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Christmas Gifts from Relatives

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Christmas Gifts from Relatives

My daughter is only 4 months, so I’m really not worried about Christmas this year. I know all the grandparents will get her things anyway, even though she’ll have no idea they’re presents!
My biggest concern is grandparent/relative gifting as she gets older. My husband’s side of the family tends to go overboard on gifts- I’ve seen them get my niece a kiddie 4-wheeler, a tablet to play games on, and a karaoke machine (…and she’s only 5.)
I would never want to put restrictions on gifts, I think I’d cause a lot of family problems by doing that. But I personally don’t want my daughter to have a trampoline or an iPhone or something when she’s 2 or 3 years old.
How do you monitor what others get your child??

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  1. I think it’s good to set ground rules throughout the year so they don’t come as a shock at Christmas. When grandparents & relatives are involved in your child’s life regularly, they will know what your rules are. And it never hurts to ask what they’re considering as gifts “so you don’t get the same ones.” 🙂

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    1. I agree with Stephanie, personally I wouldn’t set rules on what our kids are allowed to receive from relatives but I would make sure it was age appropriate otherwise ill just hang onto the gift until it becomes age appropriate.

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  2. I think one tactic is throughout the year communicate to family members what your kids are into that can give them an idea of the types of gifts that your kids might like. I have asked family members who’ve gone overboard to scale back mostly because it is just overwhelming for young kiddos to get so much!

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  3. Thanks guys! I’ll make sure to keep them all in the loop. Then maybe it won’t even be a big deal when Christmas rolls around. I know everyone is excited to get her things, but setting expectations early on with help avoid awkwardness!

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