I Missed the Memo--Are Sibling Gifts the New Standard?

July 26, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

I recently learned that over the course of the year, the most babies are born during the summer months. And you know what that means? Tons of summer birthday parties. I’m actually headed to one this weekend, which means I have to buckle down and decide on a gift for the little girl.

But here’s something I never considered. Should I bring a gift for the birthday girl’s brother, too?

If that questions sounds absurd to you, you’re not alone. When a few of my coworkers first suggested the idea of a sibling gift, I was like WTF? I’m already driving all the way up north to the party with a present for the child we’re celebrating. Isn’t that enough?

Apparently not. Sibling gifts, which are typically smaller, less flashy presents, are intended to help quell the jealousy factor. If you have a sibling, you know what I’m talking about. Nothing sucks more than seeing your brother or sister buried in awesome new toys and clothes while you’ve got the same old stuff you had the day before.

I totally get the point of a sibling gift, but I still think they’re absolutely ridiculous. I’m sorry, but I’m just not getting your other kid (or kids!) a gift so they don’t throw a hissy fit at your child’s birthday.

What about you? Do you bring sibling gifts to the birthday parties you attend or do you think they’re kind of ridiculous, too? Share your opinion in the comments.

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