We got an invitation a few weeks ago to a kid birthday party. In it I was amazed to find a note indicating where the child was registered for gifts. I have to admit that I was, well, a little creeped out. Imagining any kid wandering through a toy store, marking down all the items she will definitely get at her birthday party just seems wrong. Doesn’t that just take the fun, creativity and surprise out of it? Doesn’t it seem like it would make the child feel a bit too entitled? Don’t they need to learn how to smile and pretend that they like a present that actually sucks?
The more I thought about it, though, the more interesting the idea became. What if I was the one to walk through the store and register? Wouldn’t that avoid all those toys that the kids say they want just because they think it looks fun at the store? Would that allow me to be sure they’d get appropriate items and not, say, slutty dolls or BB guns? Wouldn’t it be helpful for out-of-town grandparents or childless family members who have no idea what kids like? Or would that make me too much of a control freak?
What do you think? Is a kid registry a good idea, or just creepy?