Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas Tip #487

Preschool children do NOT understand a gift exchange. I don't mind going out and buying the $5 gift for a particular gender child, but unless we are all buying the same gift the outcome is not going to be pretty.

Today I went to Target to pick up the last few things I needed for the class Christmas parties, and get the water and snack for my son's Kindergarten class. Tomorrow is Child #5's Christmas party and gift exchange at his twice a week preschool. We wandered Target and I found a pair of snowman socks for $1, a package of Cars stickers for $1, and a puzzle for $3. I thought I had a good thing going. Until Child #5 saw the puzzle. He claimed it as his own. I've tried to explain the gift exchange concept, but I think its lost on a 4 year old. No, he doesn't want to trade "his" puzzle to his friend and his friend give him a surprise present. He wants "his" puzzle. Its a freakin $3 puzzle! I even tried to convince him that if he really wanted it maybe Santa would bring another one just for him.... it would be like you both had this awesome present. NO. That does not work. For the past 3 plus hours all I've heard is intermittent whining about this damn puzzle.

My tip to all you folks out there considering a gift exchange for your young children: Don't even think that it will be so cute to have all the kiddos exchange stuff because its going to turn into a throwdown fight when someone else has whatever cheap ass gift it is that your kid wants. Boycot it. Its not worth it.


LegalMist said...

You are so right! I had the same experience last year w/my son's preschool gift-exchange. If you're going to participate in these things, you cannot, repeat, cannot, let the young child see the gift he/she is giving away!! Ay yi yi!

Unknown said...

Hahaha! This is a good tip for the future!

When I was in elementary school, I got a USED book for the gift exchange. Used as in - the girl must've grabbed it off of her shelf as she ran out the door. Her name was written inside of it and it was all rumpled! You better believe I wanted my own gift exchange gift back!

Tenakim said...

My kids' preschool always did a book exchange- that's pretty safe- everyone's getting a crappy book.