Is it ok to give money to a 1 yr.old kid as a birthday gift?

@iskayz (5422)
Philippines
August 16, 2008 1:40am CST
Hi everyone! I'm going to a children's party later this evening. I don't like to cause I want to spend the rest of my day mylotting as usual. This is much much more fun for me than going to parties but I have to go cause the kid is a relative of mine. He just turned 1 year old August 14 but the celebration was set for today. I haven't decided on what to give him yet and whether should I buy him a gift or not. But I'm so lazy that I don't want to go out and look for a gift so I'll probably just give him some money. Do you think it would be ok if I'll be giving the kid some money as a gift or should I really buy him something? His parents can also use the money though to buy whatever they like for their son. Please do share!
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@mishyyu (217)
• Philippines
16 Aug 08
I'm chinese and in our way of giving gifts to parties are in the form of ampaw.. I'm sure you're familiar with that.. its either cash or a gift check sealed in a red envelope with a chinese good luck character etched on it.. regardless of what age is the celebrant may be or whatever occasion it is, its really ok to give an ampaw. You don't have to follow it that way but if you want to give money instead maybe sealed it inside a red envelope, not necessarily with the ones that has a chinese good luck character, even just a simple plain red envelope that you can DIY from colored papers.. or if you have time to go to the mall, buy a gift certificate instead from the department or grocery store or from any toy stores.. its cute and unique to put it that way..
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• India
16 Aug 08
Thanks, nice to know of your tradition. It's really cute and unique.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Hey friend! I did put the money in an ampaw envelope. I have lots of it from last Christmas. I also saw other visitors in the party that gave the kid money in ampaws too. Thanks for responding and keep posting!
@artemis432 (7474)
• Abernathy, Texas
16 Aug 08
Although its nice to get a gift, at one babies are more interested in the ribbons, bows and wrappings anyway. I want to take all the money given to my son and start a bank account just for him.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Hey that's good! Saving at an early age for your babies. Thanks for responding!
@liquorice (3901)
17 Aug 08
Ooh, I can see the way this discussions going, lol! I think that buying a toy or clothes for the baby would be more fun, and probably more appreciated, but if you want to give money then you could perhaps give it in the form of some kind of voucher for a toy shop - so that the parents could choose him a toy. Alternatively you could find out if the child has a savings account, (some parents open one for a young child for the very reason that some people might want to give some money and invest in the child's future), and if he has then you could just deposit the money in there. These things can take planning too, so it might be easier to buy him a gift!
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Thats a good tip! A voucher for a toy shop. Somewhat like a gift check. Maybe sometime I'll try it for a change rather than giving money. Thanks!
@mamaQ1 (7)
16 Aug 08
Hey oh my GOD who are you!!! Yes its ok to give the kid some money but to say you'd rather not go at all and stay in on net is SAD
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Hi there! I did go to the party mamaQ1. It was fun and the food was good and I did ate a lot hehe. Ciao!
@Amberina (1541)
• United States
16 Aug 08
A child his/her age is more interested in ripping open gifts and then playing with the boxes so just get an empty box and wrap it up nice an pretty.......just kidding. What I would do is get a gift a bath tub toy is what I usually buy for a 1 yr old.
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Hi! Good choice of gift. Bath tub toys are nice. I often see that on my 1 1/2 year old nephew. Hmm.. Maybe if I'm invited again to another kid's party I give that kind of gift. Have a nice day!
@gemini_rose (16194)
16 Aug 08
LOL you should not have put that you are too lazy to go buy a gift, askin for trouble there!!! Well seein as you were so honest to say that you were too lazy then I should say that if it is too late to go out and buy something now then money will do nicely. Give it to the parents and tell them that the money is to open a bank account if they have not already done so or that you did not know what to get and so thought it would be nice for them to put it towards whatever they wanted for the child. Just make sure you get a nice card, you could also pick up some chocolate buttons or something!
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Yeah really I'm being honest here. I'm really so lazy in buying gifts thats why I don't like going to parties. I don't like going to the malls, searching and guessing what gift would the celebrant like to have. Then after receiving it I can see their expressions that they don't like it. It makes me sad if they don't happen to appreciate my gift. So to be safe I prefer to give money and let them buy what ever they want. Until I became lazy in buying gifts.
