We asked for no gifts, didn't dance around the issue, word it just like that.
And everyone brought a gift. :-/
If I was invited to a no gift birthday, I wouldn't bring one, and then I would feel so bad if all the other guests had brought something...
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19-04-2015 20:55 #41
19-04-2015 21:08 #42
I wonder if it would be considered offensive to refuse to accept gifts that people bring if you've specifically asked for none?
Because in theory it's exactly the same thing - rejecting/ignoring someone's wishes, but I bet people would be mighty put out. I think I would...
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19-04-2015 21:19 #43
What about books? You could ask everyone to bring their favorite childhood book with a personalised inscription.
Maybe something likes
If you feel you must bring a gift, can you please let DS experience the joy of your favourite childhood book with a personal inscription for him to look back on in years to come.
Google should give you something better than what I wrote! Haha.
19-04-2015 21:19 #44
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19-04-2015 21:26 #46
I usually never buy toys though, we are book givers usually. For first birthdays I always opt for a beautifully bound classic. Like Peter Pan, Treasure Island, The Secret Garden..
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19-04-2015 21:49 #49
FWIW books don't count to me :-) books that are special and thoughtfully chosen are always gratefully received just like a mixtape - it's like sharing a part of yourself with someone and I think that's pretty awesome. I do love that book idea.
But then I would have to set up a registry and let people know who was getting what book so no one doubles up, and then my email would be lampooned on Reddit and parenting websites :-p
19-04-2015 21:55 #50
I think that the book idea is great...but I have a confession.
My name is LT and I'm a book-aholic. My kids are book-aholics. My DH is a book-aholic. Some more quality books would be lovely, I used to buy hardcovers of children's books for birthdays. I'd be a little afraid we'd end up with more double-ups. DH and I had to have a cull when we got married.
...but I'll still consider it!
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