Gift opening at one year olds birthday party

by Memee

My grandson just had his first birthday party from 2-4 PM. Step daughter didn't open gifts. My mom and sister came from out of town and they were really wanting to see her open their gifts. At the least I feel she should thank them for gifts. I think it was ugly of her not to open gifts. What do u think?

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Jun 14, 2014
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by: Danielle

Aug 07, 2012
Not ugly NEW
by: Meredith

Hello Memee,

While thanking for gifts is mandatory, opening them in front of an audience is not. Perhaps the parents want to instill in their son a sense that people and their company are more important than material goods. It is certainly a good lesson.

There is an easy compromise here. Why not open the gifts while Skyping? The relatives can see a reaction and the gift policies are still respected.

Warmest Regards,


Dec 27, 2011
Thank-you required NEW
by: Dandelion

The child is tiny and is certainly not required to open his own gifts. If he can manage it, he should thank people for their presents--never too early to start that!

The child's parents (I assume they're hosting the party?) should have made certain everyone was thanked for their presents--gentle prompting of the child ("What do you say?") is charming.

However, present opening then and there is not required, and labeling failure to do so "ugly" is over the line. Presents should be received graciously with a verbal thank-you and a note to follow promptly.

At young children's birthday parties, sometimes presents are not opened because children are still being taught to receive them graciously and consider the feelings of the gift-givers if their present isn't appreciated.

Mar 14, 2011
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by: Mick

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