My husband will think I'm crazy for thinking about this, but I do because I have kids.
We are invited to 3 (yes, three) birthday parties on the same day. One of those parties is for my mom-friend whose son is turning four. We've known the parents for a long time (10+ years), but we're not super tight with them. I've helped with the baby showers for both of their children and they have come to all of my kids' birthday parties as well.
The four-year-old wants super hero stuff, but I know, as a mom, how much those toys can drive one crazy. I can give him something from my gift closet (Play-Doh, Hot Wheels, Crayola kits) or I can buy him something new. I would prefer something from the gift closet, because, honestly, I'm trying to clean the damn thing out. The kids from the other two parties probably will be getting something from the gift closet, but, because this party is for a child who we see a lot of the parents, I'm conflicted about whether or not to give him something out of the closet or to buy something new.
Suggestions? Gift etiquette is big for me; I think my mother and aunts have ingrained it in me that you do the right thing. I'm just not sure what that is.