My toddler turned 3 yesterday, got cash gifts from relatives BUT...

United States
May 11, 2007 1:57pm CST
My toddler just turned 3 yesterday and she got cash gifts from relatives when they sent her cards. Was thinking of just putting it on her savings account but usually the note on the cards were like..."use this money to get her something that she needed..." She got plenty of clothes, shoes and toys. My husband was thinking of just getting her a piano (toddler piano)...something she would enjoy for a long time. I wanted to get her a trike but my husband thinks she is too young. Any suggestion with what we can get for her? She is just 3 but she is so advance in her age. Or I will just deposit the money. Usually when she get money as gifts, I usually tell the giver what we got for her and send a picture of her wearing the clothes or shoes, etc. Any suggest/comments is appreciated. Thanks a lot.
5 responses
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
11 May 07
I can't imagine anyone being upset if you decided to put the money into savings instead of getting her something she doesn't really need. What kind of trike were you thinking? my daughter got a 12 inch bike with training wheels when she was 2 and she picked up on it very fast and loved riding it. She now is 4 and we got her a 16 inch bike and gave her 2 year old sister her 12 inch bike. I would say you don't HAVE to get her anything. If shes got what she needs put it into savings so when she gets old enough to ask you for really expensive stuff then you have the money to get it for her.
• United States
11 May 07
I wanted to get her one of those bike with training wheels on it. That is the trike right? We got her one last Christmas but it is in Florida, at my in-laws house. She missed it but my husband is thinking that we lived in an apartment complex and it will be dangerous for her going around, especially am slow on my feet coz am already 7 months pregnant. Most of the cash gifts in the past is on her savings account and just felt guilty seeing that note of "get her something.." But you are right, I don't think they will be upset if I just tell them thanks for the gift, I added it on her savings account. Thanks for the comment.
@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
20 May 07
I don't think it is wrong to start a savings account for her- You could do this and give it to her when she wants a car at 16- How great would that be- Especially if she has gotten alot of new gifts already- she won't even miss it- I think that you could write a thank you note with the savings info in it- If the people didn't like your idea- they will be sure to send real gifts the following year instead of cash! I think it is totally up to you and your husband. The trike idea is a great one too- How fun that would be for her.
• Canada
11 May 07
i'd say the people giving the money propably intented for you to buy her something she'd enjoy. i don't think they want it sitting in a bank account. i got my daughter a trike when she was 3 i don't think she is too young for that. but she might grow out of that by next year and will want a bigger bike, so a piano might last her longer. i do the same as you. i let the person know what their money went towards and send them a pic of my daughter using it. that way they know what they helped pay for and how the child enjoys the gift.
@loved1 (5337)
• United States
11 May 07
Summer is nearly here. Why not use the money toward a pool pass or a cute cartoon sprinkler for your own house? Most toddlers love sidewalk chalk and sand boxes too. Those are both items that need to be replenished each year. Fingerpaints, playdoh, and markers are also things that any three year old would enjoy. All three of my children love those color wonder art kits. Could you use the money to pay admission to a zoo or amusement park? There is nothing wrong with putting the money in her savings account and sending a note to say you are saving the money for a time when she sees something she really wants, so don't feel bad if that is what you decide to do. I hope this helps!
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
11 May 07
I don't realy beleive many would say no to you puting it in savings for her schooling,that gets exspensive and by the time she is going to collage she will need plenty of money then. As you say,she has plenty of clothes ,so putting it away for exspensive gift later would be ok as well. Blessed Be.