The agency I work in participates in the letters to Santa program run by our local newspaper. Every year without fail some kids and parents add inappropriately priced items on their letters. Even when we explained that the items should be under $25.00, some greedy parents encourage the kids to aim high.
Parents and the kids know that they are not getting those expensive gifts, but they figure it does not hurt to ask. It is a shame really because it does hurt them. Those letters usually get weaned out by the newspaper, the agency, or get thrown away by the folks who are trying to be nice and adopt a kid. The kids end up getting nothing because of the greed.
This year I got the kids away from the parent, told then that Santa was on a budget and they needed to think of sometime affordable or they would get nothing at all. They were able to come up with affordable alternatives
I would say that you should get what you want for that kid.
The list is a guideline not a shopping list. I am surprise that the organizers of your program did not wean out that letter. If you got a contact number for the letter I would call it and see if they could give you affordable alternative to what was on the letter or buy what you want and write them a letter saying Santa is on a budget and therefore you got them this gift instead of the ones on the list. The kid won’t care as long as he /she gets something. Good luck.
Well we looked again at the list & there are spaces the parent had to complete with clothing size information, which was separate from the "wish list" section, so hubby may buy clothes or shoes instead for the boy.
You may be able to find the remote controlled car for a decent price; I've bought these for wish list recipients in the past.
There is definitely a trend towards more expensive wish lists. I used to oversee the Angel Tree program for the company I worked for. One year, the agency supplied me with a stack of tags filled with expensive wishes, and I had to ask for alternate tags, bearing more reasonable requests. The employees--most of whom were paid very well--were turned off by the requests. I think people are more apt to be generous when the wishes seem reasonable. It's too bad that this happens, because the children often get let down.
I think it's the kids-we have gotten several remote control cars over the years,cd players,too.
If the kid is asking,I doubt they are gonna ask for something based on price-why would they?
Santa doesn't care
"what's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?"
"If you judge people,you have no time to love them"
the kids don't just go get these tags and filled them out on there own , that is why i think that the adult helping the kids with those tags needs to tell them to keep it reasonable . It is not hard to do . i remember my mom telling us that santa could not spend a lot of money on toys and we understood. just because "santa" or someone else is getting them a gift doesn't mean the sky is the limit -the sooner they learn that the better .
it is over 50 after tax, but is a sony...they had a lot of electronics listed under search by gift under $50...they had some cheaper ones too, you could always go practical with some clothes and then get a less expensive boom box.
The hand printing on the form was quite legible, that's why it was assumed to be an adult who completed it.
i did the tags for most of my client's kids . I just asked the kids what they wanted and wrote it down . Most of the kids are 0-5 years old and don't know how to write . If the tags are from preschoolers or younger you could pretty much bet it was an adult who wrote (that is not a bad thing -it is just logical to assume )
We have angel trees at work, but they only list the child's first name, age and sex. No wish list. I always take the older boys because everyone wants to buy for the little kids. And I always get them basketballs. (Thanks to my basketball-loving guy friend at work for that recommendation.)