1. says:

    December 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    So, you're asking if you spend your TIME to fix up a very beautiful dollhouse…

    Yeah, of course, you should do it, I wouldn't hesitate. I still get used books and DVDs and they are stocking stuffers. It's all good, the kids don't care.

  2. Karen Adamo says:

    December 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    We regift all the time. Ruby's five and she has yet to distinguish between a used gift and a new one. She loves getting toys from the thrift store and I don't think it even crosses her mind that the previous use of the toys might diminish their value. Her grandparents send her interesting things they find at thrift stores and she loves that. I don't think kids get the message that you don't care enough to get something good if they've never been introduced to the idea that second-hand is lesser (assuming, of course, that the item is in good or improved condition, as is the case with Annika's great new dollhouse!). I can't imagine Annika at age two will have any idea. I think this generation can be different and can shed the idea that all of our belongings must come off the factory line. It's an outdated idea that I think should stay in the past.

  3. Lorien says:

    December 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I just did our x-mas shopping at the thrift store. I was able to get many more fun toys than I would have been able if they were new. They are too little to care now, and hopefully I will be able to teach them that new is rarely more fun and often much less fun. Seriously. I can buy 7 or 8 used toys that are really cool, or I can buy one brand new crappy toy. Which do you think they will pick when they do understand? I say, "Wow cool dollhouse!"

  4. Lindsay says:

    December 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Soooo….I LOVE the dollhouse, and I LOVE the idea of regifting while you can! I hear of 4th graders begging for iPhones, and while I certainly hope that won't be *MY* kid one day, the truth is, at some point buying used just might not be nearly as easy, or as acceptable to the gift reciever. Maybe. So, I say get it. AND, you could even decorate it WITH Annika. Let her help you pick the colors to paint the house, and the rooms. You can probably get carpet or tile scraps from somewhere, too. You could completely remodel it together! And I heard that hot glue is the best for something that you may or may not want to remove later, say in a few years when she decides she wants to change the carpet colors. Then, it really truly CAN become that gift that you put "love and care" in selecting. So nope, reuse, reduce, recyle, regift!!!! 🙂

  5. Lindsay says:

    December 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    That last sentence was supposed to read "nope nothing wrong with it! Reuse, Reduce, Recylce, Regift!

    (I should go to bed now)

  6. Annie Nestlerode says:

    December 3, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I think it's a great idea!! Painting the dollhouse and adding Mom's special touches will make this a terrific gift! Plus it will be new to Annika and accessories can add up so you may as well save wherever you can. I say "yes" to regift!!

  7. Lisa says:

    December 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Ha! One of Lexi's gifts for this year is a Melissa and Doug dollhouse that I bought (slightly) used from another mama on the AP list. Obviously, I think it's fine. It may be the crowd that we hang out with, but I love the fact that used does not have the same connotation that it did in years past or in other places I've lived. I'm a big bargain hunter and I like to be able to respond to a compliment with "thanks, I got it for 2 bucks at a yard sale!" I love hand-me-downs. I love passing things that I can't use on to friends. I love freecycle. And, I suspect that it's true that there will come a time that our kids will only want new, so enjoy the hand-me-downs and thrift store purchases while you can!

  8. Lisa says:

    December 3, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Oh, and just FYI, you probably want to try to remove as much of the crayon (assuming it is crayon) as possible before painting. Otherwise the paint is not likely to cover very well and may peel.

  9. Martha says:

    December 3, 2010 at 6:01 am

    @Candy, well when you put it that way, it seems like this is actually a gift with extra love! 🙂

    @Karen, yes! I do think that the idea that every gift must be new is an outdated idea. I love to thrift shop and the majority of Annika's toys are used. I think she'll get used to it as a way of life. Heck, maybe I'll even make this a Christmas tradition.

    @Lorien, it is nice to think that we can get way more cool stuff than just one new thing.

    @Lindsay, great idea for the accessories and letting her help decorate! I love it. Good idea!

    @Annie, thanks! Have you ever regifted to Susan?

    @Lisa, LOL, funny. Well, at least there won't be any "dollhouse envy" between the girls! 🙂

  10. Ronda says:

    December 3, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Well I hope the other comments have reassured you, that it is fine to regift! I think it will help to teach our kids to reuse and recycle if we can set an example. Emma loves care bears and I ordered some of the vintage figures from ebay to give to her at Christmas. I also have some old puzzles that are in good shape to give her.

  11. Liz says:

    December 4, 2010 at 4:15 am

    I think its a wonderful idea! Like you said, she's too young to know anyway. And besides, after you paint it, it will be brand new. Even if she were older, I'm sure she'd just be excited to get a fabulous dollhouse. Most of Olivia's presents will be from consignment or garage sales. I found some GREAT things for a GREAT price, and it jut didn't make sense not to buy them. Saving money and reusing is a wonderful lifelong lesson.

  12. Martha says:

    December 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    @ Liz, yep. I'm thinking now that I should make it a holiday tradition to go out of my way to always have at least one used gift. I know that people always say that Christmas is more about giving than receiving, and family and yada yada yada. But it doesn't seem to always send that direct message. I like the idea of adding in another message about reusing and finding ways to give gifts that don't negatively impact the environment and our pocketbooks. That way the it's even less about the gifts and more about the thoughtfulness behind the gift.

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