16 Aug 08
I think you can give money to the kids parents on his or her behalf. That's not a bad thing At age 1 year, a kid is not going to be aware, whatever you give
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@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
Yeah that's what I've been thinking too. The kid doesn't even know that he's having a party. At his age he's really unaware of things. By the way, I did chose to give him money instead. Thanks for responding!
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
16 Aug 08
I think if the child is a relative, there is nothing wrong with giving money. The parents can put it into a savings account for education, or for a larger purchase like when the kid outgrows his current bed.
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16 Aug 08
It would probably be best to get him a gift... but i suppose it's up to you... What do you think the parents of the child would prefer, as the child will probably not mind at that age either way.
• Philippines
18 Aug 08
i think so,..anyway,a one year old wouldn't mind wether you gave him/her a birthday gift or not.[hehehe,just kidding.]guess it was fine,his/her mother will know what to do with the money you will give,it might be helpful for the needs of the baby..probabyly use it to buy somethings like the baby's milk,vitamins,etc..or just keep it in a bank like other mother's do and eventually,give their baby when they are matured enough to handle money...heaps my friend!..="^_^"=
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
17 Aug 08
I mean what is he going to do with the money? He is one year old. Do you think he is going to the store and ask his parents to buy him something? At that stage of life, he does not even understand money. And it is not trouble to get him a rag book, some blocks or something he can practice grasping. I mean in the stores where you live, a sales clerk would have an idea of what to get a one year old. Just make sure that it is something he cannot swallow or is made with lead paint and even though the parents could use the money, it is your nephew you have to think of. Oh a xylophone or something where he can put blocks or squares into the same sized holes would be a good idea. And they want to pretend they are helping daddy make things.
• Pakistan
17 Aug 08
well, i think money is a good option...coz 1 year old kids are often unpredictble, most of the time the things, or gifts you give them are useless to them... they might not want that thing.... money is a reasonable thing...parents can buy what the kid wants...they know the best wht their kid wants...so ma advice is give him money
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@posham (1237)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
i guess so... kids need money, too.. for milk and stuff... and i think the parents of that kid will use the money for the kid's need. plus, giving money, the parents know exactly what the child needs and so it won't go to waste...
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@fwangaa (3058)
• China
17 Aug 08
yes,i usually give money when somebody's party.and the money will be received by the children's parents,they also very happy about that.
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@iyah10 (4116)
• Kuwait
17 Aug 08
I think there is nothing wrong if you will give a money for a child during his.her birthday unless it is normal way for me and i just let the Mother choice what the child like for a things to buy on the money.......
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• Canada
17 Aug 08
Oh My! I do so hope that you went out and bought the child something special!! By now I know the Birthday is over and I do hope you enjoyed watching the little one eat their cake and rip the wrapping paper.... A Birthday is a celebration of life and each child is special and important and deserves to be celebrated in a special way! It is important to go with some little gift but I suppose if this is really difficult for you then you could get a nice card and a gift card to a children's store with maybe some little teddy bear or something but really it is pretty sad not to care enough about the child to purchase something special! ~Heavens~
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
17 Aug 08
i think it's fine to give money. they have so much stuff nowadays, every day is christmas. i started a savings account for both my grandchildren. i get them some little ol' something to have at the party but the biggest thing is i put money in a savings. i figure it will come in handy one of these days when they get older.
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• Indonesia
17 Aug 08
No, it's definetely not ok... I think one year old kid understand nothing about money yet, Plus it's not ok to force them to understand about it that young, Present will do much much better, Cheers,
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
17 Aug 08
i think a one year old child would prefer to be given a toy or gift rather than money... they don't understand the meaning of money yet and they will just throw it away... it will be a waste... as for the toy, he can play with it and treasure it more especially if he knows that it is from someone who us close to him... i know that you enjoy being here... but yo have to prioritize things and know which one is more important... so please get up from the computer now and go out and find something for your relative... have fun at the party... take care and have a nice day...
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@snebxu66 (379)
• China
17 Aug 08
I don't think it is ok, toys or clothes is the best choice to be given to a 1 year old kid as a birthday gift in any case.
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• Philippines
17 Aug 08
hahaha. If i were given money as a gift it would be great. but for a one year old? i think not. Give him toys instead! :3
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