I couldn't do that. I don't think they mean any harm. They probably tried the toy in the store and it was fun so they figured your little one would love it. Of course, you know your friends and family and they might have been trying to be mean. I just know I buy kids toys based on what I think they'd love.
really? I get rid of batteries and then if the person who gave us the evil toy has kids, I can be a little spiteful...
I never take batteries out. I just make the toy take a break.