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To find Christmas themed clothing an odd present?

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TiredMummy2015 Mon 28-Dec-15 20:52:33

Well maybe not so much odd as a waste of the gift givers money?

I have a toddler and a small baby, both of whom received christmas clothing from a few people this year. While I appreciate the thought behind getting a gift at all I do feel that it's a bit of a shame as they wont really get worn. My toddler would have got a few wears out of a Christmas jumper in the run up to Christmas, but he received it Christmas morning do will be able to wear it once and then it will look a bit strange. Same with the Christmas outfit bought for my baby.... A very expensive one at that. Obviously neither will still fit next year.

I feel the same about jumpers I saw in Next that said New Year 2015.... Who would spend £35 on something you couldn't really wear again?

Topseyt Mon 28-Dec-15 21:01:19

I can see your point with regard to very small children because of the rate at which they grow, unless the gift giver bought for a year in advance of their ages. I would still let them wear the jumpers though, for that reason. Sod what anyone else thinks.

My DDs are 20, 17 and 13 now, so none growing particularly fast, and a couple probably barely at all now. I get away with it. They all wore last year's Christmas jumpers again this year, and all looked as good as new.

katiegg Mon 28-Dec-15 21:04:42

oh god yes! ds is a December baby, the year he was born, he was bought four Christmas jumpers/ Christmas outfits by various people. only one of them was worn. For his birthday this year, he got three Christmas jumpers, I have shamelessly exchanged them all blush. I dont buy him Christmas jumpers because he'll only get a handful of wears out of them... such a waste!

Eminybob Mon 28-Dec-15 21:11:54


Mil got DS a door mat (wtf??) that said Santa please stop here or something and gave it to us on Xmas day. Plus a few decorations and other stuff. But I suppose they can be used next year. But still.

A few weeks ago she was showing me some stuff she had bought for DS, one of which was a Christmas jumper, so I went to put it in my bag to take home and she said oh no it's for a Christmas present. I must have given her this look hmm because she then said oh I suppose you'd better take it now or he won't get much use out of it. D'ya reckon? confused

MontyYouTerribleCunt Mon 28-Dec-15 21:22:08

Yanbu though I'm hoping the Xmas themed clothes which were a little big on 1yo DD this year might still fit next year? Is that ridiculous..?

ceeveebee Mon 28-Dec-15 21:24:16

Yes I agree - my DS got 3 Christmas jumpers last year. They just about fit him this year so at least we managed to get some wear out of them but they've been stuck in the back of the wardrobe all year!

GloGirl Mon 28-Dec-15 21:26:07

Yabu, people are buying presents they like for their own enjoyment. Can't see the harm. It is a bit wasteful but so many Christmas presents are.

Blueberry234 Mon 28-Dec-15 21:28:11

I buy a couple of presents of Xmas jumpers in the sale for the following year fir a couple of kiddo buy for I give them though as an early present at the beginning of December so they get used, seems to go down well with the parents

Jenijena Mon 28-Dec-15 21:29:19

I've received Christmas themed maternity pyjamas. Talk about limited lifespan... (I'm 6 months pregnant)...

MontyYouTerribleCunt Mon 28-Dec-15 21:31:38

I did love the Xmas themed outfits though... Worth it for the pictures in a way!

weebarra Mon 28-Dec-15 21:37:26

Yes. I admit to buying DD Christmas pyjamas, but she's still wearing her Halloween ones. My MIL got her a Christmas Peppa Pig top, I'm not sure how much use she'll get out of it.

GeoffreysGoat Mon 28-Dec-15 21:41:24

Ds2 got "My first Christmas" socks.

From family we travelled to on the day.

We opened presents at 6pm.

What a waste!

TiredMummy2015 Mon 28-Dec-15 22:24:10

I quite like ornaments or things that can be used the following year. I just hate the waste of brand new clothes that won't now get worn. I do wonder if people realise this when they buy them or if it just doesn't cross their minds. The people who bought them don't have kids so may not have given it much thought.

