Okay, so today one of our Twitter friends @1girl2boys, who has twins, asked her followers if she had to bring two gifts to a party that her twins were invited to. The birthday child is not a twin and my gut response was, "No way...that kid gets one gift from your twins. Don't overspend"...I mean come on, do twin parents really have to shell out two gifts every time they go to a party for another child. That practice of double-gifting at every birthday celebration would add up financially fast. But then I got thinking about the reverse case scenario. ie. The twins are having a birthday party so do the guests bring one gift for the twins to share or two gifts, one for each twin?
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Catherine Colby Costantino
Here were the responses he received (keep in mind that most of these people are not parents of twins/multiples but of singletons)...
7. And what about the quality or longevity of the relationship between the birthday party goers and havers. Should that weigh into the decision making regardiing how much to spend or what to buy/make for the birthday child?
My daughter once made a frame for a friend that had some sports images on it and some painted words that she created all referring to her friends favorite basketball team. It was homemade and not terribly expensive and her friend could not have been happier. In fact, the thank you note my daughter received stated that is was the nicest and most thoughtful gift she had ever got from a friend.
Good luck with deciding on this Etiquette issue. Doesn't seem like there is any tried and true answer but in the end, do what is best for your family while also adding some thoughtfulness into the plan. In the end, I think everyone will see the meaningfulness of the present/s and the party will go on without a hitch!