Why I Trash Some of My Kid's Christmas Presents

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opening Christmas presentsI got a text message this week from my daughter's godmother asking if I could give her some ideas for Christmas presents for the kid. I gladly supplied the name of a much-asked for book and her favorite clothing store. If only more people were like her, I'd be more than happy to do the same. It would prevent what I know is to come after Christmas: the annual trashing of the gifts.

Not every gift, mind. I only trash the just plain awful stuff given to my kid by the clueless. Take the fake nails for the 7-year-old.

I'd ask who the heck thinks of giving a 7-year-old fake nails, but I think first we must ask: who MAKES fake nails for a 7-year-old? Because there are Angry Birds on these nails, I am thinking they really were designed for kids. But, hello, fake nails! She's SEVEN! It's gifts like these that make me feel like a Scrooge as I spirit them out from under the Christmas tree while she reads her new books and plays with her new toys.

Don't get me wrong: I love that other people love my kid enough to buy her something. But that doesn't mean I have to let her keep them. The fake nails have already been taken away (actually, she handed them over, knowing they were inappropriate), along with some shower gel chock full of ingredients that give me the heebie jeebies.

Go ahead and call me a Grinch, but let's be realistic here. Have you kept every gift you've ever gotten? The concept of re-gifting was born precisely because this problem exists ... and not just in gifting to kids.

Sometimes presents suck. Maybe it's because the gift giver meant well but simply didn't know much about the recipient. Maybe it's because the gift giver is a loon. Maybe it's just because you are realllllllllly picky.

Point is: we can be gracious about gifts given to our kids. And then we, the parents, have the power to do with them what we want. We can let the kids keep them, or we can make a trash pile and a donate pile, and get them out of the house.

I'm not ashamed to admit I do it. So, who's with me?

Do you let your kids keep all of the Christmas presents or do you take some of them away?

 

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fave82 fave82

Jeez, i think your awful!!

fave82 fave82

**you're (i hate that!!)

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I haven't thrown much out but some goes to charity. I don't have any friends clueless enough to buy real junk but some things I just can't understand why people buy them. One year I received a horribly ugly bag, another a tacky little necklace. I would never use them but I'm sure there is someone out there who would love them so off to the thrift store they went. If something is just plain junk it gets played with for a while, until the wheels fall off a car for example, then it gets thrown out. It teaches kids that there's no point in wasting money on junk.

Rhodin Rhodin

I've never trashed gifts.  I've returned, exchanged, donated, regifted, and stored gifts, but I've never trashed them.

sand008 sand008

@ jalaz77 agree

Austin Keenan

 It's tacky to judge a gift as junk!    Good grief.    They probably give you junk because they know you're going to hate it anyway so why waste money on someone who is too dense to understand the concept.     

the4m... the4mutts

Lord....

Why not AT LEAST donate the items, or regift them to a neighbor kid? You're being wasteful, and though I can't decide if I think you are or not, you're making yourself sound like a stuck up bitch.

nonmember avatar Kathleen

Toys guns are a definite NO at my house, and always have been.

nonmember avatar Cynthia

I have to ask everyone who keeps saying to donate or give it to someone else.....Who exactly should have angry birds fake nails? They're clearly targeted at a very young demographic because of the angry birds, yet this is an age group that really shouldn't be playing with fake nails! And anything that comes into our house as a gift that's potentially dangerous/toxic to our children is certainly being thrown away! Quality items are either donated, re-gifted or returned if they're not of use to us. We do not need or want 20+Barbies in our house!

Heath... HeatherMazzone

I can't imagine just throwing something in the trash that someone spent the time and money to buy you/your child. That's just rude and hateful no matter what the gift was. Give it away for crying out loud. Some people. Geez.

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