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post #81 of 210
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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?
We got that as a gift when DS was little. It is so fricking weird! And you can't really just drum on it without turning it on because it doesn't make much noise from just being a drum. It lives in a box somewhere in the basement.
post #82 of 210
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melissa and doug (I know..., but it's really good, considering the source.) floor puzzle
Just curious, why is this annoying? I love these for my 5 year old. I'm assuming you prefer wood? I haven't been able to find challenging wooden puzzles for older kids, except for an escher-like on that was $200.
post #83 of 210
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three 6-packs of gerber prefolds. When I thought I was getting three dozen real diapers....
If you can't return them, I'd use them for stuffing pocket dipes.. they work *great* for that.
post #84 of 210
Ugh, the city of Barbie mom got DD ("But it was all so cheap" : ). It's a bunch of Barbie houses/castles with hundreds of little pieces and it's taking up my whole kitchen!! I seriously don't know where I'm going to put it living in a little apartment and all. The thing is it is made for the smaller Barbies and it basically useless since the kids have no dolls the right size. I can't even exchange them as mom tossed all the packaging at her house and tons of the pieces are missing already.
post #85 of 210
Not the worst by far, but since I had a baby tihs year and of course everyone wants to get something for the baby... SO MUCH BABY POWDER! Gallons, literally, of baby powder! I don't even know anyone who uses baby powder any more, lol! I don't mind though, it was well intentioned, I'm sure I'll find a use for it...
post #86 of 210
A Star Wars helmet that "talks."
post #87 of 210
This thread reminds me why I LOVE craigslist!
post #88 of 210
My 17 month old got a giant purple Hannah Montana bean bag chair and one of those NASTY Baby Alive dolls. Blech. They of course insisted on us opening the doll or it would have gone STRAIGHT back to the store.
post #89 of 210
The most annoying? The three remote-controlled vehicles DS1 got that all run on the same frequency. He LOVES them. DS2 is scared of them. And DS1 keeps running them into everyone and everything. I'm the one who mentioned to everyone that DS1 really wanted a remote-controlled vehicle. At least he's having fun. We're going to have to create some special rules for those things, though!

Second place: A robot dog I picked up at a consignment shop for DS2. He's enjoying it, but the darn thing has the most annoying bark. The things I buy to make my kids happy...
post #90 of 210
My MIL seems to have a thing for age inappropriate gifts. She got my three month old toddler sized mittens, an easy grip crayon set for 18+ months, an electronic drum for ages 3 and up, and a highchair. Mittens aren't a half bad idea since my family lives in a colder climate and we're going to be visiting them except they won't fit him till next year. He still won't be playing with either of the toys next Christmas (they both have remains of clearance tags on them so I'm guessing she bought them because they were cheap). The highchair was actually my hubby's idea and will be useful before next Christmas but it's annoying to need to store it for the next 3-ish months in our place with very little storage space.
post #91 of 210
This isn't annoying really, but I thought it was funny. My mom's gf got my then 2 mo DS (who was just shy of 12 lbs) an 18 mo outfit with a note that said "I hope it fits!" lol, he'd 4 months now and is still just barely transitioning to 3-6 mo clothes!
post #92 of 210
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Originally Posted by allisonrose View Post
My MIL seems to have a thing for age inappropriate gifts. She got my three month old toddler sized mittens, an easy grip crayon set for 18+ months, an electronic drum for ages 3 and up, and a highchair. Mittens aren't a half bad idea since my family lives in a colder climate and we're going to be visiting them except they won't fit him till next year. .
My dc love playing with mittens, socks and stocking hats. Maybe she got them a toy and just didn't know it.

My grandparents asked what dc wanted around thanksgiving. I said wooden puzzles - they love them and I love that they are a silent toy (unless you count banging them together which doesn't bother me one bit). They said, "how about leapster this or that"? I went into my bit about not wanting gaming systems. . . I think I had it confused with leapfrog systems. ANyway, we got two leapster things - a table that lights up and makes "musical" sounds and an alphabet spinning toy. I have a hard time explaining to people that I feel that they will better learn the alphabet by me singing it to them and reading about it and that I would rather have real musical instruments as opposed to fake ones. But I try to be grateful as no one is forced to get anything for them and the thought is sweet.

