Lessons in Gift-GivingBeth Anne Ballance
I have to say that y’all came through for me in a HUGE way last week in guiding the proper price point for a birthday party gift.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
I took Harrison to Target to help him pick out his little friend’s gift. Sure, it could have been a recipe for disaster once he realized that the “prize” wasn’t actually his, but I think he’s at the age where it’s time to start teaching him about gift-giving. He’s getting the sharing thing pretty down pat at school but gift-giving is this totally different beast because he picks it out but at no point will it ever be his to rightfully play with. That’s a tough lesson to learn.
Thankfully, it went over pretty well. He had a little trouble picking out something because he’s 2 1/2 and everything in the toy aisle looks magical on his level, but we finally settled on a Hot Wheels 5-pack of cars which featured the Bat Mobile for a whopping $5.99 + tax. (Then I snagged a bag and tissue paper and card, so we ended up hitting right over $10 for the entire deal which seemed right on target.) The entire time he sat in the cart holding the package of cars, I kept reminding him that they were for his friend and he’d say “Yes, for Mason!”
I must have said it 500 times. I was like a broken record in the bread aisle, toothpaste aisle, check-out line, and car.
But when we got home there were no tears – I simply reminded him that it was for Mason’s party and I put it in my closet until Sunday afternoon. He was SO PROUD to take the gift over to his little friend and place it in the pile with all the other pretty packages. Lesson #1 in gift-giving a success!
p.s. I’m not holding my breath for Christmas.
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