Okay, if there was a lemon-of-a-Christmas-gift in the bunch you have surely identified it by now. What was it?
For us, the worst Christmas gift was actually one from a whole year ago. That means it’s been giving me joy and splendor (and sphincter clenches) for all that time.
What is it, you say? Why, it’s the Melissa and Doug money set with like 5,000 million billion pieces. And they are everywhere.
In the playroom….
In the hallway…
And…oh, look! There’s the money tray and it’s completely empty!
(except for that stray piece of Melissa and Doug birthday cake)
What am I doing about it? Well, if I was smart, I would gather it all up and make it “disappear.” But, of course, my kids would notice if it all went away at once. So whenever I find stray fake money around the house I just throw it away. Eventually (and hopefully before they go to college) there will be nothing left.
If you ever have to buy a gift for someone you hate, buy them this mother torturer in disguise. And if you can’t find this, anything with a horrible repetitive noise or covered in glitter will do.
Why? WHY do we to it to ourselves?!
I know of another winner. Jennifer who writes a column for Babble Voices called Southern by Proxy recently wrote about her experience with the evil kid product known as bath markers.
So what’s your least favorite toy? Talk to me, Goose.
For the record, I am a huge fan of Melissa and Doug products. We have a ton of them and they’re awesome. Just not the money – math and capitalism notwithstanding. Because I will say the play money HAS helped my kids learn to count as they make change for the $247 they charge for a Melissa and Doug play donut. And it’s a lot cleaner than real money.