Originally Posted by Vikingdad
Um, folks? She's one year old. I would get her one of those oversize plastic key rings with multi-colored keys for her birthday and a puppy (from the pound) for Christmas if you are a dog family (not just you, but Mom too).
Don't you EVER
get her one gift and say "This is your birthday present and
your Christmas present." Never ever. Even if the second gift is just a token, give her one gift for each occasion. Then take the rest of what you would spend and set it aside somehow (buy some gold or silver or start a savings account if you trust the banks---).
At that age all they really want from you is love and attention. Give her those in great quantities every day of her life and you will be golden (don't spoil her though!)
My oldest son was born on Dec. 23rd. We always had a separate birthday party for him. His birthday presents were always wrapped in birthday paper, not Christmas paper. But I'll tell you, as he got older, he WANTED his birthday and Christmas gifts combined because there comes a point where they want more expensive items rather than two less costly items.
I agree that money into an account is a good idea for a child so young. They usually have an abundance of toys and they really have no idea it's their birthday or Christmas.
And I don't think you can spoil children with love, only with items.