But - my dad made them some awesome wooden toys. Two noisemakers each (don't mind that racket at all as it isn't a computerized sound) and a drum. love it! He also made them a few birdfeeders to go outside our living room picture window door, I think that is cool too.
post #93 of 210
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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!
Mine smells very ... chemical-y. When I opened it my mom said "Um, you could use it on your sofa." (My sister wasn't here for presents this year.) But I don't think I will. It just smells weird.

I got her a nice (or at least I thought it was!) necklace for her birthday last month. Maybe she's telling me I have stinky taste in jewelry. I thought an 18yo would like it though.

You'd think a teenage girl would be less likely to give an "uncool" gift, especially since she has a job and spending money! (Not that I wanted something expensive, just that it wasn't like all she could afford was a lint roller.)
post #94 of 210
Since the lint roller was more "disappointing" I do know which gift was most annoying.

A "Go Baby Go" spinning and bouncing zebra with "rewarding music and lights" handlebars. Already taken out of the box and set up, so impossible to regift or store until it's more age-appropriate. Note to ILs: your granddaughter is not 36 months. 7 months, not 36. Thanks.

What really irks me is that it's already put together. I know a little girl who

a. is the right age for it
b. lives in a much bigger house than us
c. has a mom who doesn't mind plastic and electronics
d. loves to play on the similar things at the park and
e. just moved to an area without a park

But I can't send it to her because DD's grandparents threw the box away.
post #95 of 210
A Thomas the Train and friends plastic track with a zillion track pieces for ages 3 and up - my son is 2! It took me half an hour just to get all the pieces untied from the box and I finally decided it was ridiculous to continue so ds just played with it half put together with Thomas flying off the unfinished track like a ski jump and ds pushing the music button. We put it in the attic after he went to bed on the 23rd and he hasn't mentioned it yet! My dh built a playstand for him and we didn't want the noisy train to be distracting from that.

2nd most annoying gift is a winter coat from grandma. DS has 7 coats now and that was the last thing he needed! The tag is still on it, but I don't recognize the brand. Couldn't she have at least asked if he needed it? Hopefully I can find where she got it and exchange for a bigger size for next year!
post #96 of 210
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Originally Posted by butterfly_mommy View Post
I kept making the doll cry, my dad stopped the car grabbed my doll took the back off and threw the batteries out the widow, the doll never cried again
Am I a horrible mama because I am HOWLING with laughter at that image?!?!? OMG!!! At least he didn't throw the entire doll out the window!!!! That is HILARIOUS.

I hope you weren't too traumatized as a 3-year-old, though.
post #97 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. 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.
My 7 yo nephew got that as well, and he LOVES IT!! So do his dad and his uncle (my DH) : My nephew talks in the creepy voice about droids or something and than falls around the house dramatically. I thought it was pretty cool.

And just think- next year's Halloween costume is mostly done already! Just wrap a white sheet around your DS, throw on the helmet, and presto!
post #98 of 210
This isn't a bad gift, but my ILs didn't get my son anything for Christmas. Not one thing.

He is our first child (after 10 years of marriage!) and only their 3rd grandchild altogether. They sent a huge copy paper box in the mail filled with 3 presents- 2 for DH (slippers and a shirt) and 1 for me (a Target giftcard). There was so much extra room that they had to stuff newspaper all around. And nothing for their grandson.

He's only 4 months, so it's not like he knows any better. And we certainly aren't owed any gifts, but still..... it was just so odd.

Maybe I'm supposed to use my giftcard to buy DS something????
post #99 of 210
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.
post #100 of 210
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Originally Posted by Belia View Post
This isn't a bad gift, but my ILs didn't get my son anything for Christmas. Not one thing.

He is our first child (after 10 years of marriage!) and only their 3rd grandchild altogether. They sent a huge copy paper box in the mail filled with 3 presents- 2 for DH (slippers and a shirt) and 1 for me (a Target giftcard). There was so much extra room that they had to stuff newspaper all around. And nothing for their grandson.

He's only 4 months, so it's not like he knows any better. And we certainly aren't owed any gifts, but still..... it was just so odd.

Maybe I'm supposed to use my giftcard to buy DS something????
Oh, Mama! That makes me so sad! I'm sorry. It's very disrespectful of them not to recognize an important member of the family.
HUGS!
~maddymama
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