kids buying presents for their parents

Canada
February 21, 2007 12:20pm CST
last christmas i had nothing under the tree so after 2 hours of my daughter openning stuff i was kind of bored. this year i asked my mother to take my 3 year old daughter to the store, i gave her $10 and she picked out some stuff at the dollar store for me. my mother came out and said your probably not going to be happy just make sure you understand she picked it out not me. i told my mother wasn't that the point. i don't care what i got i just thought it would be cute to see what she bought me and she would be excited to give me something. i didn't care if she bought me toylet paper as long as she picked it out. my mother didn't get it anyway i ended up getting this cute little pink pillow, spatula's (which i actually needed) hooks (which i also needed) and cookie sheets wich i needed. my daughter and i love to bake together. anyway she did a good job and we were both happy. have your kids boughten you any silly items when they were little.
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@aretha (2539)
• United States
21 Feb 07
that is to cute. my oldest is in school now so he gets to go to santas work shop and buy cheap gifts for his family, he loves it and has a very hard time waiting for christmas to give them out. this year he gave one of his brothers theres before cuz he really needed to see if he liked it and if he didn't he had to get him some thing else. that is what we were told for the reason he gave it to him early. for me he got a ring and earrings they were very cute but if i wear them i brake out and for his dad he got a jumbo pencil with glitter and a #1 dad flash light. we make a big deal out of it cuz it makes him feel good to see they got you something you really like. i think its a good idea.
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• Canada
21 Feb 07
taht's so cute. my daughter had no problem keeping it a secret. i was really surprised. she wrapped them up and put them under the tree about 3 weeks before christmas. every time i went near the tree she came running yelling it's a secret it's a secret you can't touch those. it was so cute.
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@aretha (2539)
• United States
22 Feb 07
oh she just sounds way to cute.thats good she can keep it a secret. i wish mine was better my hubby had to go to the field last week and my oldest want to have a party for him when he came back but he couldn't keep it a secret he told him before he even left.lol he ended up back early cuz of weather so we didn't get to but i told him next time. thanks for best response
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@hartnsoul (558)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
I think its really the thought that counts, no matter what your child gives you as long as it is something they picked. My daughter is only 5 months old, so last Christmas, I brought her to the store with me when I was buying a gift for dad. I was like crazy talking to her and pointing at things asking her, "Do you think dad will like this?" Eventually I decided on a DVD Player. Point is, teaching your child early on the value of giving can somehow make them live the givign spirit. I remember growing up in a family where everyone gives a wrapped present for every family member on Christmas. The first gift I gave my parents was a bath soap I found in our toiletry cabinet and wrapped it in a white paper and colored it red and green. Of course, my parents were laughing hysterically coz it was my dad who boughts the groceries and when he was looking for the soap he bought he couldn't find it. NOt until Christmas eve, though. Gifts may not be something expensive or bought, it can even be handcrafted by children for the parents :) Now, that makes it extra sweet, right?
@dbeamon (128)
• United States
22 Feb 07
i agree. my kids make me things all the time. i would have to say though my favorite was a lil basket they painted on and included a stuffed puppy with a red heart rock in it. they gave me that for mothers day 3 yrs ago and i still have the whole thing. i loved it then and i still do.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
I think the sweetest thing my daughter got me was for my last birthday. She picked out a beautiful jeweled headband. When I opened it she said now you can be a princess too. She calls it my tira I have to wear it when we go shopping so everyone will know that I am a princess. I love the little ones they are truly thoughtful. Just like your little darling her favorite thing to do is cook with you so she bought gifts along that line.
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• Canada
21 Feb 07
that's so cute that she wanted you to be a princess. i was told afterwards that the meaning behind the hooks she got me was that there would two so i could share one with her (animal hooks) it was so cute when i found that out. i told her dad what i had done so he got someone to go shopping for him and he brought me the things to wrap for him. she bought him the same hooks, so now she had 2.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
It is the thought that counts. One year my son bought mebedroom slippers. He picked them out himself. They were big, pink, and shaped like bear paws. I wore them until they wore out. They were hard to walk in (I lumbered like a bear), and I was constantly bumping into the rest of the family.I would not trade this memory for anything.
• Canada
21 Feb 07
that's so cute. i'm sure your child really appreciated it that you wore them all of the time.
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@shundiggs (185)
• Nigeria
22 Feb 07
I think those are the best gifts of all. The gifts your kids give you. They tend to give you the gifts you need the most and it's even more heartening when they make something themselves and give to you. It's the thought that counts .
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@shilpaum (1753)
• India
22 Feb 07
I don't have kids yet...so no reply for question u r intended to. But, if u ask the same question to my mom, she will reply.."yes"...she has brought some silly things for me to gift (Many of which I didn't needed).
