Cultural clash alert! I am having a bit of a luxury problem here, there are all these random friends of my parents in law that keep buying the most expensive gifts for my son. And not just for his birthday or Christmas, no, all.year.round. Yes, yes I know, third world problems. You might think what a nice problem to have, but seriously, I don´t know anymore what to do with all these toys.
Some months ago, I already wrote that there are quite some cultural differences between baby shower gifts between where I am from, the Netherlands, and where live. In Spain, friends of your parents, very far away family, they all buy the biggest presents.
But I can say now, it didn´t stop there. We keep getting gifts all the time for the bichin from people we hardly know. It might be that my parents in law are some kinds of saints and they always help a lot of people. My mother in law worked for almost 40 years in the hospital and she has always been the go-to point for all their friends and family (and friends of friends, friends of family, family of friends…like these things go in Spain) in medical matters. She would make sure they got the appointment and saw the best doctor. She would go with them to the appointment, even if she was not working. She would make a call to her colleagues so that they were aware that “family” was coming in (in Spain everybody is family) and to give them some extra support. She is 24/7 available to go to the emergency room if something is wrong.
Long story short, there are A LOT of people that she helped out in the moments that matter most, where there is something health related. All these people want to do something back and since she doesn´t need much, they have now found the perfect way to pay her back: by giving all these big gifts to her only grandson.
Again, I know it´s a luxury problem and it´s all very very sweet, however, it´s just too much. Too many toys and too often. We see gifts as for special moments, it shouldn´t be normal to get gifts all the time, so we end up stocking a lot in the basement or giving it away to charity or friends. I don´t want the bichin to think this is normal and to become a spoiled brat, but I also can´t say to my parents in law that they shouldn’t accept the gifts.
Any ideas on what to do with all these gifts?