So, every year my Mom’s side of the family gets together and we have a Christmas party. And, every year we do a gift exchange for just the kids. My Mom has 8 siblings and each of them have an average of 3 kids each. Plus, there are the great grandkids, which would include my kids. This year, I made a suggestion for all of the great grandkids. Instead of buying new toys with money we don’t have, I suggested that each family go through old toys that their kids are bored with and just throw it in a box and bring it to the Christmas party. Then, we stand in a circle and pass the box off to the family on our left (or right, whatever floats your boat.) Kids, especially those under the age of 5, don’t care if the toys are brand spanking new. They just know that it’s a toy they’ve never seen before and they’ll love it! We’ll see how it goes this Christmas and maybe we’ll make it a tradition.
After searching online for a website that organizes basically the same thing, a toy swap, I found Toyswap.com. I’ve never tried it, but it is intriguing. If I didn’t have parents and in-laws that keep us well stocked on toys, I might try it myself. If you are successful with that site, please share your experience with us.