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What will you do with unwanted toys from Christmas?

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This was our first Christmas with our baby boy. Relatives and friends were very excited to buy him loads of gifts including toys. We received 4 electronic puppies. 4! They were two different brands so we returned one of each. We didn't ask for anything like this for him, but he seems to like playing with them. I guess next year we will have to do a better job of telling asking people not to buy certain things and so much. What will you do with the toys you received that you don't want to keep in your home?
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I let ds play with them for a few times and instead of rotating them I we both take them to our local thrift which usually will give the toys to kids in need of some.
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There is a place here that helps (mostly) women with children transition from homeless into a home. I donate a pretty long list of items to St. Stevens. They have mentioned toys but also bedding and personal care items are in great demand. So that is what I do with the unnecessary items we receive or are letting go of.

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Great ideas! I should add that our apartment is only about 700 square feet so even with the toys we want to keep we need to find a good storage solution. We bought a cube style book case that has 9 openings and there are bins that fit into each cube to hold smaller things.

How do your kids feel about donating the items? Do they notice they are gone?
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My kiddo is 13 but yes he always noticed when things were gone.  The 'toy' arugment wasn't one I wanted to fight. If he was happy with 2 talking puppies, fine, have 2 talking puppies.

Over the past 13 years you do not want to know all the legos, hotwheels, stuffed animals etc that we'e owned.  I try to encourage consumables (art supplies etc) or experiences, zoo membership, science membership, movie tickets etc but sometimes it doesnt work out.

ive been creative with storage, felt like i was living in toysrus for years... then realized.. ds is only a kid once...  and its not worth the aguement with family on what 'not to send' nor the argement with ds on what he cant have.

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