My mum bought my son a bib that said ' My first Christmas dinner' when he was only a couple of months old and nowhere near weaning... I was able to bring it out again for his second Christmas tjough.

percythepenguin Mon 28-Dec-15 22:39:49

DS 2 was given a Christmas vest and Christmas socks by the in laws on Boxing Dayhmm
We put them on yesterday to at least get some wear out of them and within minutes he'd put the vest beyond use with a massive nappy explosion!

Buttons23 Mon 28-Dec-15 22:42:56

That's one of the reasons I don't buy Christmas jumpers, I think they are a waste. My mil bought one for ds but I knew what it was so I asked if I could open it early for him. He wore it 5-6 times but still not a lot. It's a proper Christmassy one so will now just be worn on indoor days.

Hygge Mon 28-Dec-15 22:46:48

DS got a long sleeved t-shirt last year, with a christmas theme. There was no way it would fit this year so we used it as a pyjama top. Can you do that with any of the things (obviously not the jumper but maybe with the baby stuff?)

DS got a T-Rex crashing through a Christmas tree t-shirt this year. It should still fit next year as it's quite big, but he likes it so if he wants to wear it through the year I'm not going to stop him.

I got a woolly hat with antlers on it, and I will probably wear it whenever it's cold enough to need it. Probably in July given the British weather. fgrin

hownottofuckup Mon 28-Dec-15 22:48:04

Oh I like those presents, I think they're rather indulgent which to my mind a good present should be.
DM bought DD3 a gorgous Xmas outfit last year, I squeezed back in it this year. The sleeves were 3/4 length and you could kinda see her bum when she ran, but she had tights on and she's 2, so its fine. She got complimented!

hownottofuckup Mon 28-Dec-15 22:48:52

I squeezed her back in it

LittleBearPad Mon 28-Dec-15 23:01:19

There's no reason they can't wear the clothes after Christmas.

mysteryfairy Mon 28-Dec-15 23:13:40

My DS2 is 19 so doesn't really grow out of things. I find the appearance of Christmas themed boxers in the wash in any month other than December is a useful indication that the laundry is reaching crisis levels!

OP, you can at least hang on to the toddler stuff for when your small baby is at toddler stage. I think they are also quite nice to keep. I've hardly kept anything but I do have some tiny Christmas related things.

TiredMummy2015 Mon 28-Dec-15 23:22:28

The jumper could potentially be worn by the baby in a couple of years. The Christmas dresses are all a bit too frilly and fussy to wear as nightwear.

They could technically wear the clothes after Christmas yes but I'd feel ridiculous with a baby dressed as a Christmas fairy in January. Maybe it's just me!

SuiGeneris Mon 28-Dec-15 23:38:40

It is ridiculous and a waste of money. Both DCs got Christmas themed clothing this year. One has been with for a couple of hours, the other a bit longer. It saddens/annoys me that the giver has frittered away money that could have been saved/spent on something more usable/durable. Plus can you imagine the environmental impact of making and disposing of these 100% synthetic stuff?

squiggleirl Mon 28-Dec-15 23:44:07

Sometimes I think it's possible to be too practical.

There is nothing silly about a child wearing a Christmas-themed item of clothing after Christmas. It is a piece of clothing, that invariably the child loves, as it's colourful and fun. What's the harm in wearing it in January?

MrsMook Mon 28-Dec-15 23:44:50

DS2 wore his Christmas jumper into February last year. It was a reindeer so definitely festive, but not overly ridiculous.

DS1 was born a week before Christmas. He was bought a lovely velour babygrow in Newborn size. He was born too big for it, and Christmas was long gone before shopping and swapping was a possibility so it went totally to waste. DS2 only fitted that size for two weeks at completely the wrong time of year.

FlatOnTheHill Mon 28-Dec-15 23:49:27

Totally agree. Can you imagine going out now in a christmas jumper. Total waste.

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