BG - I don't have kids. Admittedly, I don't relate to them all that well - I'm not very maternal! I do try, but don't seem to "click" with them. I don't know whether this clouds my opinion. Our friends Anna and John have two kids, Miriam - 1 and Lucy - 5. Although I dislike making assumptions like this, I think it might be relevant to note that in comparison to the rest of our group, they seem to be a bit better off financially. Lucy's birthday was in February, we all went to the birthday party. Lucy sat at a table and ripped through her presents production-line style (tore open the wrapping on one, pushed it to the side, started on the next one) There was no thank you from Lucy or her parents, Lucy wasn't told which present was from whom. End BG
Miriam's birthday party is this weekend. We can't go, so I dropped off her present last night. I had asked Anna (the mother) what Miriam would like, she said she loves everything. I bought some fun looking bath time toys. When we went there last night, I was quite surprised by the sheer number of toys laying around - they must pack them away when they have parties! Our gift was opened at which Lucy proceeded to bring out a large box brimming with bath toys. I said "Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realize, ours can be exchanged" Anna said "Oh, that's ok, we have doubles and triples of most things."
Anyway, I left the receipt there but departed feeling a bit dejected. I know our gift wasn't super fantastic, but we do budget carefully. It's hard to know what to buy for these kids, especially since they have two girls so clothes and toys are well catered for.
So my question is (thanks for hanging in there!) what do we get these girls who have everything?? More "stuff" seems superfluous, they're probably too young for money in a card... I would rather buy a toy for an in-need child than buy 2nd or 3rd replicas of things they have already.
I guess I'm just a little hurt that our (humble) gift wasn't appreciated, but don't know if I'm being a bit sensitive because of the reasons in the BG!