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When have you/will you stop paying for your kids' friends' birthday presents?
I'm not sure what I'll do, but I am going to stop funding these at some point.
After grade 9?
Also, what do your kids' friends spend on gifts? I like spending about $10, $15 max but my kids often get $20 to $25 gifts from their friends. I mostly stock up on birthday stuff after christmas, but it gets harder with older kids.
Sometime around 13ish, my daughter started getting them herself. I am fine with that. I try to stay under $10, unless more than one kid is invited to a party, then I will go up by $5, roughly, per additional kid going to said party. My kids get low dollar amount gifts from friends. I am fine with that, too. I am not a good gift giver, except once in a while when I get a great idea.
Good question, I've never really thought about it.
At the moment, I'm still taking care of all the gifts (oldest is 12). I'm sure that this will evolve to me paying but the kids picking out gifts themselves in middle school. Hopefully by highschool they will make all the decisions themselves on what to buy and how much they want to pay from their own pocket.
ETA: Around here $10/gift seems to be the norm for everyone. Unless your the parent of twins (Em has twins in her class) they tend to spend more to make up for the double gifts you buy for their kids.
C...mom to A, C, E, L, I, and R
Last edited by Momtothe6thpower; April 6th, 2011 at 12:52 PM.
I am a crazy sale/clerance shopper and I usually get things that are normally $25 or $30 for $10. I am also the nutty gift giver. It takes me forever to figure out if I want to buy something or not. I want the kid to actually like and want to play with/use the gift. I won't even get on JM at christmas time because I am so busy reading peoples reviews and watching youtube videos of toys and products to see if I think it will be a winner gift or not.,
And I keep a stock of items too. We are far from the kids using their own money to buy gifts so I haven't even thought about that yet.