Mommy Dearest,

Our daughter has too many toys so we wrote, "No presents" on her third birthday invitations.

Most of the guests brought them anyway so now we are in a pickle with no place to store them.

Should we return the gifts to their givers?

— Piles of Presents

To read the response from Mommy Dearest,


Piles of Presents,

This is a tough one. I've been invited to "no present" parties in the past and the request always makes me feel awkward.

Not comfortable with my tots attending another child's celebration empty handed, I usually opt for a book or gift certificate.

Have you considered donating the toys to children in need? I think that might be the best gesture in this circumstance.

— Mommy Dearest

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