Timeline for Open gifts at birthday party

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Nov 19 '14 at 18:37 history edited user11394 CC BY-SA 3.0
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Nov 11 '14 at 14:29 comment added user11394 Yes, but at least it won't come up during the celebration. If people are going to be upset, it'll happen no matter when they find out. You at least have some control over that. I'd just recommend avoiding conflict during the event.
Nov 11 '14 at 14:07 comment added David Mulder Regarding the last point, that problem isn't mitigated by this approach either way, because children still compare themselves to their friends. Whether they see it being given at a birthday party or the first time they come to play over, in the end it's exactly the same thing.
Nov 11 '14 at 3:50 comment added user11394 Indeed. However, one can still notice that the child was obviously more excited about gift X. Even though they were very gracious about gift Y. I find that even adults (myself included) have a hard time masking that a gift wasn't a good fit. even though I express genuine thanks for all gifts.
Nov 11 '14 at 3:42 comment added anongoodnurse +1 - Also, coaching a child thoroughly on how to graciously accept even disappointing gifts is always desirable. Even with unexciting gifts, someone cared enough to buy (or make) him something. That matters.
Nov 11 '14 at 2:06 history answered user11394 CC BY-SA 3.0