Every parent looks forward to their child’s 1st birthday- the birthday cake, decorations and the gathering of friends and family!  Another aspect of the 1st birthday party that the parents and children look forward to is the gifts.

Now most 1-year-olds are not going to remember the gifts that they receive during this time because they are too young and the gifts will not last past toddler years.  So why not give a gift that will last a lifetime.

Not too long ago, I did a blog on giving shares of stock as a gift for babies.  Guests can easily purchase stock for the baby and present the investment in a decorated frame.  Well, why not give the gift of a college education?

Last year I planned a party for a 2-year-old, in which the parents asked that none of the guests bring gifts.  Instead, they requested that the guests donate towards the child’s college fund.  The parents did not ask for any specific amounts, only that they guests kindly deposit the monetary amount that they were going to spend on a gift into an account that had been set up for the child’s education.

I thought that this was a very good idea.  I definitely remember how much my college education cost and can only imagine how much it will cost for upcoming generations.  What are your thoughts on this approach to gifting?

Make It Memorable!