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Do you allow your kids to help pick out gifts?

Posted by on Apr. 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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I ask because of a recent birthday experience:

My sil helped my mil pick out my daughter's birthday gifts. It was all hello kitty stuff. Not because my daughter loves or even likes hello kitty but because my sil does. Now my sil is a 21 yo SN person but is more like a teenager mentally and emotionally, but she's very smart.

I won't say anything to my mil, as I a grateful that they bought my daughter gifts and that's how I was brought up to appreciate what you receive. I did, however, use it as a learning experience for my older kids. Letting them know that we should think of others wants/needs when buying gifts over our own wants/needs.

Do you allow your kids to pick out what gifts? Do you limit what they're able to buy? Do you encourage them to think about what the person would like?

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othermom
by Ruby Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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yes I let them help, they usually know what their friends like or might want.

Jemia
by Shekella on Apr. 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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Yes if it is for a friend of theirs.
Saucy1
by Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I let my kids pick. I ask what they think the person will like. It's fun to see what they pick out. 

funhappymom
by Bronze Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM

It is fun to see what they pick.

Quoting Saucy1:

I let my kids pick. I ask what they think the person will like. It's fun to see what they pick out. 


amyjane22
by Amy on Apr. 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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I let my oldest (7 years old) give his input, but I always remind him that it's about what the recipient likes...not what he likes.  He does pretty well. 

egyptian_mommy
by Gold Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM
It depends on who it's for.
melliburger
by Melli on Apr. 18, 2014 at 1:16 AM

No because he is 3. When he is older we will see.

I do most of hte gift shopping anyway.

chicken13
by Silver Member on Apr. 18, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Yes, I've always let her help.  We brainstorm ideas (what the other person likes, etc), then I pick a store and a budget.

lapcounter
by Silver Member on Apr. 18, 2014 at 6:26 AM
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Quoting othermom:

yes I let them help, they usually know what their friends like or might want.

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MrsApple
by Member on Apr. 18, 2014 at 6:42 AM

Yes,but I always ask that she think about what the person might like.I wouldn't let her just pick something that she likes.

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