I heard the DJ’s discussing the “new issue” of Birthday Boxes on the radio this morning and I thought I would put this out there. Learning Express was a leader for this trend. We’ve been doing them for over 15 years now, it’s nothing “new.”
First off, what is it? The Birthday Box Registry is a unique gift registry program where kids can come in and pick out things they would like for their birthday, then we put it all in a box and parents and families can come shop out of the box. (Not to Be confused with our Birthday Baskets) The program is designed to make it easier on those parents who needed to be at the party 30 minutes ago and they don’t have a gift. They come in and say “I need to see ___________’s Birthday Box please.” They can grab a gift in their price range, pay for it, have it wrapped for free, and be out the door in less than 10 min.
- Easy on parents
- Fun for the kids
- Eliminates duplicate gifts
- All gifts are 100% returnable, even without a receipt!
- Teaches kids the joy of giving! How? See below.
Sounds good right? Well, there are some who have issues with it. Let me address those. Some parents disagree because they say a birthday gift registry teaches kids to expect, puts a strain on parents who can’t afford presents, and promotes greediness for material things. Plus, many parents are doing “no gift” parties anyways. These are incredibly valid arguments. In fact, my family and I believe in some of these same objections, BUT, there are options.
If you’re doing gifts remind the child that they may not always get what they ask for. Just because you have a registry doesn’t mean people have to shop from it (Married folks can I get an amen? I know we got some crazy stuff at our wedding).
My wife and I have had “no gift parties” for our kids. Someone always brings a gift. So we tried the Birthday Box registry for our little girl, but there was a catch. We called it a “Birthday Donation Box.” Our little girl had a blast walking through the store picking out things she thought other little boys and girls would like. Parents came and bought the gifts, then we donated to a local program for single moms. It was completely optional for parents. This did several things…
- Taught my daughter the joy of giving
- Not only did it make it easier on parents who wanted to buy something, but also parents who couldn’t afford to had no pressure to buy. All the gift were anonymous.
- It made an impact in the lives of other people right here in our local community.
- It was really fun for my daughter!
That’s just one way that my wife and I used the Birthday Box program. Giving is a big part of our lives and a big part of your local Learning Express store’s vision. We’re not a just a toy store, we want to provide you with awesome gifts and experiences you can share with your children. Birthday parties are fun and exciting. If parents choose to have parties with gifts, awesome! If they choose not to, cool deal! We’re here for you either way.
Thanks for reading, have a great day!