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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    Honestly I think $10-15 is absolutely fine. My dd had a large party last year & was showered with gifts. Some of them would have cost $5, others up to $50. It was a bit overwhelming with the sheer amount of stuff, & then there was family too. I would hate to think people felt obligated to spend more than they felt comfortable with. Her favourite gifts were a pencil case set & a skipping rope that were probably $5 each.
    Our society has such a 'buy buy buy' consumeristic mentality. Buy more 'stuff' at easter, halloween, valentines day. I think we (as a society) are so wasteful & overspend waaaay to much on things that will barely get played with because the house is overflowing with more 'stuff'

    Gosh, that was a bit of a vent,sorry! I tend to be finding tangents lately. Must have some pent up frustration, haha. Can you tell I am a minimalist?
    I'm a hypocrite. I don't want to be seen as "cheap" when giving a present but my kids and I honestly couldn't care how much a present cost. Like you last birthday it was really overwhelming and I have no idea who gave her what. I told a friend to get her fruit loops (I won't buy them as an everyday thing) and she was stoked 😄

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    Honestly I think $10-15 is absolutely fine. My dd had a large party last year & was showered with gifts. Some of them would have cost $5, others up to $50. It was a bit overwhelming with the sheer amount of stuff, & then there was family too. I would hate to think people felt obligated to spend more than they felt comfortable with. Her favourite gifts were a pencil case set & a skipping rope that were probably $5 each.
    Our society has such a 'buy buy buy' consumeristic mentality. Buy more 'stuff' at easter, halloween, valentines day. I think we (as a society) are so wasteful & overspend waaaay to much on things that will barely get played with because the house is overflowing with more 'stuff'

    Gosh, that was a bit of a vent,sorry! I tend to be finding tangents lately. Must have some pent up frustration, haha. Can you tell I am a minimalist?
    I agree so much stuff, I usually get experiences now - as a few examples a voucher for the local indoor playgrounds like chipmunks etc, trampoline parks, laser tags, ice skating, ten pin bowling or movies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    I'm a hypocrite. I don't want to be seen as "cheap" when giving a present but my kids and I honestly couldn't care how much a present cost. Like you last birthday it was really overwhelming and I have no idea who gave her what. I told a friend to get her fruit loops (I won't buy them as an everyday thing) and she was stoked 😄
    Yes... this is me...especially since its a new school and new parents etc.

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    For my older DD's friends i give $20 movie gift cards or $20 smiggle gift cards.
    Seems to go down well

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    $15-20.

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    My DS is 4 and I think 10-15 is ample for this age.

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    I always buy books from kmart as birthday presents and they are cheap. I would be really happy if someone gives books as presents for my kids no matter how cheap they are.

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    If it's a whole class party (ie, not a close friend of one of my kids), I spend $10, because I figure they must get so much stuff at them. I'll buy a book, or some stationary, or a cheap dress up....basically something that won't clutter their house.
    If it's a close friend, I spend max of $25 (mainly on my older kid's friends).
    Honestly, I think more than that is too much. If I buy things on sale, I still look at presents that would only cost $25 max. I would hate for a parent to think I spent $50 on their child, and I would hate to think that someone spent that on mine, tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    If it's a whole class party (ie, not a close friend of one of my kids), I spend $10, because I figure they must get so much stuff at them. I'll buy a book, or some stationary, or a cheap dress up....basically something that won't clutter their house.
    If it's a close friend, I spend max of $25 (mainly on my older kid's friends).
    Honestly, I think more than that is too much. If I buy things on sale, I still look at presents that would only cost $25 max. I would hate for a parent to think I spent $50 on their child, and I would hate to think that someone spent that on mine, tbh.
    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.
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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 think that's fine - people should spend what they are comfortable with. We are on a low single income, & usually have around 3 -4 birthday parties a month, so I usually spend $10-15. Sometimes less if I get some good specials (I am pretty good at finding a bargain ) If you are comfortable spending $50, then why not!

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