3 Ideas For Unwanted Christmas Toys
We don't like to admit it, but kids don't like every present they receive from relatives -- near or far. We feel bad that our parents don't know exactly what our kids want and they end up giving them exactly what our kids don't want. After Christmas, you have a pile of gifts that go unused, and when guilt is involved, re-gifting is not an option. Here are 3 ideas on what to do with the unwanted toys so you won't feel guilty.
Once the holidays are over, toy drives disappear and donating isn't as accessible. If you are determined to put the unwanted toys toward an altruistic cause, donate them to charitable organizations with thrift stores. The toys will be re-sold, but you indirectly put veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, and those with criminal backgrounds to work. If you want toys to go directly to children, consider donating to hospitals. However, donating toys to hospitals comes with restrictions. Typically, they only accept new, unwrapped toys. This is to prevent infections, but every gift is appreciated. The toys go to kids as a reward for following treatment plan and diets, birthdays spent in the hospital, and as a treat after surgery. If you want to make a child's day brighter, a hospital is good home for your unwanted toys.
A swap party is an adult event, but if you rearrange the guidelines, you may be able to turn it into a toy trade. Getting the kids involved might invite chaos, but if parents know what their kids like, it can be a fun get-together with your friends to trade the baby doll your daughter doesn't want for the shirts Santa didn't bring your son this year. A toy trade party is also a much more fun alternative to trying to convince your daughter that she likes the bright orange mock turtleneck that Grandma gave her for Christmas.
Giving away toys or trading them may weigh on your conscience even if someone is benefiting from the gift. To ease some -- if not all -- of the guilt, keep the toys in your home and repurpose them into something you or your kids will like and use. With a little creativity and a lot of inspiration, you might be able to craft your way out of guilt. If you are looking for living room ideas or new ideas for the kitchen, think about how turning toys into a new product could enhance your decor. There are some pretty fantastic repurposed toy projects out there -- even your kids will be happy to create something new out of their toys.
An unwanted gift is one drawback to the holidays, but the guilt that goes with it doesn't have to spark the post-holiday blues. With a little thought and creativity, there are ways to appreciate all your gifts -- even the ones your kids abandon.