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    Quote Originally Posted by harvs View Post
    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
    Ah - see, now this is the problem, isn't it!

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    Books are an amazing gift for 1 year old to a 100 years old. They don't take up much room, they encourage imagination and help with language. What isn't to like?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Books are an amazing gift for 1 year old to a 100 years old. They don't take up much room, they encourage imagination and help with language. What isn't to like?!
    There is nothing not to like about a well-chosen, pre-meditated quality book purchase for a birthday. I would rather no books or just one, quality book rather than many $2 crappy books. I know when I used to buy more books I used to go online and research a new release, something that kids are interested in. I like something with nice illustrations, a bit of humour and sometimes rhyme. Anything to do with underpants children find particularly funny.

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    I haven't read the other replies but why not ask people to donate to a charity instead of buying a prezzie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fi Poledancer View Post
    I haven't read the other replies but why not ask people to donate to a charity instead of buying a prezzie?
    Some posters said they felt as though they felt they didn't have a choice with that option. I think the children's ward would be great. Maybe they could donate books to there.

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    Default Is there a polite/acceptable way to ask for no gifts?

    Quote Originally Posted by waterlily View Post
    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.
    Oh gosh, I have a confession. Two year ago, I knew nothing, nada, zip about babies or children. Now I have a problem with buying and gifting children's books. It's got to the point where I get excited when I hear of babies being born to acquaintances just because I can buy a lovely book, wrap it nicely and send it on. Both parents could be illiterate or belong to a cult where books are banned for all I know, but I can't help it! There has been a mini baby boom at DS daycare and DH work - which is fantastic. Birthdays send me into book buying frenzy! And I get teary reading/hearing the books I read to DS when he was a tiny baby. If someone told me I couldn't buy a book for a littlie's birthday, I'd be devastated!

    Pregnancy and birth did something to my brain, but an addiction to kids books is probably a whole lot better than most other mental illnesses!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Ted View Post
    Some posters said they felt as though they felt they didn't have a choice with that option. I think the children's ward would be great. Maybe they could donate books to there.

    Oh sorry, teach me to read the other responses before I reply :-) you could make it anonymous...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fi Poledancer View Post
    Oh sorry, teach me to read the other responses before I reply :-) you could make it anonymous...
    Yes, anonymous and a choice would probably be okay.

    I don't always read every post either!

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    Ah bh to the rescue - I think the hub has an answer to everything. 😉

    Though now I'm more confused. Currently planning ds' party and I want to request no gifts. I like the wording of "gifts are not expected" but I have my doubts anyone would follow it.

    How did you go @Little Ted? Did you end up saying no gifts for the 4th birthday?

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    My sister chooses a children's charity and requests a donation in lieu of a gift. Most oblige.

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