How Do You Help Keep Gift Giving Grandparents At Bay?

How Do You Help Keep Gift Giving Grandparents At Bay?

Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 23, 2011

All month we've been talking about collections, and a number of Ohdeedoh readers have expressed their dread at receiving gifts for their kids from friends or family. Why? Well, said family member knows your Sally loves My Little Ponies, and suddenly you find you have a whole stable's worth ready to take over your playroom. How do you help keep this phenomenon at bay?

Now, before it sounds like anyone is ungrateful, that's not the case in the slightest. We're always grateful for gifts that were lovingly picked out for us or for our little ones. That said, the accumulation of things, especially when they are sent cross country and when the giver rarely sees how the gift impacts your home, can be a little overwhelming.

We love that they help encourage and increase a collection of things your child loves, but it's easy for that to go overboard and become just "stuff and things" instead of cherished items.

Do you straight up tell Grandparents books only? Do you tell them a single specific toy? How do you help curb their need for buying the entire toy store? Share your thoughts in the comments below and we'll include them in our list next week with some of our own tried and true methods.

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