So here is the issue. I want to do Echoage invites for DD’s third B-day. Some people think it is rude to expect gifts (some also bring gift to “no gifts please” parties) and while I don’t EXPECT gifts, I know some people will bring them. I do not allow DD to play with Fisher-Price, so to ME it is better to have everyone chip in (with 1/2 being donated) so DD gets something that will be used, than for me to give away a gift someone buys DD. I know what a pain it is to go to Target with a kid in tow, pick out a gift, wrapping paper etc. and then go home and wrap it. To me having someone go through that to give a gift to Goodwill is a waste of time, gas and money. And then what about thank you cards. Thanks for the gift we gave away? I know we lead a pretty hippie life, and while I don’t force that on others, I do not want certain things in my home.
Opinions? I would prefer not having to go to Target and wonder what to get someone, prefer not wasting a tree on wrapping paper, and prefer knowing the gift I was giving was going to be used as opposed to being donated.