A Bloggers Child

October 7, 2015

As a blogger my children benefit from certain aspects of my blog.

Days out, reviews and various experiences are all a part of what being a blogger is all about. Something I often struggle with though is where to draw the line when it comes to products I’ve been gifted in return for a review.

In particular toys. We love getting toys to review. Trying out the newest and latest products is lots of fun and it means we learn all about them and get to share them here with you, our readers.

The thing is though I often wonder if I should be putting these toys away for Christmas for them or should I just give them to them when I receive them and be done with it?

I did read a little while ago that some bloggers will give their children the toy they’ve been sent for review, but they’ll tell their child that they’re just testing it for Santa and that if they like it they can have it back for Christmas.

I totally admire bloggers who do this, but its’ not something I could do. I’m a bit of a soft touch when it comes to my girls and I don’t think I’d have the heart or courage to give them a toy and then take it away again, even they were to get it back at Christmas. I also kind of think that takes something away from the magic of Christmas. I mean they’d know already what some of the toys they’d be getting were.

For me the magic of Christmas growing up was all about not knowing what you were going to get. Of course I’d write a list to Santa, but I’d never actually know what things from my list I’d get until I woke up Christmas morning and unwrapped them.

It’s a tough one. I don’t want my children to be spoilt, but then I think that I work hard on my blog so why shouldn’t they enjoy the results of all that hard work?

What do you think? What would you do?


  • Laura Powell-Corbett

    October 7, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I am completely the same – a total soft touch and I would give him the toys to test and let him go for it. The only way around it (for me) would be to not give him the toy to test until Christmas but I don't think brands would like that #bestandworst

  • Louise Fairweather

    October 7, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I've actually turned down a lot of toy reviews for this reason. We still do some, but if I did every toy we were offered we would be drowning in plastic and the boys want nothing for Christmas. Sometimes saying no is the answer. X

  • Chloe (Sorry About The Mess)

    October 7, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Nowadays my general rule is to only accept reviews for toys we were thinking of buying anyway, or something that I KNOW the kids really like/want. It's difficult to save toys for Christmas, as most PRs are probably aiming to have the review out in advance of Christmas. If there is no time constraint on the review, then yes, I would definitely consider saving some for Christmas.

  • Alyssa Mumtoamonster

    October 7, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I am a bit odd and only really buy a token present for christmas as J gets enough as it is. I will treat him to things through the year though. I supose if we started getting reviews i would just let him keep them/or donate if he wasnt that interested

  • Sarah Howe – Run Jump Scrap

    October 7, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I have never even thought of this so good on you! I would just give the toys I think as I guess I haven't bought them so don't like I'm spoiling my daughter. You are right as well – Christmas is all about surprises and it may make them twig about Santa earlier on. Interesting thoughts though. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst hun xx

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    October 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I don't like the idea of giving a kid a toy and then taking it off them. I think if you're giving it to a kid then they should keep it x

  • Lylia Rose

    October 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I would give it to them, but I'd be choosy about what I accept, making sure it's something that is wanted 🙂

  • kerry norris

    October 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I would give it to them. Like you i'm a soft touch and i more often than not think that if it wasn't for me writing and sporting about my life with Eva etc then I wouldn't even be offered anything in the first place, therefore I can't deny her of what is rightfully hers. If that makes sense x

  • Mrs Tubbs

    October 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I'd let my child keep the toy as letting them play with it for the review and then taking it away seems a bit meh. But I'd try and limit the amount of stuff I accepted and maybe buy them less stuff myself. I'd also try to make sure that they're aware that some other children aren't so lucky and encourage them to pass on things they didn't need. It's so hard to know what to do for the best. #bestandworst

  • Becky Pink

    October 11, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Oooh that's a hard one isn't it. I think it depends on the time of year – if it's early on, then it would be really mean to take them away as it will seem like an eternity before they get them back. But in the run up to Christmas, maybe you could get away with it. My problem would be thinking of what else to get them if they already have all these brilliant toys already! Becky x #bestandworst

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