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Shopping For A Child To Impress Adults

Recently I have been thinking of a birthday gift for my soon to be three year old nephew and a lot of ideas were coming to mind. One thing that was interesting was my brother talked about how he went to this stand up comedy show where the comedian kept saying how dollar stores are like a paradise for finding gifts kids. Basically, you can buy them the simplest things and all they care about really is opening a bunch of stuff and throwing it a few times.

While in many ways that was true I thought, it just made me wonder for that scenario when it comes to the adults like the parents. Example, imagine that you literally bought say a $1 gift item that made the kid super happy. Being more over the top, say he/she enjoys it more than all of the other expensive gifts. Now what would the reaction of say the parents be? My guess is that you will be labeled as a cheapskate to a certain extent regardless of how happy the kid is. Therefore, you will want to spend more just to not be labeled as a person who doesn’t care to other adults.

Kind of an interesting dilemma when it comes to the mindset of gifts in our society.


Comments to Shopping For A Child To Impress Adults

  • That reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend of mine who have a 2 year old daughter. I was basically talking about the same thing as you, and I said that you can make a lot of toys from things around the house. As an example, I said that I could make a great rattle by using a used toilet paper roll, putting some dried macaronis inside and duct-taping the ends. My friend made a face at that. 🙂

    joewatch 4/23/2009 4:11 pm
  • You know, that’s probably one of those things where I’m sure if that person came up with the idea themselves he/she would tell you how great it is and that it saves them money.

    Alan Yu 4/24/2009 8:33 pm

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