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This is the first year I've had to worry about this. Ryen is getting gifts from her friends at school. At what point do I draw the line without Ryen seeming like a bad friend? A lot of her friends only have 1 or 2 siblings, we have 5 kids and 1 on the way. I can see how they can afford to get all their friends gifts. But, after getting just our kids and families done, we're spent. What do I do?
Every year, I plan out something inexpensive that my kids can give away to whoever they get a gift from. This year, I bought Hello Kitty watches (like 15 watches) off eBay for $10. Her friends thought they were great. Last year, she gave out hair bows that we made.
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I only had one sib growing up and I remember the entire thing being a hassle because my mom wouldn't pay for the gifts. I had to with my own money (and we weren't poor) LOL
One year I remember finding circle candy canes and calling them bracelets. My friends thought it was cool. Her friends will like anything she gives them because all they are probably focused on is what big thing mom and dad is giving them.
Other than class party gifts, this hasn't really come up with my kids yet. But when I was in school my circle of friends and I would put our names in a hat and draw one to decide who we bought a gift for.
Cortney...mom to A, C, E, L, I, and R