I'm just not sure what proper etiquette is here. My family is very generous and likes to get the kids gifts for any and every occasion. Usually it is something small, like chocolate or something. But there are certain things that I'm sick of getting. Number one is chocolate. My kids are 1 and 3, we don't let them eat a lot of chocolate. It's not forbidden or anything, but they know its a treat and not a normal everyday thing. DH and I will eat it occasionally, but not in huge quantities. Because of this we still have Christmas candy hanging around the house! I also hate collecting dollar store or check out line seasonal stuffed animals....they end up all over my house.
I am grateful that my family likes to spoil my kids and treat them to things, but I also don't want our kids to come to expect it, kwim? I am thinking about it because valentines day is upon us. Is there a polite way to tell them to not get the kids anything? I've mentioned before at big holidays that the kids don't eat a lot of candy (especially when the youngest was under a year) and told them to go easy on it cause DH and I didn't want to end up eating it all. They did seem to listen. We did get some candy, but nothing over the top. So I may be worried for nothing, but i'm just wondering what anyone else in this situation has done?