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    Honestly, I wrote no gifts please for DS first birthday and I meant it. I was extremely grateful to those that respected our wishes, and it's not to say I was ungrateful to those who went ahead and got him a present anyway, it's just that...I really meant it, you know?

    DS wants for nothing (material) and I work very hard for him not to grow up spoiled. I would respect their requests if it were me.

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    Maybe do a donation to a charity in the child's name as gift.

    Eg a local Christmas tree, salvos, vinnes or red cross etc..

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    I write no presents for our girls. They get enough crap as it is lol. And because we have a combined party for them every year, its easier for everyone if we say no gifts.

    We did the same thing for our engagement party- we already had all oyr house stuff and didnt need anything so said no gifts. We just wanted their presence, not presents

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    I respect the wishes of the family and don't take a gift. I wrote 'no gifts' on my child's birthday this year because our house is full already. No one respected it, but they did keep the gifts very small.
    If I felt like I had to get something it would be a sheet of stickers, or tattoos...something that could fit in the card.
    Books are lovely too, but our bookshelf is bursting and we have no room for another bookshelf so we now also need to be selective in the books we get too (we borrow from the local library so there's always new books to read, we just don't buy as many now).

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    My first thought was I'd most likely buy the child a department store gift voucher. That way it can be spent when and if needed.
    I'd feel very awkward turning up to a party empty handed, even if it had been requested.

    Me 32, He 35, DS 14, DD 2

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    if you feel you really need to get a gift, maybe a voucher - where the parents could then spend the money on something bigger rather than the many small things.

    Its hard ..

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    I still gave one - but felt bad not doing that bc they came to my sons bday and gave him one didn't feel right. Under a different circumstance I would respect wishes

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    I'd just respect the parents wishes and not give a present. I'm sure they have their reasons for requesting none. I doubt it's some sort of cryptic message, where they do in fact want presents but say they don't, just to make all the other parents put more thought into what they will buy.

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    If it said "no gifts", I wouldn't take a gift. I can think of so many reasons why someone may not want gifts, and I'm not going to insist on something to make myself comfortable against their wishes.

    The fact that it says "no gifts required" though... I dunno. It'd probably depend on the age/relationship etc. If it were someone I/my child was close to, then I might give something if I had something in mind that I knew they'd love, or have my child make them something. I try to avoid gifts purely for the sake of it though.

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    We told everyone No gifts for our wedding...yet some ppl still bought gifts and made those who didn't bring gifts feel bad which made me feel bad. Why can't ppl just do as they are asked on the invite!


 

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