I just wish my husband’s family would buy gifts that we like or want to actually use for our one year old. I don’t like most of the clothes he receives – hate those cutesy slogans like “I am the boss around here.” I like board books for him, not cheap plastic toys that fall apart and are made in some unknown company in China. (Not everything has to be USA made, because a lot of good toy companies have high standard requirements for their factories in China).
I have an Amazon wish list for him, like silicone place mats for feeding on the go, board books, sippy cups etc. I don’t even buy hardly any toys for him because everything is interesting to him. If I do get a toy, I don’t get cheap plastic toys that light up or make noise. I believe in good old blocks or Green Toys brands for cars. I just feel like it is a waste of my time to write and send thank you cards for gifts that were obviously not bought with much care or thought.
My MIL never buys toys that are good quality! Please don’t get my baby anything if you just want to but the cheapest thing! I know I sound selfish, but they aren’t hard up. They just have the worst taste in toys, and I can’t throw them away because my husband would not allow it, and they expect to see it when they visit. Ugh.
Also, all the family members know we don’t need any more clothes. I have boxes of hand me downs and I don’t need clothes! I don’t like the clothes you send us because they are fluorescent colored and are made of cheap scratchy material! I have no problem going thrift store shopping for clothes I like for him or buy stuff on sale. I am not a diva princess, but I get annoyed when people don’t ask what our practical needs are for raising a baby! And doubly annoying is she expects a lot of gratitude for the gifts. I always say thank you and send a card.