The majority of moms I work with say that no matter how many times they talk with their parents or in-laws, their kids receive WAY too many presents during the holiday season. We all enjoy seeing the joy in a child’s face for Christmas, but sometimes the gifts can become overwhelming. Although the intentions are pure, over-gifting often becomes a burden on the parents. More gifts means less space, more clutter, and more to clean up at the end of each day. I would suggest having a heart to heart with your family members about your expectations for gifts, but if your child receives too many gifts, here are some tips on how to deal.
Leave it at Grandma and Grandpa’s house
I know grandparents mean well, but sometimes they don’t realize how much they are giving their grandkids until it has to be stored and put away! If this is the case, and it is for many families, leave some of their new toys at grandma and grandpa’s house (or whomever the gift givers may be). This is the perfect solution for an overflow of toys and will allow your child’s grandparents to enjoy seeing their grandbabies play with their gifts. It’s a win-win for everyone.
If your child receives a gift that’s too old/too young for them or something that’s just not in their interest, save it for a gift. There is absolutely nothing wrong with re-gifting something you know another child will use and love. I would recommend keeping the toy in its original packaging if you’re going to re-gift it.
Pack it away for a rainy day
You know those days where nothing is keeping your child’s attention? Break out something new and exciting! When kids have too many options, they tend to not choose anything to play with. By strategically having less toys out to play with, your child will end up playing with each thing more (plus it’s less to clean up!) Activity sets and games are great to pack away high in a closet to pull out on a rainy day later in the year when you hear the inevitable “I’m bored!”
Do you have any other tips for parents who are overwhelmed with toys and gifts during the holiday season? Share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org