What NOT to Get my Kid for Christmas

What NOT to Get My Kid for Christmas MomCave

I never thought I’d be that mother. The one that cringes inside when her child receives a gift she doesn’t approve of and then takes it away later. But I am. I’ve learned that certain toys either aren’t good or appropriate for my child or are just too freaking annoying for me to deal with.  

For the past couple of years, I’ve made an Amazon list for each of my children and the grandparents have been great about sticking to that. But just in case there’s ever any confusion, my online mama friends and I have some advice to well-meaning family members before they gift our child another gift that drives us batty. Read what they had to say below. And watch us LIVE on Facebook below. We talk with our friend Meredith about this very topic.


Please do not give our kids anything that makes an annoying noise. For example a recorder, whistle, cow bell, megaphone, or a blow horn. Tiffany from #LifewithBoys

“I don’t want my kids to get anything that involves glitter”. Jennifer of Munchkin Treks 

Please do not buy any light sabers, pirate swords, or any toy that could be used as a light saber or pirate sword. Dana from 39ishLife

Anything with small pieces, unless it comes with a container! Rabia Lieber, The Liebers

Silly Putty.The last time we put this in our kids’ stockings, we ended up having to throw out 2 sweatshirts, a small rug and several fabric baby toys. Shannon Johnson, Joy in the Works

Legos. Especially if you know the kids are little and already have a hundred they are not using. Stacey Waltzer, 40 Wishes and Counting

Nothing from Justice, hate those clothes. Or Monster High Dolls, they are the worst! And Bunchems get stuck in kids hair. Kristin Miller Hewitt, Mommy in Sports

Stuff with glitter on it. Whitney Lang Fleming, Playdates on Fridays

No more huge toys that don’t fit in regular storage bins. Like giant, awkwardly shaped Nerf guns that just sit in the middle of the room. Lauri Walker, Mama Needs a Nap

Play piano, lego sets with more than 5 pieces. Jill Eitnier

Kinetic sand (cause play dough wasn’t bad enough), Baby Alive Dolls – so freaking creepy to hear your 3 year old having a conversation over the monitor and for her doll to reply back. Even creepier when it happens at 2 am. Marionette, they get super tangled in 0.2 seconds. Gine Marie, Stage Too

Please don’t gift my kids anything that involves a million little plastic pieces that will end up getting thrown out two weeks later as I rage-clean their room. 
– Kierstin Gunsberg, http://hubpages.com/@kierstingunsberg

Any “toy” actually. My children have more than enough. Exceptions of course are books, legos and kapla blocks. Rina Mae Acosta, Finding Dutchland

Stuffed animals because we currently don’t have room for the collection our girls already have. And anything with tiny beads. They rarely make it into any form of jewelry, but somehow end up all over the house! Kristin Whiteside, KnowMom.net

What NOT to Get My Kid for Christmas MomCave




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