Birthday Blues: Do you give a gift if sickness prevented attendance?

by epi on January 6, 2012

Q: My daughter was invited to a birthday party and the day of the party she was sick and did not attend. Does she still give the birthday child the present?

A: Sure. It is a shame your daughter missed the party but that is no reason not to give the the gift you got for her friend.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Dawn Blausey January 9, 2012 at 11:21 am

My daughter that turned 14 had a birthday party and passed out invites to 10 friends. All RSVP that they were coming but the day of the party 2 friends cancelled on that day, so 6 showed up for the party, 2 empty handed (no gift or card for my daughter). Who does that? I felt so bad for my daughter but worse for the 2 girls.


Alicia January 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

Well a few things
1. Gifts are not required for birthday parties. They are a nice thing but not a requirement.
2. Do you feel bad for the ones that canceled or the ones who showed up empty handed? Either way nothing to feel bad for them over in first case they missed out on a fun party on the second case well gifts are not requiored to be given.


Ashleigh January 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I understand perhaps feeling bad for the 2 without gifts. It’s possible that there might be financial difficulties in their family that prevented them from bringing a gift and if everyone else showed up with something, it might have been extremely embarassing for them. If that was the case, I would have had your daughter save all of her gifts to open at a later time so that there wasn’t more of a spotlight put on the issue.


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