There has been interesting discussion over at the Washington Post on the topic of birthday party presents. In this great article, the author highlights her guidelines on handling which party invitations her kids accept, her party present budget, and thinking through with her children what the birthday child would like to receive. I am with her as far as the party present budget goes … $10 and under is plenty. She comes up with one quandary, however: When one family has been extremely generous with party presents for her son and the family finally decides to hold a party for its child, should she splurge on that party present or stay within her original budget?
My answer to this: stick with your present budget. This is really the top priority, especially during these economic times, and buying an expensive gift isn’t really a way to pay back what a family has done for your child throughout the years. Although they have been generous, attending the family’s party as a guest is the best present, and giving a well thought-out gift that is within budget is the absolute best plan.
Defining and sticking to a present budget is really important, especially with so many kids’ parties on the calendar each year. Thoughtful, budget-friendly presents are the way to go!