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    I would not have thought about it to be honest

    but I also dont have issues with people exchanging gifts either - so wouldnt do it myself.

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    Who really knows the motivations behind writing on the package? Having no knowledge of the giver/receiver there are many reasons why they did that.

    Maybe they didn't plan on getting a card but decided last minute to get one? Plus I know how easy it is for cards/gifts to become separated. Or maybe the receiver had already been busted regifting so the giver was getting their own back.

    I have no issues with either writing on the packaging, though it is a little odd, or exchanging the gift if you have a double up/don't like it, I mean who really cares?

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    I've never had a parent do that with a birthday gift, but my MIL writes on the BOOKS she gives in black permanent marker and I freaking hate that with a passion. It causes all manner of issues because if one kid goes to pick up the book the kid whose name is on the front carries on. If the name wasnt on it, then eventually they forget whose it was and share it no problem.
    I also hate defacing books. But I also cant stand the MIL, so maybe I wouldnt care if someone else did it... um, nah I would.

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    I wouldn't have an issue if I received a gift like this.
    I'm guessing that the person wrote on the item's packaging so that the parents would know who gave that gift.
    I've seen kids unwrap gifts at parties (and Christmas) where the card may or may not be read, and then the wrapping paper is excitedly ripped off by the child and at the end of the night the child can't remember who gave them which gift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel3072 View Post
    I've never had a parent do that with a birthday gift, but my MIL writes on the BOOKS she gives in black permanent marker and I freaking hate that with a passion. It causes all manner of issues because if one kid goes to pick up the book the kid whose name is on the front carries on. If the name wasnt on it, then eventually they forget whose it was and share it no problem.
    I also hate defacing books. But I also cant stand the MIL, so maybe I wouldnt care if someone else did it... um, nah I would.
    I also don't like people writing in books. Books are for sharing.

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    I would never write on the actual gift! So often at birthday parties your child will get double-up presents, it's good to be able to have the option to re-gift / exchange. I go a step further and tell the birthday child's mother where I bought the present from so they can exchange it if they need to. No need to get offended, just because I spent time choosing a gift doesn't mean it's going to hit the mark.

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