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Old 12-17-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Default At what age did you stop giving your godchildren gifts?

My godparents stopped giving me gifts for my birthday and Christmas when I turned 18. When did you stop or did you ever? I have 2 godchildren and one will be 18 this year and the other is 16.

Kristine
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:03 AM
 
Location: North Florida
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I am 25 and I still receive gifts from my Godparents. They paid for my honeymoon when I got married last year and send a gift for birthday and Christmas. Since I've gotten married, the gifts have been more couple-oriented (i.e. gift certificates). I will say that it's a personal choice and should be based on whether you still want to give gifts. They have no children, so I've been like their child all these years. They also have the funds to continue giving gifts and they like to do it. It's really up to you. If they never bought me anything again, I wouldn't be upset.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Out of the frying pan....
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As a Godmother, I would say until you stop receiving thank you notes!

to the above poster.....Wowie! Your parents chose well! LOL!!!
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Niles, Michigan
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For us whem they got Confirmed or 8th grade and them a gift for Graduation, if they aren't blood relatives
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:46 PM
 
Location: (WNY)
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My godparents never made it a special deal... My husbands family is Italian and it is a huge deal. They do it up until they are old and gone. WE have put a stop to the gift giving at 18. Once a kid hits 18 they are done. No matter what. We don't give gifts to adults unless it is a landmark birthday. And we stay out of grab bags and things like that. I think it is a bit much after 18.... with all of the kids and family members it gets to be way too pricey and we can't afford it. CHILDREN deserve gifts.... adults can deal with the company of their friends and family at their side--- YOUR PRESENCE is PRESENT enough.....at least it should be at that age.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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If they send "thank-you" notes, or call---or acknowledge your efforts in any way, I'd keep doing it, but I'd buy them either stock in some company, or savings bonds(it doesn't have to be alot--$25 will grow, over time!).....not packaged gifts, but something for their future.
If you haven't received any thank-yous, then stop! That'll get their attention!
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: North Florida
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If they send "thank-you" notes, or call---or acknowledge your efforts in any way, I'd keep doing it, but I'd buy them either stock in some company, or savings bonds(it doesn't have to be alot--$25 will grow, over time!).....not packaged gifts, but something for their future.
If you haven't received any thank-yous, then stop! That'll get their attention!
I agree! Because my godmother stressed the importance of sending thank you's, I send them for any gift I receive. She has said on numerous occaisons (to my mother) that this is why she and my uncle still send gifts. She stopped sending gifts to my cousins when they all hit about 16 because she didn't think they appreciated it.

Thank you's go a long way and is something more parents should teach their kids.
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Where we enjoy all four seasons
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I have a couple of godchildren close to 30 years old.
One doesn't bother to acknowledge that a gift has been given so I stopped (boy I am getting old)
The other we buy each other really special personal gifts just because. She calls me her "fairy godmother".
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Oh...Are you supposed to give you godchildren gifts?


Oh OH.
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