What is the one toy you would ask people NOT to ever buy for your child? We asked the question and you may be surprised by some of the answers.

Unsurprisingly quite a few people said guns and toy weapons. While some said recorders and other noisy toys.

Kinetic sand, paint, glitter, stickers and slime got a strong vote, but some people even said LEGO. Say what?!

One mum shared, “Mine is SQUISHIES! After the scare last year of squishies containing toxic stuff, they are forbidden in our house! Also slime….OMG…I am so over the mess!”

Another said, “Lego. I have countless unopened boxes of it stuffed in the wardrobe.”

Another agreed, “Lego. I’m done with millions of loose pieces.”

One mum said, “Skateboards. But they still buy them for my boys! Think I have got 5 up in the cupboards now lol I just think they are so dangerous.”

Another concerned mum said, “Anything that attaches with a string or line. So afraid of choking.”

“Noisy police cars or fire engines…. Nothing worse than hearing a siren at 3am cause your little one has woken up and decided they want to play with their new cars”, said another.

A couple of people said plastic – “Any cheap piece of plastic crap.”

“Anything that is poorly made and will break within the first day. No landfill please.”

“Dolls, unicorns and any other glittery toys for my twin girls- they hate them (find them boring)”

Even poor old Barbie and jigsaws got a mention!

We loved this mums opinion though – “Nothing. If someone put thought and money into a gift we are grateful.”

Well said! I do totally agree with her on this one. I always tell the kids it’s the thought that counts!

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  • Anything ridiculously noisy that will drive everyone up the wall haha.

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  • Cabbage dolls – they were never appreciated in our house.

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  • LOL Dolls. Man I hate those things. Just plastic garbage that contributes to landfill and poor self esteem for tweens.

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  • My boys would sometimes get the same present from a couple of their friends. They just thanked their friends for the gift and never mentioned they had already got the same gift from someone else.

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  • I can understand some parents not being keen on Lego. Kids leave little bits of it around and you end up missing seeing it and treading on it. It hurts your feet. Not safe if you have little ones around who put it in their mouths….or the older child puts in the little ones’ ear or nose and thinks it’s funny.

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  • I am not a fan of slime, too messy.

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  • Slime for sure. I hate that stuff!

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  • Definitely the thought that counts not so much what it is.


    • I agree -a decision can always be made once a gift is received.

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  • Guns, just hate them. And anything dangerous. My sister brought all my four kids pogo sticks!! uggg

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  • We just do not want people to spend too much money on toys/gifts.

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  • I am grateful for any present that my little boy gets

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  • Wow, that’s a lot of stuff people don’t want. We’re always thankful for any gift received and I have always encouraged that with my son. It’s about the thought that’s gone into the gift, I think.

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  • No guns! My kids love crafty stuff but I hate it..lol

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  • If my daughter doesn’t like a present she knows to be excited and appreciate it then it can go in a cupboard or we pass it on as for presents I don’t want my child to get is I don’t no she is easy to please and happy with anything
    My nephew who was 11 at the time got a x rated colouring book off his pop which had words that he didn’t what they meant like the c word , female body parts

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  • I prefer to avoid getting makeup or nail poslish atm. If asked i will say it. If not, the person will get thank you and I will put it away till my girls are bigger.
    Realistically speaking there hasn’t yet been a toy my kids have received and hated. If you tried to put thought and time in it. Then that’s enough

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