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    This year my son raised money for the Yarloop fire victims instead of presents. He turned 5 and had 15 kids at his party. Honestly I did it because I didn't want 15 presents coming into the house that I knew he probably wouldn't play with.

    He raised $250 and donated it through his school. He was so happy with this.

    If people genuinely are troubled by the amount of stuff their kids get I'd strongly recommend doing this.

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    I aim for $25 but if I spend over or under then so be it, I pick a gift that I think the child will like. I have to admit, DD got heaps of Lego for her 5th birthday, and I'm not sure if she is too young for it, but she hasn't played with any of it! Not even once.

    Her favorite gift was a bar of strawberry soap and strawberry body butter from the Body Shop. Probably a $10 gift, but it came in a tin and she felt so grown up using it. Random present I thought for a 5 year old, but just shows I don't know squat cause she adored it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by siansmum View Post
    I don't mind what people spend on my child, but if I'm happy to spend $50 on their child, then so be it. I'm not a person to have a stock pile of gifts in the cupboard that I bought on sale (and I'm not having a go at people who do that). I like to ask the parent what the child's interests are and then buy according to what they're into at the time, as well as a piece of clothing.
    I should have clarified that I wasn't aiming my post at you in particular. It was just a random amount, I didn't even realise that I had written what you spend until afterwards.
    In saying that, I would personally feel very uncomfortable if one of my kid's school friends arrived with such an expensive present.
    I am like you, though and ask for child's interests and buy accordingly, rather than stock piling presents.

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    Kids' birthdays I don't spend any more than $20.

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    We generally spend $30, occasionally as little more with the wrapping and card added on. I've noticed only about half of little man's friends actually have parties every year so its' not too costly.

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    $15 to $20 for friends. $30 for best buds forever. You know the ones that have been best friends for years.


 

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