Look at these.
I like toys like that.
I do not like toys like this.
How do you (politely) let people know that you'd prefer that they not give your kid plastic chemical soaked toys? Or loud toys? Or anything that is designed to cruise faster than a Ferrari?
I'm not the type of person who has trouble being direct, but handing out gift requests is something that I abhor. I find registries and want lists and catalog favorites tacky. (For our wedding we suggested charity donations in lieu of presents.)
I have no idea how to say, "Does this come with a gift receipt?" without feeling like dog doo doo.
Then again, I'd really rather my kid didn't suck on something that smells like a used tire lot.
How do you handle this sort of thing?