My DD's birthday is only a month from Christmas and although we got her toys (again) most other people did not. I have pretty practical family members though. Plus when they are really young they only need a couple of things are toys and the rest can be clothes or diapers (they only play with the couple of toys anyway and their biggest fun is just opening the gift regardless of what is inside).
Obviously if people ask what her DD needs she can say clothes, diapers, $$ for college, whatever.
BTW...odd (to me anyway) that she got Christmas gifts (toys) from consignment shops. I just think that is weird. That is not to say I have not gotten my kids toys, etc. from consignment shops, garage sales, moms to moms...but I would never give one as a gift...unless they were new and still packaged.