Our daughter turns two in a couple of weeks and I started to wonder: where are we going to put her gifts? We are crammed in our apartment at this point. If we get anything new, something needs to be thrown out. Look, I’m grateful for any gift my child receives, but we just don’t have the room. Although we have asked for no toys since birth, her collection has ballooned and would make a hoarder proud. We always ask for entertainment items for her, such as tumble classes or swim lesson, but our children never get these items. So here is a list of five items no parent enjoys receiving for their kids.
5-Fridge Magnets: I understand the educational value in these items, however good chance every parent has already thrown out at least one of these sets, so don’t bother. They always end up on the floor and disappear underneath the refrigerator. Nothing like going to get that bottle of milk at 2 a.m. just to step on a jagged piece of plastic. No thanks!
4-Anything that makes noise: there is nothing more annoying than getting woken up by a toy with dying batteries. I don’t know why, but when the batteries are almost done the toys start talking on their own like Woody. Trust me, as much as you think these toys are cute, they are beyond annoying when you hear them constantly.
3-Anything that has more than ten pieces: kids lose parts plain and simple. If it has more than ten pieces, don’t buy it. It will be useless when the one piece gets lost. It’s great when your kid likes the item and you have to buy multiple sets because he keeps losing the same piece each time.
2- Anything that requires assembly: this is just a recipe for disaster. If your child likes the product, you are going to be expected to assemble it right away. Kids are impatient, and a meltdown is usually expected if the gift is not assembled within five minutes. Lets not forget the barrage of curses Dad will let fly when he can’t understand the directions.
1-Stuffed Animals: these things are bulky and bacteria traps. It’s a secret parents want you to know. Parents hate stuffed animals, they take up too much space and are a total waste of money since most eventually end up donated or trashed out. Trust me they are germ farms, Just say no!!!!
What gifts do your children get that drives you nuts? Do you plan payback and get their kids an equally annoying gift?