What NOT to give to a little girl (and what you should)
Well-meaning local throws community into a panic with disturbing doll gifts.
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At least 11 families were deeply uncomfortable after a stranger left porcelain dolls resembling their daughters on their doorsteps, prompting police to investigate the occurrences, which sound like the disturbing plot of a horror movie, reported ABC.

Creepy... or just curious?

The families initially thought that each of them had been the only recipients of the dolls which bore a strong resemblance to their 10-year-old daughters until they discussed it with each other.

All from the same gated California community, terrifying rumours quickly spread until it was revealed that a local church member known to many of them was approached by police; she admitted she’d simply meant to distribute her large doll collection and that she’d tried to match the appearance of the dolls with the little girls.

Police concluded that there was no malicious intent in the Valley of the Dolls saga.

Appropriate gifts for little kids

If you want to give a gift to a child who isn’t your relative without the police or child protection services being called, here are some helpful tips:

•    Do check with the parents that you may give a gift- some parents have rules about such things; for example, some religious groups don’t allow birthday celebrations.
•    Don’t give a pet/live animal or fish as a pet.
•    Noisy gifts can be as emotionally disturbing as creepy dolls- a musical toy which repeats the same tune over and over may be fun for the child but not for moms and dads.
•    Toys with a violent theme may not be welcome. Some parents don’t allow their kids to play with toy weapons.
•    Age-restricted toys such as video games, DVDs or music are not appropriate unless the child is older than the restriction. Even then, parents may object to some types of content.
•    Remember space restrictions: if the family lives in a tiny space, a giant toy such as a play hut or super-sized teddy can cause claustrophobia.
•    Find out from your local online toyshops what kids enjoy and research appropriate toys for specific age groups.

You can always give a gift voucher if you aren’t sure what will work best.

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