Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gather Dust or be a Gift?

I don't know what is in the water, but there are babies/baby bumps everywhere! I've already attended a couple of baby showers in recent weeks, with many many more sure to come. Yesterday I went through Liam's room and a couple of cupboards and closets, and took any baby/toddler stuff that we have yet to use, and put it in a pile. Joe came into the room and asked what I was doing. His eyes were wide, and I could tell that he was panicking just a bit. I told him that I was gathering up all of the unused things I could find in preparation for a season of baby showers. The look of shock did not leave his face.
"You're going to give people these things?", he asked.
"Yes. We clearly won't use them, and I'm sure they will."
"What?! That's horrible! Why would we give people stuff we won't even use?"
"Because we had a million of them, that's why they were not used.", was one of my replies.
"I don't like it. It doesn't seem right.......Wait, will it save us money?"
"Oh, ok. Good idea!"
So I feel the need to ask others. Is it really wrong to give people the stuff that has been gathering dust in your closet, but is perfectly fine? The items only made the cut if they had tags, were never opened, and contained all the pieces. I think that it would be crazy to go out and buy someone a bottle of infant shampoo when I have three unopened bottles in the closet, or buy them another outfit when Liam has four in his closet that he was never able to wear before he got too big. Maybe I'm crazy.
Would you care if you knew?


  1. nope not a bit, waste is waste and I would assume Baby Showers are not just about gifts but sharing a joyous time in a friend's life.

  2. Agreed! As a new mommy, I didn't care if what I was getting from my friends and family was new. In fact, the hand-me-downs were even more memorable! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this way.