5 Gifts I Will NEVER Buy for my Children

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Do you have gifts you just hate when your children receive?  Recently my top throw away gift is silly putty/playdoh.  Ugghhh.  I don’t like this stuff.  It never seems to stay on the table, and it always finds a way to get into my carpet.  My youngest plays with play doh at church, and always comes home with tons stuck to the bottom of his shoes.  My oldest recently got some for a birthday gift, and he stuck it on his carpet for safe keeping.  Yup, it’s safe there, never going anywhere!

I don’t try to be a mean mom, but I thought it would be fun to share a little about gifts that I will never buy for my children, and why.

Maybe you do buy some of these gifts for your kids, and I would love to hear why.

1. Playdoh/Silly Putty

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  • I’ve already mentioned why I won’t buy these items for my kids.  And chances are, if you buy them for my kids, I will donate them to a local daycare, or throw them away.  :-)  If you do want to give your kids playdoh, you should consider making this recipe from Rachael.

2. A Pet

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  • We’ve tried the pet thing, a few times.  We owned two puppies, at different times, and just didn’t have the patience, or the time to care for them as they need.  My husband and I grew up having pets, but never had the sole responsibility.  We even tried goldfish, it’s just not our thing.  Rather than having PETA called on us, we will just love your animals from a distance, and keep the pets out of our home.

3. A TV

  • We own 2 TVs right now.  That’s enough.  We have one upstairs and one downstairs.  My husband and I don’t even have a TV in our room.  If we don’t need one, neither do our kids.

4. A Computer

  • Besides the insane amount of information available on tablets now, we don’t feel like our kids need their own computers.  To protect their innocence, and to keep friends safe as well, we have one family computer, out in the open, for everyone to see.

5. A Drumset

  • Or anything band related, that makes lots of noise, and possibly create hatred towards us from our neighbors (but I do reserve the right to change my mind about this one if there is real potential for the latest, greatest rock band.  Then again, maybe not…)


What items are on your “NEVER BUYING” list?  Do you share some of these same items?  Have you purchased some of these items for your kids?  What was their favorite gift ever?  What was the biggest present flop you’ve ever given/or received?

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About Anne Banks

Hi, I'm Anne! I am an active learner on this crazy road called life. I love learning about anything, but currently spend most of my study time researching parenting tips and improving health. I get excited about crafting, reading, running, baking, and spending time with my three crazy boys (in no particular order, and sometimes at the same time)! I love sharing what helps me get through the day, and I hope my tips help you!

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2 Responses to 5 Gifts I Will NEVER Buy for my Children

  1. Kelly The Take Action WAHM December 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I never bought toy guns for my kids, other than water guns. Most of their toys were learning based – stuff to build, telescopes, science kits etc.

    • Anne Banks December 24, 2014 at 9:27 am #

      Kelly, we try to buy learning based toys. Toy guns are a requirement in our home, though, with my red-neck father-in-law (I say that with love for him despite his background). :-)