My Present Cupboard…Foiled!
Posted by Beckie | Filed under Beckie
At some point in a person’s young life, the birthday party circuit starts. Most people love birthday parties: play, cake and for the kiddies… receiving the oh-so-exciting “loot bag”.
I like to think that I’m a smart cookie with a designated present cupboard located in a secret spot. Throughout the year I purchase items for birthday party gifts, special occasions etc. and once a year in December we donate a few toys to one of the holiday drop boxes. I buy generic items that most kids will like (including my own) such as building blocks or books, but the purchases are only made when I see them for a really good price.
I find the best things when I’m not specifically looking for them. Of course when I am trying to track down something specific I have the hardest time finding anything that meets my goals (the right item at the right price) e.g. looking for a child’s bathing suit in November can be really hard and may involve looooong walks through malls, checking in all of the children’s stores and some begging…er…I mean pleading for sales associates to check their storage rooms.
Here comes the “foiled” part….A couple of years ago, I first encountered a party invite that was a big shocker. It was from a company where you do an online RSVP, and instead of attending the party with a gift you give a “contribution” with your credit card. After the company takes a cut, the birthday child uses half of the money for a gift of their choice, and the other half for a charitable donation. As stated on the company website, its “easy” for the guests, “meaningful” for the birthday child and apparently “fun” for all.
So I get that not everyone wants a haul of cheaply made plastic toys that are destined to be quickly broken and end up at the dump. Technically, the online option offers an “environmental” choice. I also support giving the money to a charity, especially if the birthday child becomes involved with this. To some degree it is definitely easy to use my credit card and be done with thinking about what to give. Ultimately, going this route is certainly not something I’d ever do as a birthday party host. I’d rather have my kid receive re-gifts or something inexpensive, than have someone feel obliged to rack up charges on their credit card.
Sooooo…what do YOU think?