I am turning to the interwebs for gift-giving advice today. Help!
My daughter received an email birthday party invitation, in which the host parents kindly requested that guests should bring a handmade or a second-hand gift.
This actually isn\’t the first invitation we\’ve received of this kind. Parents directing the gifting isn\’t new. We\’ve also been asked not to bring gifts at all. I have to admit, it makes me feel awkward to walk into a party empty handed, but overall I think it\’s a pretty good idea. (Although some kids may disagree. Ha.)
Seriously, I do understand where the â€œno gifts pleaseâ€ parents are coming from. My family doesn\’t need 10 new toys coming into the house. We are bursting at the seams as it is, and when you combine it with gifts from family, well, it the occasion quickly morphs into the Second Coming of Christmas.
Putting the â€œhandmadeâ€ or â€œsecondhandâ€ qualifier on the invitation is an interesting twist, but I am struggling to find a good idea that a 9-year old can make AND won’t end up gathering dust under the recipient’s bed.
The last time we had to bring a handmade birthday gift we made pretty beaded hair decorations. (Instructions are here in case you find yourself in a similar jam.) I was thinking it might be a neat idea to make a no-sew fleece scarf this time around, or sew up some beanbags. What do you think? What else can we make that\’s easy and unique?
If we can\’t come up with a DIY project (or run out of time, which is more likely to happen), then we’re left with the secondhand option. Other than secondhand books (which I think might actually be a nice gift to give) I\’m coming up empty. Since when did birthday party gifting become so complicated?
What about you? What would you do if you were in our shoes?