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Does this happen to you? Your son arrives home from school all excited because he got invited to his friendís birthday party. He immediately asks if he can go to the party, and you immediately begin asking yourself a series of questions before you tell your son that he can attend his friendís party. Hopefully the following tips will answer some of your questions about birthday party gift giving etiquette.
How much do you spend?First and foremost, when I am buying gifts for kid parties, I consider things like how well my child knows the birthday child. Is the child a new friend he just met this year or is it someone heís known a long time. I will spend more money on gifts for my nephews or the boys my kids have known since they were born than I will for a friend they just met.
Another factor is whether or not both of my boys are invited to the party. My kids are very close in age, so they do have some of the same friends. So when they are both invited to a party, should I send 2 gifts or should I spend twice as much as I normally would? Recently I opted to buy one gift and spend a little more than I normally would. I donít know if itís the right etiquette or not, but itís what I plan to do from now on.
How can I save money on Birthday Gifts?Start shopping early.†I hardly ever pay full price for a gift.† †When stores have toys on clearance after Christmas and again in the summer, I scope out the toys for discounts. I create a little stock pile (just like my grocery stockpile) of toys.† I keep my eyes out for things that could make nice gifts at birthday parties my kids my get invited to, birthday gifts for my kids, and of course Christmas for my kids and family members for the following year.
Use gift cards to purchase gifts. I like to save up my gift cards I get at Target and then use them to get gifts for ďfree.Ē Target often runs gift card promotions where if you buy a certain amount of one item, you get a gift card free. For example, this last week, when I bought 10 of the drinks that my family likes, I got a $5 gift card back.
DIY gifts.†These can sometimes save you money, and the gifts are a little more personalized for the birthday child. Here are a few ideas for DIY gifts:
What If My Child Canít Attend the Party? Do I Still Need to Send a Gift?Etiquette says just because your child is invited to a birthday party, doesnít mean you have to buy a gift. If the party is for your childís best friend, you may still want to send a gift. Itís really up to you when it comes to gift giving for birthday parties.
Before you send your kid off to his friendís birthday party, donít forget these other rules for attending parties:
Disney Family has a few more ideas on birthday party etiquette†you may want to check out.†
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