I'm a kid and take it from a kid, kids hate getting: flashlights, clothes (unless we're in love with clothes of course), or anything involving safety for any holiday. What we want is of course is sweets, video games and and money, NEVER a gift card unless it's for Toys-r-us. We prefer money over gift cards any day.
BECCA , THANKS FOR THE GIFT TIPS. YOU SAID NO GIFT CARDS ? HOW ABOUT THE VISA OR MASTERCARD GIFT CARDS? YOU CAN SPEND THEM ANYWHERE INCLUDING ONLINE!! I HAVE NIECES AND NEPHEWS WHO LIVE OUT OF STATE AND I SEND THEM A VISA OR MASTERCARD GIFT CARD AND THEY GO NUTS. THEY CAN BUY ANYTHING WITH THEM SAFELY.
I agree - the kids in my life feel very grown up using a VISA gift card. It's certainly better than giving them something they don't want. And I really don't want to spend a lot of time buying them something they don't want!
I agree as well - for many years now I send my grand-kids money for birthdays and Christmas - it is so much easier as I don't know what they want (or have). A lot of my freinds say it is lazy but at least I know that they can pick out their own pressies and enjoy them
When I first read this my thought is "well I guess you won't get anything then". I understand not getting some of those items and everyone knows that kids want money! Do kids really need a bunch of sweets, video games? How about going outside to play or cleaning your room or going to the mall instead of sitting in front of a t.v with a video game? If I had told people that I "only wanted specific items" for Christmas I probably wouldn't have had anything under the tree. One (any age) should be appreciative of whatever gift they receive. It is supposed to be the thought that counts. Besides if we all remember Christmas is about the birth of Christ, not gifts, how many we get, what we get or how much is being spent.
I give what I can find. I frequent yard sales and buy what is new. I don't like giving money ever cause I don't want them to buy things I don't like.
I enjoyed reading your tip, Becca, and I think it's true for a lot of kids. But a lot of other kids do like a gift card because they can choose their own gift that way, and they don't have to carry cash around. You're certainly right that it's difficult for grownups to find the exactly right gift every time for a kid, even their own.
I think us adults forget the horrid gifts we had received when we were young. It's the thought that counts remember that. Also you can pass it on...pay it forward if it's not to your liking. I personally give money as gifts. I know they can save it to add to their saving up for whatever they are wishing to get. I know whatever the amount is not important to a kid really. Only if we know exactly what the interest is, there is no point in getting something useless or uninteresting. Thanks for reminding us gift givers! Food for thought...be honest with your family as you were on this site. Being honest about it saves wasted expense. I hope you receive to your liking this year! Grin!
I totally beg to differ about the fact kids hate getting giftcards. MY 4 kids, and that includes my married one too, LOVE GIFT CARDS, especially the Simon "Visa" giftcards. That way they get to shop for what THEY want or need.
Hey Becca, Thanks for the tip. You're a kid, and you're the expert here. This is a subject adults should listen to you about. Thanks again!
Okay, so what would a 14-year old girl like, for a real gift (not $ or a gift card)? I need to give a gift during a visit to my 14-year old niece. I don't have children and don't remember if I ever wanted anything when I was 14, except to be someone else.
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