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What is the appropriate amount to spend for a kid's birthday present (not your kid)?
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Submitted by flu on March 13, 2010 - 10:59pm
Some I'm totally out of touch with reality, so I thought I'd ask the wiser Piggs.
If your kid is invited to a birthday party, what is the socially acceptable amount of money to spend on that kid's birthday present (age 3-6 group) if....
Scenario 1)The birthday kid is "acquaintance" of your kid..That is, you don't regularly hang out with that kid's parents (maybe a classmate or such)
Scenario 2)The birthday kid is a regular "playmate" but not necessarily a close friend
Scenario 3)The birthday kid is a close friend
In my mind
#1 = $15 to $20
However, having hosted my kid's birthday party with 30+ kids, I'm seeing a lot of the presents are around $30 or more, even for folks that are complete strangers. So I'm just wondering if I'm cheap.
Second question: does this amount change if you bring more than one kid to the party? (For example, the kid's parent has an "open invite" to allow them to bring siblings).
Third question: are there any alternatives to wrapping a present? I just think of all that paper used to wrap a present a complete waste of resources. With my better friends, we have an understanding of no wrapping paper. But for pure strangers, I think it would be kinda odd.
Fourth question: if your kids receives a lot of presents, is there anything wrong with either returning some of the presents or regifting them (provided you don't regift the presents back to the person who gave them to your kid)? I really don't want my kid to have 30+ new things that they opens and plays for 2 hrs and then never plays with again....no matter how educational some of them might be (books,drawing,crafts, etc), not to mention that I don't want my kid to get into a habit of having so much crap.... We have enough stuff as is, and my observation is that my kid still plays with the most basic things like my old tinkertoys, legos, lincoln logs, toolset.
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