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December 8, 2010


Since we are in or entering the season for gift giving, I thought I'd
mention an article I came across the other day regarding giving gifts
to your children, whether it be for a holiday or in the case of the article,

The argument in the article was about coming to a point in your child's
life when a parent no longer "has" to give them a birthday gift, and the
"child's" understanding that they are now grown up and should be happy
with a card...

This kind of boggled my mind to be honest. The "cut-off" age in the
article was no later than 25 years of age, and earlier in some cases.
While I can understand if finances are the issue at which point, the
kid would already know this and have no problem with not getting a

I also can understand a line being drawn as the children start having
children and the list of recipients getting larger and larger each year
to the point it gets out of control. In this case, people sometimes
mutually agree to give gifts to the little ones until they get to a
pre-determined age. This is usually true during the holiday season...

But...Your kid's birthday? I can't fathom not getting my kids a birthday
gift no matter how old they are or how old they get! The gift is not
as elaborate as it may have been when they were kids, and depending on
their circumstances, cash always seems to be King, no matter the amount...

Again, personal finances would always be the first determining factor,
but I don't think there's a magic cut-off age to remove your own kid
from the gift list...

While parents may not get a birthday present from their kid as they
grow up, a card means more to that parent than any kid can imagine...

I guess my question to you is this...

Do you think you should stop giving your child a birthday gift when he
or she reaches a certain age if finances aren't the reason for the need
to cut them off?

I will admit that the generation walking around today has a sense of
"entitlement" to those around them and give very little in return,
and I'm not talking gifts if you get my drift, but I still think I
would still get the little brat a birthday gift down the road!