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Classmates Birthday Parties *Poll *ETA update

Posted by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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Poll

Question: What should we give?

Options:

A card with $5 money or gift

Card with $10 money or gift

Card with $15 or more money or gift

Card and no money/gift

Other, please specify


Only group members can vote in this poll.

Total Votes: 98

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My dd has been invited to a couple parties lately of classmates but they are not friends. Each time the party is at the local roller skating rink so of course my dd want's to go, which I don't mind. But my question is what is an appropriate gift for a classmate? Everyone is 10-11 years old.

Thank you so much for everyone's opinions. Alot of you said "in my area", well here 78% of all students in the district get free or reduced lunch. So in my area these parties are rarely attended. The last one my dd went to, 30 classmates were invited and 7 went, my dd and the party boy included. I gave $5 for that boy since they were not friends. The next party is this Sunday and I'm giving a $5 gift card to Claires. It will cost those parents a couple dollars for my kid to skate because she is bringing her own roller blades. I also send my dd with cash so she can buy water, since the parents buy pitchers of pop which my dd doesn't drink. So skating and a cupcake for my dd is less than $5. (There is no indication that any food is going to be served beyond cupcakes.) Thanks again for all your input, very interesting! =) Maybe I should add it doesn't cost anything to have a party at this place. You only pay per skater and skate rental, it's Never more than $5 per person.

by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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SlapItHigh
by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM
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I voted other because I think that any of the first 3 are appropriate.

goddess99
by Michelle on Apr. 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

bump

goddess99
by Michelle on Apr. 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

bump, I'd love to see what others think.

goddess99
by Michelle on Apr. 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM

bump

Mrs.Bolin
by Gold Member on Apr. 23, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I chose the $5 money or gift. Im sure the kid is getting plenty of gifts and such along with an awesome skating party so i would think no more than that is reasonable. 

goddess99
by Michelle on Apr. 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM
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Thanks so much for your input. I was thinking the same thing but I don't want to seem cheap. I am leaning towards just $5 though.

Quoting Mrs.Bolin:

I chose the $5 money or gift. Im sure the kid is getting plenty of gifts and such along with an awesome skating party so i would think no more than that is reasonable. 


aodom323
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM
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Dude spend 5 bucks at a thrift store.  I got a brand new game of monopoly for $3 and a banana republic button up shirt for hubby (retail $75) for $4. 

kss12
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM
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I say $5. If dd's classmate is anything like ss who is the same age (10), they will get lost at the bottom of a toy box only for dh and I to find and use.

MichelleMc
by on Apr. 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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I say $5 if it isn't friend. $10 if friend. $15-$20 if very close or family. I think that people go WAY overboard for giving gifts & it is way too much! The only time I give what would look like more is if I get a clearance deal on what would look or be more normally. 

I also ALWAYS made everyone sit before my son was allowed to open presents, NO helpers were allowed, and he was to never show the money. Just either say thanks for the money or just say thank you. Because if Joey gave $5, Sam gave $10 & Pete gave $15 no one or no one's parents should feel bad for what they gave. We were thankful for all or for nothing but the card. It is no ones business. I hate when I see kids show the money or even worse say the amount. 

goddess99
by Michelle on Apr. 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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I agree. Thank you so much for your input. I also agree with opening gifts in front of people and not showing or talking about dollar amounts.

Quoting MichelleMc:

I say $5 if it isn't friend. $10 if friend. $15-$20 if very close or family. I think that people go WAY overboard for giving gifts & it is way too much! The only time I give what would look like more is if I get a clearance deal on what would look or be more normally. 

I also ALWAYS made everyone sit before my son was allowed to open presents, NO helpers were allowed, and he was to never show the money. Just either say thanks for the money or just say thank you. Because if Joey gave $5, Sam gave $10 & Pete gave $15 no one or no one's parents should feel bad for what they gave. We were thankful for all or for nothing but the card. It is no ones business. I hate when I see kids show the money or even worse say the amount. 


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