(Closed) Do you buy presents for your friends' children?

posted 5 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Do you buy (Christmas and/or birthday) presents for your friends' children? Do you have children?
    I buy presents even though I don't know the kids well. I have kids. : (0 votes)
    I buy presents even though I don't know the kids well. I don't have kids. : (8 votes)
    15 %
    I buy presents for kids I am close with (spend time with them apart from parents). I have kids. : (3 votes)
    6 %
    I buy presents for kids I am close with (spend time with them apart from parents). I have no kids. : (19 votes)
    36 %
    I don't buy presents for my friends' kids. I have kids. : (3 votes)
    6 %
    I don't buy presents for my friends' kids. I have no kids. : (20 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t buy friends’ kids gifts. Holy cow that sounds like a pandoras box of trouble. There are tons of kids in our network of friends and it would totally break us. No, only graduation gifts from us. 

    Post # 4
    7680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @AlwaysSunny:  Did adults exchange gifts at last year’s party? If not, I’d say it’s a non-gift party and you did nothing wrong last year.

    The only time, ever, that I buy gifts for other people’s kids is when my kids are invited to their birthday party. (And same with other people and my kids).

    Post # 5
    5886 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I dont have kids

    I buy things for my Boyfriend or Best Friend of 27 years. I dont see her or her kid very often even though we live in the same metro area. But I do try to get her little things for her birthday or xmas or when I travel to some place fun. 

    I have 2 other friends that I see more often (every week), but we’ve only known each other 4 years and gotten super close this past year. I dont buy their kids gifts unless we are invited to a birhtday party. 

    Post # 6
    534 posts
    Busy bee

    I bought a gift for my best friend’s 18 month old. She doesn’t have much money so I got him something I know she’s been wanting to get him. Otherwise, I don’t buy for friends’ kids.

    Post # 7
    2542 posts
    Sugar bee

    We buy a gift for my best friend’s daughter and my husband’s best friend’s daughter. So just the ones we are close to. Their kids call us Auntie and Uncle and I enjoy getting them little things at Christmas so I do 🙂 Usually a book or piece of clothing.

    Post # 8
    5955 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t.  In general I try to keep the whole gift giving thing from spiraling out of control and I don’t give gifts to friends for xmas.  I am keeping this going with friends kids.  Honestly, we live in such a world of plenty that my friends really don’t need the extra things for their kids and I certainly don’t want to create a situation where they start buying stuff for me (I need more stuff like I need a hole in the head).  

    Gift giving is not really something that I connect with.  To me it all just feels like part of the consumerist culture that we’d be better off without.

    Post # 10
    4056 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I buy my BFF’s son something for borthday and Chirstmas. We buy birthday presents for DH’s best friend’s kids, but that’s because we’re always invited to their birthday parties – can’t show up without a present 🙂

    We don’t have kids yet but I am currently pregnant.

    Post # 11
    13248 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I only have a handful of close friends who have kids, and I always buy stuff for them.  I think that may dwindle as more and more people have kids, but right now, it’s manageable.

    Post # 12
    451 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    i do because my  friends son is my godson and im really close to him…if that werent the case i probably still would get something

    Post # 13
    8471 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I used to buy for only my best friend’s kids. This year I’m not. Between buying the house, the dog, & $2400 towards getting my car fixed, I just can’t do it right now. Luckily I only have to buy for 3 people + the dog. 

    Post # 14
    964 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I don’t but I probably would if any of my close friends had children.

    Post # 16
    9681 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    We don’t. We have enough kids we are actually related to who need gifts from us 😛

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