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Mommy Dearest: Appropriate Amount to Spend on a Gift?


Mommy Dearest,

My daughter is in kindergarten and gets invited to lots of birthday parties.

Most of them have been held at a jumpy house, playground or the celebrant's home.

How much should I spend on presents?

— Price of Presents

To see Mommy Dearest's response, read more.

Price of Presents.

I think the price of a present should be whatever you are comfortable giving and an amount that won't make other gift givers uncomfortable should the presents be opened at the party.

For example, don't buy a bike when everyone else bought puzzles. That said, my daughter is four-years-old and from the parties we've attended it looks like guests spend upwards of $10.

Since books, toys and art kits are sold at all price levels, there's no reason to spend a fortune. And, most kids are more occupied by the cake, ice cream and games than what's wrapped up in the boxes.

—Mommy Dearest

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