“I’m getting Will a PC for his birthday. Who wants to go in on it?”
Ah yes…the group gift. There are lots of advantages to it:
- More people usually mean greater purchasing power
- Great way to afford a gift that would be otherwise unattainable
- Helpful when some of the givers have no idea what to get
- Saves people time—no shopping, no wrapping
I am all in favor of the group gift. The key to making it work is for the “gift coordinator” to appropriately recognize the people who contributed to the gift. It can be as simple as having people sign a card…or even signing their names for them.
In the example above, my sister was getting a PC for my nephew. I happily contributed to the group gift, but wanted a gesture that would help him feel extra special. Since I live on the opposite side of the country from my family, the items I selected had to easily fit in a mailing box. I made a giant brownie (travels better than a birthday cake), included some balloons and party plates and added a popular toy (stacking cups).
Combining efforts for a gift can certainly work well. But if you want to sweeten the experience a little more, a small token can have a big impact.
Will is ready to enjoy his birthday brownie!