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6 year old son got his first party invite. Do we get a present for the kid?

My son got his first birthday party invitation yesterday, from a classmate. I already RSVP'd. I've never done this before so I don't know what to do. Are we supposed to bring a gift? How am I supposed to know what to get him? I tried asking my son what this kid likes, but couldn't get much out of him. So, What is the proper etiquette here? And what is a good price limit for a gift?


Asked by Lobelia at 9:14 AM on May. 9, 2013 in Holidays

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  • Whenever you attend a birthday party taking a gift is good manners. How much you spend depends first on your budget, then on how well you know the child. Since this is a child you don't know well, I don't think you have to spend a lot. When I don't know the child, I've been known to put money or a small gift card inside the wrapper of a giant candy bar (just make sure they know to look in the wrapper).

    I also think books are a good gift, whatever the popular collectible toys are in their age group. I know one of my sons I was able to buy Lego's Bionical's for birthday parties for a couple of years, and they were less than ten dollars.

    Don't worry too much, let your son pick the gift, more importantly the birthday child will be happy to have his friends there, and your son will have a good experience!!

    Answer by ohwrite at 9:22 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • Yes, get a gift. Most boys that age like Legos. Or some kind of remote control car. Gift a gift receipt so if it's not his interest then he can exchange it.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:23 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • Take your son to a toy store and let him pick out something he might thing his friend would like.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 9:39 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • Definitely get a gift around $10-$15 is what I usually spend. I either let DS pick it out or I just pick something I know my son would like. I agree with getting a gift receipt so it can be returned if need be.

    Answer by kmath at 9:41 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • Yes, birthday party means gifts. I'd get something under $20. Something your child would like should work.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:45 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • My 4 year old has already attended 4 classmate birthdays. I set my budget at $15. I never have any idea what to get these kids either so I go for the basic boy/girl stuff. A doll, princess party set, legos, cars.

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 10:01 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • I would do a cheap board game.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 9:15 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • Yes something under $10 is good.

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 9:18 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • Something cheap kids that age mostly like bey blades, pokemon, bakugan. Probably things you like also like.

    Answer by Alisim at 9:22 AM on May. 9, 2013

  • I normally spend about 20 for a gift.

    Answer by liss05 at 9:43 AM on May. 9, 2013

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