The traditional wedding practice of a gift registry has trickled down to the sticky mess that is a kids’ party.
Parents are now able to ask other parents to select gifts off a chosen list or contribute money towards something larger like a holiday, an X-Box or… their child’s education fund.
Gift registry apps like Purposit encourage parents to ask for money to be put towards experiences such as trips, experience and education rather than material items.
Listen to Holly and Andrew debate the politics of pre-picked presents below. Post continues after audio.
Material items are still very much a part of the idea, it’s just that parents can now channel the money spent on their child more efficiently. The goal is to eliminate ‘unnecessary’ gifts.
The idea raises a few issues. On the one hand, it could offer financial relief to a family who was struggling to purchase their child’s ‘dream gift’.
On the other hand, it’s forcing other parents, who may also be struggling financially, to purchase items they simply can’t afford.
The idea of gift registries for children’s birthdays was brought up on our parenting podcast This Glorious Mess.
Podcast hosts Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo discussed whether parents and children should be able to dictate birthday gifts.