My kids have two grandmas that love to shop, are super excited about being grandparents, and are super involved in their lives. It's amazing.
However, the gifts really add up. My husband and I do well financially and don't need any help (but of course, giving gifts isn't necessarily about the recipient!). A lot of the clothes and toys go unworn or unplayed with becaue they're lost in a sea of other stuff. I end up selling things at my yard sale with tags on them or in the original packaging.It just seems like such a waste. Not to mention I don't have room in my home to store all this extra stuff.
I try to hint that we dont' need any more stuff, but they just buy it any way so I've resigned myself to the fact that this will continue to go on! lol
Is this a problem at your house and how do you handle it?
Edit: someone brought this up and I wanted to add on:
Just stop buying your own stuff and use theirs... I think it would hurt their feelings to not want their gifts...
My reply: I actually kind of resent them getting so much
stuff because I feel like I can't buy anything! I see toys that I think
my kids would enjoy but then I feel like I can't buy them because they
have so much other stuff.
We really have done this during times when money was tighter. As for Christmas, I get them maybe one toy each that they really want and that no one else got for them, but that's it. The bulk of their christmas comes from the grandparents. If I got them anything, the toys would just get lost in a sea of presents.
As for the clothes, I want to pick out my children's clothing! Your kids are only young once and I want to go through the experience of buying cute outfits for my daughters. Some of the stuff they get is cute, but a lot of it is not my style at all
Also, my mom doesn't like me getting rid of the stuff that my anyone gets me because it might hurt someone's feelings, but what about MY feelings? There's no way I could store everything they buy us and I want to buy stuff for my children too!