When my neighbor, Amanda, invited me to her girls’ birthday party, she said not to bring a gift.
Our family works to fight excess so I understood Amanda not wanting more junk-o-la cluttering her house. Still, I struggle with the idea of showing up to a kid’s birthday party empty handed.
If you invite a Sullivan kid to your birthday party in the summer, count on receiving the following: bubbles, sidewalk chalk, water toys.
If you invite a Sullivan kid to your birthday party in the winter, count on receiving the following: beaded necklace, warm gloves, art supplies.
Then, expect this cycle of events:
My kid gives your kid a gift worth about $8.00. Your kid plays with our not-so-fabulous gift a couple of times. Your kid forgets about our gift, or it breaks. You toss our gift.
I love birthdays. I adore celebrations. I hate feeling as if we always give crappy presents.
“Just give my girls a toy your kids have outgrown,” Amanda suggests.
Believe me, I embrace regifting, but only regifting new items. Can I regift used? Is that allowed? Won’t I come off as tacky and cheap?
So, at Amanda’s urging, I gave her girls recycled toys: an Angelina Ballerina DVD, a Hello Kitty oversized/never used coloring book, and a kite. Retail value? Who knows, but it was more than $8.00.
And you know what? Recycling toys as birthday gifts proved fun. So, I decided to do it again and again and now, I'm on my third party with recycled gifts.
The kids receiving the gifts love regifting because they end up with better quality gifts. They don't even notice the package is missing.
My kids like regifting because they get to share something they have outgrown. They're learning to see the value in passing on items they enjoyed to someone who will also enjoy them.
My husband celebrates regifting because money isn’t flying out of our wallets and into the registers of _____________ (insert the name of one of any number of box stores).
I adore regifting because I no longer wince at birthday invitations.
Tell me you like this idea. Tell me I am cheap and tacky. Tell me how you deal with the endless birthday parties and your battle against excess.: :