sense of humor.
Hawkins Bazaar in the UK do them, I think. Your prime source for low-quality plastic tat...

We have a 95% hit rate, apart from the stuff bought from the aforementioned shop, and my aunt, who bought my petite 8yo a pair of pyjamas in a size 9-10 AND my 3yo a mug decorated with gollys. I'm struggling to write the thankyou note for that one- any ideas?
post #77 of 210
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.
post #78 of 210
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Originally Posted by mamadebug View Post
DS (4) got a giant, plastic Storm Trooper (Star Wars) head that makes commands in a super creepy voice when you press the buttons.
This one wins!
post #79 of 210
My daughter got that pooping Barbie dog last year, I think for Christmas.

This year she got mainly really good stuff. Nothing that uses batteries, even. Books, board games, puzzles, art supplies, science kits, etc. I was surprised. If not for the huge tub of moon sand, which my vacuum will love anyway, I'd have to give this Christmas 5 stars as far as presents go. My family is usually a bit passive-aggressive with gift giving, but not this time.
post #80 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....
You can watch DVD's on the Playstation 3. So even if you don't want any games in your house, it does serve a purpose. Of course with your not watching DVD's also, that doesn't really make it anymore useful for you guys. You could sell it on Craigslist or ebay-but I am thinking that the friend will ask about it and there might be more games in your future. It was a very generous gift since the game systems aren't inexpensive. If you had already planned on buying a new TV, I would, otherwise just wait a bit. Maybe a new TV is his next gift to you all.

ETA~
Walmart takes anything it sells back. You could return the games.
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