Specifically, from very close family members. Like parents and in-laws.
We don't have a lot of clutter. But what we do have is almost entirely unwanted gifts from family members.
Like the 3 different types of Memory that they have bought DD over the last two years. Or the weird things that we will never use and serve no practical purpose.
I have no problem with immediately re-gifting/donating gifts from extended family that we will not use, but I tend to hang onto things from our parents for a rather long time. Especially if it is from my side of the family; my mom will ask follow-up questions about gifts, or look for it in my house 5 years down the road at some random moment.
How do you handle it? I'm at breaking point, because we literally have a whole shelf filled with useless things that we don't want. (And as much as we've tried to stop it from being given to us in the first place, it never seems to happen). Because it's the thought that counts, right? But, then I have to stare at a cluttered closet for years, and well...that doesn't make my thoughts very happy.
I'm also curious, what do you do when your kid just receives WAY TOO MANY gifts from family? DD's 5th birthday was in November, and between her birthday party, family gifts, and Chanukah, she has way too many things than we have space to store. And of course, since they are all new, she doesn't want to part with any of them. How do you handle that? For seem reason, our family this year just could not keep it under control, and she received piles of gifts, too many to fit in all her toy storage areas, so they are now taking over our living room.
I thought, at least where toys are concerned, we had our family well trained. Not sure what happened this year, both sides went a little berserk.