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Let’s talk about wish lists for kids. All of the big online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores have them.

What’s the general consensus on these lists? Are they practical, or gift-grabby?

My logical side, which dominates my thought processes, says that toy wish lists are helpful for all involved. Friends and relatives who aren’t immersed in the world of a five-year-old don’t have to shop in the dark. Parents have conveniently omitted items that are too blinky or bloody or just plain annoying. And the kids get gifts they’ll actually use. Everybody wins.

But then, there are the social conventions surrounding gift-giving. Generally, the giver chooses the gift. Fair enough, but is it a rule that the gift is a surprise? Or, maybe the element of surprise isn’t the issue. Perhaps it’s rude to just ask for a bunch of things?

I don’t know how I feel about wish lists. On the one hand, I think they are incredibly practical. I personally find that they take the difficulty out of gift-giving, and anything that makes my life easier gets a thumbs-up from me. On the other hand, traditionalists may find wish lists off-putting.

So, gift-givers will either be pro-list, anti-list, or list-neutral. Can’t please ’em all, so I’ll make a decision based on what I think.

We’ll give it a try this year. It’s no different than a letter to Santa, I suppose. And using the list is optional, in case we have list-haters out there.

Let’s see how this goes.

Thanks for reading while I deliberated this on my keyboard.




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