Avoid Useless Gifts – My Top 5 Things to consider when purchasing a gift

The holiday shopping season is underway and many of you are getting into that shopping mood. The kids are writing their wish list and you’re hoping to grab as many things you can off their list.

Top 5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Gift

Before you grab everything off their list, I want you to start thinking about the things you are buying for them. One of my biggest pet peeves is getting or receiving useless items for the kids for Christmas.  I know the thought is there and I really appreciate that.  But sometimes people are in such a hurry to finish their shopping  and they forget to think about their gift.

I know I’ve purchased a bunch of things to find out they were useless.  So I’ve made a list of the Top 5 things to avoid/consider when purchasing a gift.

1.)  Toys that have a gazillion pieces.  You’ll especially want to avoid this if you don’t have proper storage for all of your kids toys.  A toy box just doesn’t do it.  The kids dump all of their toys into the toy box and they don’t ever bother looking for all of the pieces to play with the toy again.

2.)  Extremely Large Toys.  These can be anything from indoor basketball hoops, motorized cars, bouncy ball etc. These types of toys get in the way of everything and are hard to store.  We end up getting rid of the items sooner because we are just frustrated with tripping over these items.

3.)  Think about how your child is going to use the item.  One year Santa brought a wagon for our youngest child.  The wagon seemed like a great gift to put all of the toys in, ride along with etc.  However living in the desert and all of the rocks we have in our back yard made the wagon useless. We never took it anywhere because it wasn’t an easy item to load up in the vehicle and go.

4.)  Board Games. A great gift — if you get the right ones.  When choosing these types of gifts find games that are age appropriate.  If you’re purchasing a game that says 4 or more players and you only have a family of 3 it’s not going to get much use.  Also, choose games that don’t require your assistance.  I love being able to play games with my kids but not all the time.  I want them to be able to play the games without me.

5.)  Clothes. One of my biggest pet peeves when kids get gifts of clothes.  When you are buying a bigger size for a child so they can grow into it, consider the season.  Winter clothes is what you’ll find during the holiday season.  If you’re purchasing a gift for a baby that is 12 months and you buy an 18 month winter outfit and it’ll fit them in the summer.  You just bought a useless gift.

What’s on your list that you try to avoid?



The following two tabs change content below.
Gina is an overwhelmed mother of 4 children which includes twins. She often looks for ways to make life a little easier. When she's not chauffeuring her kids to school, cleaning the house or taking her kids to their activities, she finds her sanity though this blog and through social media. Her journey would not succeed without remembering to put Faith first, Family second and Work third.
This post may contain affiliate links. When you use them, you support MomsLifeboat.com. Thank You! Disclosure Policy

Speak Your Mind



  1. Hi Gina,

    I’m avoiding most non-Lego toys this year, because my kids LOVE Legos right now and it’s just about all that they want. 🙂

  2. My kids have a GIGANTIC Winnie-the-Pooh that is constantly in the way thanks to grandma! I hate that thing but they adore it.


  1. […] they remember? Often times we buy stuff just to have stuff to unwrap during the holidays and the gifts aren’t memorable.  Why put yourself in debt for gift that aren’t […]

MomsLifeboat ~ Las Vegas, NV
Our Policies