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post #21 of 24
I tell people over and over we don't need/want stuff, so I have no problem getting rid of it if they don't listen. Example... I told my father not to get lots of things for Fallon when she was born as we were in a one bedroom apartment and had no space. What did he bring by a week later? A 3.5 ft. tall teddy bear that basically took up an entire corner of our bedroom. We had no problem sending it off to Good Will.

I recently took all of Fallon's plastic toys and moved them to the party room in our building. Now they're there for the kids to play with at events, play group, etc. and aren't clutter in our house. Some books have also moved to the downstairs library. Other things get freecycled, go to Good Will, donated for community raffles, or when appropriate are re-gifted (i.e. when I know someone else will love it, not just because I need to come up with a gift).

I love the idea of asking for memberships, event tickets, etc. A girlfriend and I decided a couple years ago that we wouldn't exchange birthday gifts, but we would do something together instead. It is so much nicer to get together for dinner and a movie than to worry about where I'm going to put another decorative candle!
post #22 of 24
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You are all so brave I guess I just live in fear of my family. But I'm going to go for it anyway & hope they don't notice. I really, really like the idea of asking for memberships & consumable stuff. I'm going to start a list so I'll always have ideas handy.

I did make a sizeable dent over the weekend. It included many gifts, but they were so old I'm sure no one will remember!
post #23 of 24
"My MIL just gave us a small replica of a statue that is on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO and she paid over 1,000 for it. It's ok, a copper sculpture of a girl swinging in a chair but really I don't think it is beautiful. "
Funny how people's tastes are different - I love that sculpture & would've thought anyone would have loved it too! You just never know, I guess Funny how unwanted gifts are such a common issue, but no one thinks they are a crummy gift giver. I think sometimes the giver is just super attached to something & can justify buying it for themselves, and can't imagine someone they love not loving it as much, kwim? There are certainly things that I have sent back to my mom's house that are nice, but not my style, so I've asked that they live there so they don't get broken here
post #24 of 24
Lessons are another good gift - mil&fil bought swimming lessons for dd at christmas.
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