As I think I’ve mentioned previously, September is full of birthdays – Spring is sprung, it brings forth new life etc (actually I think we all just got a little too tipsy at a few too many Christmas parties but anyway…..) Needless to say every weekend is another child’s birthday party. One of the birthday invitations that we received was undeniably unique – not because of the My Little Pony stationary or the rainbow theme (shocking, I know!) – it was the present grab at the bottom – I will paraphrase it here for your input.
Annie’s* 5th Birthday Party
Blah Blah, date, time, place, RSVP, Blah, Blah
Annie’s Interests: Sticker books, dressing toys in dolls clothes, Toy cars (orange, green purple & blue), Littlest Pet Shop, Schleich toy animals (found at Toyworld)
Now over the years I have had many people ask me for ideas for presents for my kids, and I’m more than happy to let them know what will make them the most favourite relative on the day (completely based on bought affection of course!). I have also had many people check their purchase with me, or just select something that they think the kids would like. I like people gifting from the heart that they’ve specially chosen. I don’t think that birthdays should focus too heavily on presents and so I love it when people select something small that they are going to enjoy giving. Instead of too much gift focus I try to get the little people thinking about which friends we will spend the day with, what our cake will be, what games we will play and what gifts we can give to our guests. Of course the kids love the presents, from stickers to new bikes and everything in between, it’s all pure joy.
Here is my dilemma.
I have been trying to make homemade gifts, dresses, toys, play dough etc and I don’t really like being told what to buy – like a wedding registry for a 5yr old. Don’t get me wrong – I have met the parents, they seem like nice enough people, nicer than most maybe, I’m sure the parents thought that they were being helpful in pointing us in the right direction present wise. Personally I just think that it comes across uncouth and gauche. Finally, now I really don’t think that I can turn up with a gift that’s not ‘on the list’.
So what do you think? Is listing suggested gifts on the invite the done thing nowadays (I’m pretty slow on the uptake) or do you understand me being a little uncomfortable with the whole thing?
*Names have been changed to protect the children