Readers, what are your thoughts on experience gifts? Do you prefer to gift experiences, and what does that look like — is there a representative present to open? If the “gift” is a vacation, what does that look like?
Once your kid reaches a certain age — and especially if you’ve got more than one — you’ll find yourself taking him or her to a lot of children’s birthday parties… and as you’ll also find, that comes with a lot of funny kid birthday party guest etiquette questions and purchasing tasks. First, it means … Read More about Kid Birthday Parties: Guest Etiquette, Gifts, & Parent Socializing
2018 Update: We still stand by this post on default birthday presents for kids, but you may also want to check out our more recent discussion on kid birthday party guest etiquette. For the first time ever, my eldest son J is having a birthday party for just his friends. (Summer birthdays are always awkward, … Read More about The Best Default Birthday Presents for Kids You Don’t Know Well
Does it feel like your kids have too many toys? What have you done about it, if anything? Do you rotate toys so that everything’s not out at once? Yes, it’s a First World Problem, to be sure (too many toys! oh, the humanity!), but if you’ve got kids with too many toys, you know the drill: Stuff … Read More about The Best Gifts for Kids with Too Many Toys
It is my eldest’s birthday today (happy 4th, Jack!), so I thought it might be a great time to have a discussion about birthdays, toys, and experiences. More and more of my friends are telling me that they are purposely not buying presents for their kids, and instead planning experiences like trips, concerts, etc. At 4, he’s … Read More about Toys, Birthdays, and Experiences