7 Rules for Giving My Kids Gifts

I know the title sounds all sorts of ungrateful, but let me start by saying my kids are lucky small people.

They have loving parents, a peaceful home, and enough toys to share with the entire neighborhood (not they’d want to, but still). As impressionable as toy manufacturers bank on, my kids beg for what they see advertised, want what their friends have, and think they have it pretty rough.

They don’t. They have more than enough.

It’s for this reason that my kids don’t need gifts for anything. Santa treats them well at Christmas and we gift them generously on their birthdays. Any other gift they receive beyond Santa, mom and dad is well, gravy.

While I can’t very well tell good-intentioned family and friends not to give my children gifts, I can inform them they don’t have to. Financial times are tough and my kids would get just as much (if not more) enjoyment spending time with family and friends than receiving a gift from them.

But again, kind people will always give from their generous hearts. I understand; I do it too.

So to those wonderful people who absolutely insist on giving my kids gifts, I respectfully request that you follow the following 7 rules (hey, I do it for you):

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  • No gifts they have to share 1 of 7
    No gifts they have to share
    My kids have a hard enough sharing parents, let alone toys. Please don't make them share and pretty please just buy two of the exact same thing in the exact same color for each of them. It's easier that way.
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  • Nothing dangerous 2 of 7
    Nothing dangerous
    "Every kid needs a BB gun!" says Uncle Danger. Not on my watch. You'll shoot your eye out, Kid.
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  • Nothing messy 3 of 7
    Nothing messy
    Yes, kids like messy things. No, parents don't. Unless you're willing to clean up behind my kids every singular time they play with the Moon Sand you so generously gave them, please don't bother buying it.
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  • Nothing fragile 4 of 7
    Nothing fragile
    Let's also expand this rule to include anything collectable. Toys are meant to played with and destroyed in the name of fun, not eyeballed on a shelf.
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  • Nothing with a hundred billion pieces 5 of 7
    Nothing with a hundred billion pieces
    We have enough Legos to last a dozen lifetimes. Besides, itty bitty pieces end in the washing machine or the 4th dimension.
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  • Nothing noisy 6 of 7
    Nothing noisy
    Kids are loud enough. For the love of all things peaceful, consider the noise factor in making your purchase. I do it for you.
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  • Nothing expensive 7 of 7
    Nothing expensive
    Kids don't need expensive toys. Besides, I guarantee they'll be more fascinated by the twist ties and the cool box the toy came in than the toy itself.
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Do you have gift rules?

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