When Grandma asks what your kids want for Christmas, you may think speaking in generalities will make things easier for you and her both, but you may be asking for trouble. For instance, if you simply answer with “Elmo,” this may happen:
You may end up with every Elmo toy, book and piece of clothing on the market. 27 gifts later, your kid decides they actually don’t like Elmo so much after all. Instead, be more specific. “Johnny would love the guitar playing Elmo (TIP: Anything that plays music is annoying and a horrible choice). How about, “Johnny would love a set of Elmo books and an Elmo blanket.” Grandma is still going to buy way too many gifts for your child, but if you tell her exactly what your kid wants, she may just stop at 13 gifts instead of 27. It’s worth a shot!