A child’s birthday: Do you open gifts during or after the party?
A fun announcement!
We are throwing David a small birthday party this weekend with our friends and family and I don’t know what to do about gifts.
For background sake, I kindly included on the invite that we are already jam packed with toys and with Christmas around the corner the last thing we need are MORE TOYS! Of course, this suggestion will change as David gets older as we will make great efforts to keep his birthday and Christmas separate.
But for now, we don’t need more toys. I know some family members are buying David some things which I’m completely fine with, and my main point in writing “please feel no obligation to bring a gift as we already have plenty of toys” on the invite was to take the pressure off of anyone that is coming to the party that they may feel in buying him something. We invited them to spend time with them, not to get a gift! I did say that David loves books, so I’m sure a few friends may go that route!
Anyway, are you catching my drift? I sort of think special occasion gift giving gets old after awhile, and random thoughtful gifts throughout the year can be much more meaningful!
So, for the few gifts he will have to open this weekend, I’m curious to hear what you do. Do you open them during the party or do you wait until after the guests leave? I’ve been to children’s birthday parties where both has happened, and I think reasoning could be make for both directions.
I’m leaning towards saving gift opening for after the party since many people are simply coming to spend quality time with us and David, and I’d hate for them to regret their decision to not buy something (despite being told so). On the other hand, however, I know many gift-givers look forward to seeing the child’s reaction to a certain gift, and I wouldn’t want to rob that person of that moment.
So tell me in the comments, or tweet me. I’m very curious to see what the majority of you do.