My niece just turned ten over the weekend, and her neighbor gave her a $120 gaming system as a present, despite my sister’s insistence that the parents not allow her to do it.
“But she really wants to give it to her,” was their answer.
Since when do kids get to do and get everything they want? My niece wanted the system, to be sure, but she told the family that it was too expensive for one person to get, so she was asking if everyone could give her money instead of gifts so that she could save up for it over the rest of the year (between birthday and Christmas she probably would have had it). My sister was all for this, and so was the rest of the family. (Okay, Hubby and I are party poopers and insisted on sending a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble, but the girl loves to read, too.) But no one was going to spend that much on her gift alone.
And yet the neighbor kid goes and spends over $100 on her gift! Completely outrageous. I don’t spend that much on my own children’s birthdays, parties included! I think last year’s party for Big Girl cost us a total of $40, and that was because we had cake, pizza and small goody bags. And I might be overestimating. We had the party at the park. And gifts included did not add up to that one gift.
And how do you think the other kids felt after seeing that present? “Man, my present stinks. She must hate it.” It’s just plain inconsiderate, if you ask me.
What on EARTH are the parents thinking, buying a gift like that??? Or are they thinking at all?
UPDATE: It’s a Nintendo DS Lite.