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Annh17
Annh17
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I can’t believe I am planning my baby’s 1st birthday, how has it come round this quick.

Now I know family/friends will want too get her presents, but with just having Christmas and I mean what more does she possibly want. We was thinking of having a couple of donation boxes, that’s people if they want too donate to.

If you was going to 1st birthday party would you rather do present or donation?

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destiny121

Good question.... I would prefer donation but would be too scared to ask 😂😂😂

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Annh17
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in reply to destiny121

I know that’s the thing how do we word it, we have 2 charity that are close to our hearts.

But being a 1st birthday, I can see why more people will want too get presents.

It’s a difficult one

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Noobs

Hey Annh17, I’m a Boxing Day birthday which was/is a nightmare for everyone. My relatives used to give me money for my bank or vouchers so I could spend them later in the year. It’s hard as you don’t want to ask for money but at the same time, you don’t want people wasting money on presents. What about tickets or passes for local attractions so you can take your daughter places in the nicer weather. Experiences rather than presents. It can be as little as entrance to the soft play. Donations to a specific charity is a lovely idea too.xx

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Noobs
Noobs
in reply to Noobs

And happy birthday to her when it comes😀xx

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Annh17
Annh17
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That must be a nightmare for your family lol.

It’s just so difficult, what does a 2 year old want when she’s just had Christmas and found the paper and tags more interesting lol.

I am thinking that when people start asking what shall we get, I will say about the donation to charity or money for her bank account.

Our family are good and will ask, a lot like too get clothes, which is great. x

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Noobs
Noobs
in reply to Annh17

Give them both options and let them decide. Clothes are very handy. There too young to understand at that age. As you say the paper and tags are more interesting😂.x

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MissEd

We actually asked for vouchers or money, my lo is 1 on 15th jan but we had our party on Saturday. I think donation is a nice idea but id personally prefer to get a child a present, vouchers or money.

Any money we will put in to his savings account and then he can decide what he does with it x

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Hydromermaid-1

I know what you mean as Florence is two in Feb but I will say clothes for summer or pay/put money towards her dancing group she goes to. Although whenever anyone asks us and we give suggestions they never bloody listen anyway 😂 x

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kt_11

Totally agree with you about not going mad with the presents, especially with Christmas only just gone by.

People love to buy toys but with material gifts maybe better to stick with things she needs (eg clothes, shoes etc).

Also would recommend passes to local attractions etc. Over the next few months she will begin to enjoy playing on playgrounds more, visiting farms, zoos, aquariums etc. Some of the National trust places are great for kids to go and run around. We have a kids museum near us which is really interactive and we have an annual pass for that too.

Charity donations is a lovely idea or maybe contributions to any classes etc she might go to. My boy does gymnastics and rhythm time and used to do swimming which all have termly costs. Hope you all have a lovely day! x

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Wondering20

We set up a children’s account (which usually have higher interest rates though you can’t really dip into it - just once a year is okay or you loose any interest for that whole year) and every time we can’t think of anything else our toddler needs we just suggest that people can put money in his account should they wish to.

An alternative option for you perhaps :) x x

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AJBee

Very kindly my parents bought our son some premium bonds when he was born. We thought that future Christmases and birthdays when people ask what to get him we could always give them the option of adding to his premium bond pot. I think you can do £25 at a time. Or of course there are a million other child saving/ISA schemes too. Might be nice if these got added to over the years so they can have a chunk of cash at 18 or 21, or when they want to (try to!?) get on the property ladder? His birthday is March, so like you, not too far for m Christmas, so I think that's what well suggest to family. Time really does fly far too fast doesn't it 😩xx

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