we start them so young…

i just went to a birthday party for a one-year old boy.  here is one of the gift tables…


the best gift he received: a contribution to his college savings account from his grandfather.  now there’s a gift that will outlast the batteries in the laughing elmo doll.

Joshua Becker

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  1. says

    Love that grandfather! We have repeatedly over the last 10 years requested the same thing-college investment. But instead get useless toys that I end up returning to put the money in a fund for them. I wouldn’t even mind a small toy in addition if it makes them feel better.

  2. says

    I only recently came across your blog, and I’m loving it.
    In my own life, gifts to my children are a source of on-going frustration to me. I’m finding it really difficult to get grandparents, etc. on board with the less-gifts, less-lavish (or less trash, in some cases) idea.

  3. di says

    We usually place a limit of one toy per child. Then sort for Good Will after birthdays and Xmas. With kids, they outgrow things quickly. Just about everything I pass on is still in good shape.

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