Family swimming in baby gifts should ...

Family swimming in baby gifts should invest in child's future

There are 42 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 26, 2009, titled Family swimming in baby gifts should invest in child's future. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

DEAR ABBY: I would like to offer a suggestion to "Tired Mom in the City" , whose baby's eight grandparents have overloaded the family with unneeded and redundant gifts.

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“Death to humans!”

Since: Jul 08

A long way from here...

#22 Mar 26, 2009
angelique770 wrote:
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Hey! Right now it's MY turn to get stuff and cash.
;p
You should DEFINITELY register at some place, load the list up and include it in the wedding invites. Also, be sure to have a money tree out and do the dollar dance.

And don't forget to have a breastfeeding section at dinner!

:-P
domini

Eau Claire, WI

#23 Mar 26, 2009
Misplaced Texan wrote:
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True. I, however, am not a kid, and would LOVE "stuff." I will also accept cash.
Big boy stuff is way more expensive. Go for the cash.
domini

Eau Claire, WI

#24 Mar 26, 2009
angelique770 wrote:
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Hey! Right now it's MY turn to get stuff and cash.
;p
Ok, I'll play the baby grand and you get to lay on it and sing. That should bring in some cash.
Aisle Sitter

United States

#25 Mar 26, 2009
I try to ask the parents what they would prefer to get, aside from a cute onesie or something off the registry. I try to spend time with the kids and keep up with them and their activities, too.

I've been the "mean" "Auntie" who gives books to my girlfriend's kids... I figured that this was somthing that she may not be able to swing for them. Luckily, they've grown to love reading, and my choices (from Frog and Toad, Dr. Suess, through Little House, Anne of Green Gables) have been winners so far.

But, now that my brother has a kid, I'm still figuring out how I'm going to be "mean" to him... Starting with the baptismal gift, it's money into the custodial account, that I'm assuming will be college money. I've got some books to keep at my house, and I can't wait until he's old enough for Clipo!(I love having a nephew use to use as "justification" for buying toys!!)
Rational

Chicago, IL

#26 Mar 26, 2009
BORING

BORING

BORING

BORING

I hate it when abby runs 5 responses to the same letter, so today I revolt by basically doing the same:

BORING

BORING

BORING

BORING
Pippa1

Hancock, NY

#27 Mar 26, 2009
AngelaMN wrote:
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Cool! I am not an aunt, but I save all my change for my friend's little boy. I haven't told her about it yet -- I'm saving it up. I also have named her and her husband as beneficiaries of my life insurance policy at work, with the intent of paying for their kid's (or, kids', if they have another child) college education.(As an aside,$10K of that money goes to the exboyfriend who agreed to take my cats if something were to happen to me.)
I haven't told them this, but it made me very happy when I decided that's what I wanted to do.
That's very generous of you. It's also good that you haven't told them. Your circumstances can change and you might need to dip into those funds or you may end up with children or step-children of your own. You may still leave something for your friend's child but not as much. Having things set up ahead of time as you have makes sure your money and cats go where you want them. Good for you.
Pippa1

Hancock, NY

#28 Mar 26, 2009
Kinder and Gentler Phil wrote:
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{pulling up a chair..........
Here, sit down and take a load off. I can tell you some of mine..........
How's the job situation going? I think you did say the other day that you'd been laid off.(I really hope I'm wrong.) If that's the case, you certainly have a passle of your own problems. Anyway, I'm sure I'm not the only one on this board who's hoping you find another job that you like. Best wishes.
Dienne

United States

#29 Mar 26, 2009
A 529 is a much better option than a savings bond. Better return over time. Also, contributing to a 529 is tax-deductible. And if bonds are really your thing, you can put your 529 money into bonds or bond funds.

“An Apple a day”

Since: Jun 08

nil carborundum illegitemi

#30 Mar 26, 2009
Misplaced Texan wrote:
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You should DEFINITELY register at some place, load the list up and include it in the wedding invites. Also, be sure to have a money tree out and do the dollar dance.
And don't forget to have a breastfeeding section at dinner!
:-P
YOU ROCK! I had completely forgotten about the dollar dance as well as the breastfeeding section. Of course everyone will be asked to remove their shoes and the food will be all vegan. I only hope that someone will write to Amy about it.

;p

“An Apple a day”

Since: Jun 08

nil carborundum illegitemi

#31 Mar 26, 2009
domini wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok, I'll play the baby grand and you get to lay on it and sing. That should bring in some cash.
Yes! Score! My footie pajamas will be an especially big hit.

