How much would you spend on a birthday party gift?
Singer Myleene Klass has branded an email she received from mothers at her daughter’s private school as ‘bonkers’.
It detailed the preferences for joint birthday gifts from two of her young classmates.
One was requesting a Kindle and the other a desk.
Klass and other parents were then invited to contribute a “suggested” £10, “via an envelope in your daughters school bag” if they wanted to be part of the ‘class present’.
Is this something that you think is acceptable for parents to do – asking for money instead of a gift?
In a reply the mother of two, asked for help to buy a “real, live Unicorn” for her daughter via a fictitious address.
She asked others to contribute via her daughters’ book bag or www.getwhatyouregivenandendthismadness.com
The cost of children’s parties can really start to add up, especially if your child attends all his/her classmates’ parties.
With many families operating on a tight budget, being told the amount to spend can interfere with family finances.
Plus parents are often struggling with teaching their children valuable lessons such as ‘you don’t give to receive’ and ‘it’s the thought that counts’.
There are alternatives if you don’t have the budget to buy expensive gifts.
Look for bargains, buy in bulk when items are on offer, recycle unwanted gifts or add a personal touch and make your own.
It was only last month the parents of a five-year-old made headlines after they were invoiced £15.95 for his failure to attend a birthday party in Plymouth.
Derek Nash was sent the bill from the birthday boy’s mother, who had claimed the no-show had left her out of pocket.
He had previously said that his son Alex could attend a party at a dry ski slope in Plymouth but didn’t inform the parents that he was no longer able to attend.