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
22 Feb 07
My husband and I do this with our son, because it makes my son feel proud to pick out a special gift. I'll go shopping with him to pick out something for my husband, and then my husband will go shopping with him to pick out something for me. And it's a game to him, because he's got to be all secretive and not tell the other person what he got them, so it's a huge surprise when we open our gifts. The look of pride on his face is worth the $10. Last year I got bubble bath and some hair accessories.
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@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
22 Feb 07
That is so sweet, I am glad she picked out good stuff for you!! I love to take my kids to the $ store and let them pick out stuff for people, it is interesting to see what they get, my daughter always picks out things she would like, not the other person...so I am trying to work on that with her! I love the idea though!! My husband and my kids made me a stepping stone for my garden with all of their hand prints and my baby boys foot print on it, then my hubby painted it to look like a lady bug-which I love. It was sweet!!
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@limosonia1 (1560)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I love it when they have secret santa at school. The kids get so excited and they pick out there own gifts. I do understand what you mean. Even though they are gifts from the dollar store to me they mean the world because they are gifts from their hearts. Things they actually thought of all by themselves. Hopefully when your daughter goes to school you will enjoy secret santa as much as I do
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I love it when my son picks something out for me....he loves to see me open the present and I think this is the best part. He feels so important!! He also loves to make me things. I don't know, but I do know some people who complain that their child bought them something cheap. I mean, how many 7 year olds have tons of cash laying around? But I think it was great that your daughter chose things she knew you would love/need. Our children are more perceptive than we think! :)
@ygkchaitu (388)
• India
22 Feb 07
I am still a kid to my parents so i celebrate their b'days and give presents to them. That makes them feel happy.
• United States
22 Feb 07
I take my kids to the dollar store every year to buy for my husband and my husband does the same thing for me. It is so sweet to see what they buy and the reasons behind the gifts. They always have such great reasons for buying things for you. :) I think it's great because it teaches them the joy of giving rather than just getting.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I think that was great your mom did that. My husband would take my daughter shopping when she was younger and he would ask her what do you think mommy would like. My daughter had great taste at the ripe age of two. As the years went on she learned to save her money to get gifts. Her gift giving at the age of sixteen is not bad. I think when you can start them young it is fun for them too. Just look in your daughters eyes when she sees you open a present that she got you. That is a precious look.
@lvhughes (545)
• United States
21 Feb 07
from my first child to now my mom has always taken my kids to pick out a present to me from them this was my moms idea not mine, but as a child my grandmother did the same with us. its not the present we like it the fact of seeing what will be naxt. i love it though.
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@gehaste (342)
• Romania
21 Feb 07
nice..well i'm 16 and when the moment in which i have to decide what i'll buy..it's kind of difficult couse i just don't know what to buy.Well for my mother it can be anything that can carry a sentimental value but for my father...i just don't know what to buy.but hey..the thing that you bought something worths more then the gift..my opinion
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@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Kids today need to learn to give. Everyone does so much for them that they aren't learning that they need to do things for others. Your daughter really didn't need 2 hours worth of gifts, did she? I can't remember anything funny my kids bought me, but I'll never forget the time my son made me a little clay pot at school. He came into the room with his head down and hands behind his back. Stopping in front of my chair, he looked at me and thrust something into my hands. "This sucks", he said. He was probably 6 or 7. I displayed it proudly, but to this day we call it the "suckin' pot".
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• Canada
22 Feb 07
my daughter was only 2 last christmas so it's not that she got so many presents, it's the fact that she opened slowly so that's why it took two hours.
@Lardiel (280)
• Romania
23 Feb 07
i don't have kids yet but me and my sister buy gifts for our parents since we were kids. that started on christmas when we noticed Santa doesn't bring anything for our parents. anyway we had allready found out there is no santa for real, or at least my older sister did, so we decided that we should buy something for them. so we got them some sweets and such. over the years we started buying our mother jewllery and parfumes but for dad is still chocolate and sweets, cause he loves them more than a five year old.
@Fishish (697)
• India
22 Feb 07
i dont hae kids but your story reminds me of my stupidity when i was a child. i was some 6 yrs old and my parents' marriage anniversary was due. two days before it i picked my dad's tie and my mom's lipstick, packed it and gave it to them on the day!....that was so silly.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
In previous years I have always given my kids money to go and shop for me for Christmas. It started when they were just old enough to realise that mom would not have anything under the tree. I would have a friend or my mom or my sister take them out one day and shop for me. I was never able to give them much so the dollar store is where my gifts came from and I like you did not care. It was more fun for me to see what my own kids would pick out for me. I got all kinds of gifts from them. They like to buy me figurines which surprises me as I don't really collect anything like that but I have kept them all. Maybe they are trying to tell me that I should collect them. I have also gotten paper and pencils, socks, pans, cooking utensils, and usually some kind of food. It was more fun for me to see what they would get fo me.
@jsae29 (1122)
• Philippines
22 Feb 07
On valentine's day, I got the surprise of my life, my son gave me three yellow roses and a red heart card. It made so very very happy.
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