Appropriateness of Gift Cards for
Young Children?

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Q: Every year I ask my sister what my niece and nephew (now ages 6 and 9) want for Christmas, and every year she suggests, "Just give them gift cards". Especially when they were younger, this never sat well with me. Mostly because when I have witnessed them opening gifts during past holidays, they clearly show their like or, especially, dislike of something received. How appropriate is it to give a child a gift card vs giving them a gift? More importantly, how do you teach them to be grateful for anything received, whether they like it or not?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.