This makes me think of the old SNL skit with the Dan Aykroyd toys skit – “a box of glass shards makes a great gift!” 🙂
My general advice is to avoid anything with batteries – makes ALL of us happier!!
I agree about the toys with batteries… We have taken most of the batteries out of toys or switched them “off.” There are a few that we allow to keep their abilities to sing (the less annoying ones), but my son likes them about as much as the others that don’t make noise. 🙂 Actually, he prefers things like empty paper towel rolls and red solo cups for stacking games, so I say save your money and throw some empty water bottles their way instead! 😉