Btw have you been on the "Happily Ever After" thread yet?
Matilda

United States

#32 Mar 26, 2009
Aisle Sitter wrote:
I've been the "mean" "Auntie" who gives books to my girlfriend's kids... I figured that this was somthing that she may not be able to swing for them. Luckily, they've grown to love reading, and my choices (from Frog and Toad, Dr. Suess, through Little House, Anne of Green Gables) have been winners so far.
Books aren't a mean gift!:-) I've resorted to getting books for people at the birth of their second, third, etc. children. They already have the baby stuff from the first kid, and books are something both/all the kids can get use out of. One of my friends even registered for books for her first kid on Amazon, so I got her those.
Daria

Waterford, MI

#33 Mar 26, 2009
Kinder and Gentler Phil wrote:
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{pulling up a chair..........
Here, sit down and take a load off. I can tell you some of mine..........
Lemme buy you a beer. So, how was your stint in Retail Hell today?
J-Kat

United States

#34 Mar 26, 2009
Aisle Sitter wrote:
I've been the "mean" "Auntie" who gives books to my girlfriend's kids...
Here's a poem you might like.

http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2006/12/poetr...

I was known as the "aunt who gives books," too. I always loved getting books as gifts and I still do.
Rose

Minneapolis, MN

#35 Mar 26, 2009
KSyrahSyrah wrote:
How very modern - and ill mannered. Turn gift giving into a fund raiser...
Giving someone a chance at an education without having to worry about loans is a great gift. If you are going to give someone a gift, you should give them something they can really use.
Rose

Minneapolis, MN

#36 Mar 26, 2009
AngelaMN wrote:
<quoted text>
Cool! I am not an aunt, but I save all my change for my friend's little boy. I haven't told her about it yet -- I'm saving it up. I also have named her and her husband as beneficiaries of my life insurance policy at work, with the intent of paying for their kid's (or, kids', if they have another child) college education.(As an aside,$10K of that money goes to the exboyfriend who agreed to take my cats if something were to happen to me.)
I haven't told them this, but it made me very happy when I decided that's what I wanted to do.
I save all of my change for my son. I keep thinking I should put it in the bank where it can draw interest. The other day I was reading an article on a fire and that got me worried about what would happen if the house caught on fire. Does insurance replace lost cash?

If my son's education was not already taken care of, I would love to have you be an honorary aunt.
Rose

Minneapolis, MN

#37 Mar 26, 2009
Aisle Sitter wrote:
I try to ask the parents what they would prefer to get, aside from a cute onesie or something off the registry. I try to spend time with the kids and keep up with them and their activities, too.
I've been the "mean" "Auntie" who gives books to my girlfriend's kids... I figured that this was somthing that she may not be able to swing for them. Luckily, they've grown to love reading, and my choices (from Frog and Toad, Dr. Suess, through Little House, Anne of Green Gables) have been winners so far.
But, now that my brother has a kid, I'm still figuring out how I'm going to be "mean" to him... Starting with the baptismal gift, it's money into the custodial account, that I'm assuming will be college money. I've got some books to keep at my house, and I can't wait until he's old enough for Clipo!(I love having a nephew use to use as "justification" for buying toys!!)
Books are awesome gifts. I often tell my son, nieces and nephews that with a book you can be anyone, do anything and go anywhere you want with the help of a good imagination. When my nieces and nephews were younger, I signed them each up for book clubs. My son gets a new book each week. Actually he got five this week because they let him pick two books at the Drs Office when he went in for his four year checkup today, his tutor gave him two book last Tuesday and I bought him one. Now, maybe he won't be tempted to have me read the same book for a week.
pugglemom

Phoenix, AZ

#38 Mar 26, 2009
On the overload of baby gifts: Good suggestions about 529 plans etc., but if the grandparents enjoy buying baby toys or cute outfits, making a deposit to a college fund won't cut it for them.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

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#39 Mar 26, 2009
Rose wrote:
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Giving someone a chance at an education without having to worry about loans is a great gift. If you are going to give someone a gift, you should give them something they can really use.
I fully agree with giving someone someting they can use. I hate to waste money. And I don't like to see someone waste money on me either. On more than one occassion, I have recieved a gift from my mom, that she really thought I would like, but the reality was that it was not something I would use. Instead of keeping those gifts, I told her thanks, but I really won't use them and had her gether money back. I'd rather she keep her money than waste money on something that will sit in a closet in my house. She's given me plenty. I don't need gifts.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#40 Mar 26, 2009
Rose wrote:
what would happen if the house caught on fire. Does insurance replace lost cash?
Read your policy...
Nelson

Fredericktown, MO

#41 Mar 27, 2009
I loved getting books for presents when I was younger. School, for the most part, was boring and I wanted something to do while the class was going over material we covered for the past two days.
When I got older, I enjoyed getting giftcards to bookstores (Borders, etc), so I could pick out books on my own. Sometimes the people who gave me the card ask to borrow the book I bought with it! Lol.

Books are wonderful gifts.

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