Thanks But No Thanks
Green Baby had a birthday recently and on the invitations we asked for “No Gifts Please.” Part of the reason was that we just wanted our friends and family to celebrate with us without the pressure of bringing a gift. Another part was because we are careful about the kinds of toys we want Green Baby to play with. Since the holidays are almost upon us, we will have to face this struggle once again. I’m not sure how to handle receiving gifts that we feel are unsafe, not because of the age requirements, but because of what they are made out of. I know I can donate them, but I have a hard time passing on a toy that I feel is unsafe to another child. I could try and return the toys, but then I have to go through the awkward ritual of asking for the receipt from the giver and many toy stores are getting strict with their return policies. Sometimes I think I should just lighten up, but then get the nagging feeling that what I feel is right for my child’s safety isn’t something I should compromise on. What do you do with gifts that you feel are not quite right for your children?
On a related note, I’ve recently been reminded of a Netflix type of site where you can rent toys. This is a great alternative to buying all of the must-have toys then having to get rid of them when the child outgrows them.