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Parents spending all their income on kids presents.

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AvianEx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't see why parents buy their kids such expensive toys and waste all their money on it! It's not like the kids going to look after it.
There is this one child of about seven with a nintendo 3DS. I saw him throw it from one end of the bus we were on to the other. The screen cracked and he somehow managed to get his mother to be sympathetic.
When I was younger, my mum got me a little wooden train, and I played with that. She didn't waste her money on something that I would break within 30 seconds because she knew it was a waste of money. Seems sensible, right?
Another example is that one parent I have heard of is in a little bit of financial trouble. Instead of cutting back on expensive christmas presents, they sold their car.
This is madness!

tl;dr. Parents wasting money on expensive xmas presents instead of on useful stuff like food.
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Gashu-Monsata Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I got a Gameboy Color when I was 7, and I still have the exact same one at 21. I think part of the problem is that technology is becoming more delicate nowadays (the Gameboy was a fucking brick :lol:), and the fact that kids take less time to care for their stuff nowadays too.

On a related note, my sister got her 3 and 4 year old sons this tablet that's basically a cheaper iPad (still cost about 200GBP though). When I said she'd be better off getting a DS for them because it's more durable, she said "oh they have one but they got bored of it". :stare:
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Shintai88 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I can't relate since, We have no tradition of actually giving each other presents. More like Boxes of Cheap bargain chocolates or Cookies, wrapped in wrapping paper. So I don't understand the whole parents spending money on kids, with no regard to their actual budget.

But I do see such behaviour as crazy.
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Yzabel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately, some people just can't get their priorities straight. :(
I've seen some parents claim they didn't have the money to buy their kids a couple of notebooks and pens for school stuff, and being unable to pay said kids' lunch fees from the school cafeteria. But then the kid shows up with designer clothes/a DS/a new iPhone/whatever. Seriously, the mind boggles.
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tsundoku Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Writer
Christmas isn't a holiday, it's an excuse to consume products.
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SimplyLemie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
My last post aside - I can live without seeing kids with mobile phones and their own computers. Kids at low age doesn't need those stuff! Especially not a NEW phone like, say Iphone. Buy the kids old phones which doesn't break no matter how hard you throw them in the ground or bathe with them.

As long as the kid is responsible enough and the parents actually can afford it - no problem.
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SimplyLemie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Some people have enough money to not call it waste to give their kids presents.
Some kids are responsible enough to take care of presents.

You saw a idiot on a buss, it doesn't mean all kids are like that.
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Qarou Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
I agree with this, even though my parents tend to get me some expensive gifts for the winter holidays. (This means 3 holidays combined usually, The day I was adopted, Hanukkah, and my Birthday)

Most of the time though, my gifts last a long time though, or I sell them to buy myself new stuff. (AKA my PSP and DS which lasted a good long life that I finally traded in to get some money for some new stuff :3)

I CANNOT stand when kids get these expensive gifts and they're like 4 or something, as well as if the kid, any age, gets a new one every year or less, or break something and their parents replace it. Even though I get expensive gifts, they're one-time for me, gotta give up old gifts if I want to get myself something new. :I
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veronicarockstrom Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
My family is pretty well off these days, but when I was a wee child my mom never let us go without presents. Granted, she didn't go out and BUY anything.. she knew kids just wanted something to unwrap. She wrapped up our toothbrushes, sheets, combs, socks we already wore lol, we didn't know the difference!
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Sapphire-Ashesx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Some kids are so stupid..

My sister and I had a playstation 2 at the age of 4 and 6 (I was the 6 year old), it still works today. It's lost in a closet somewhere though since we had the floors redone a few years ago. Still usable though. :bucktooth:
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rinidarklight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Myself and my siblings grew up in a pretty broke family. We actually grew up never expecting anything under the tree. But, our parents would always end up getting us something. I remember the year they managed to get us the limited edition gold Zelda N64. There was nearly 3 child-sized heart attacks that year. We still have it and it still functions perfectly. Kids these days seem to think that electronics are disposable or something..
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Their money, their problem. If they wanna squander it, it isn't your peoblem. Rich dumbfucks are rich dumbfucks.
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, I had a freaking Genesis as my first real gaming console. :XD: Grew up on Sonic. :lol:
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awesomeizzy Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When we didn't have a lot of money when I was younger, my parents would use Christmas to get us things that weren't quite essential, but were useful, so one year I remember I got one of those clock radios that certainly became useful when I went to secondary school the following year. We just knew that we couldn't have expensive presents and that was that.

Then, if it got broken, we would have to buy the replacement ourselves, so we learnt, like when I was 12 my first phone broke through my carelessness, and I had to pay for my next one myself. I haven't broken a phone since then. :lol:
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comrademonaco Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
I never know what I want for Christmas, but when it comes around, my family showers me with all these expensive gifts that I don't want or need. :saddummy: Sometimes I think that the best gift is just plain old money. XD
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AvianEx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm hoping for iTunes Vouchers :) Or a PM.
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LeucisticCrow Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm spending almost two hundred dollars on my little brother this year :meow:
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AvianEx Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! How old his he, and what is it?
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LeucisticCrow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure he's nine or ten (I really hate keeping track of ages >.>) and he really wanted a bow and arrow cause he wants to go hunting with my uncle some day. I really just want to spoil them 'cause I've been gone almost six months
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AvianEx Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ok
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LeucisticCrow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Its awesome.
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Tidal-Wave-Art Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of the presents I used to get were clothes.
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Sauti-Alamisi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My mother only got us what we can handle when I was younger. But that was the good old past, before IPhones were invented.

But seeing 5 year olds with IPhone 5's make me want to burst. I still don't have a phone yet, even if I am in High School.

Damn.
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Ieighton Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
"Back in my day..."

Times change, sorry.

That said, half of my Christmas gift this year is socks. Feels comfy, man.
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Plus if they get old, they'd make a fun boredom killer. :lol:
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Ieighton Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:paranoid:
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lol: Sock puppets anyone?
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Ieighton Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I had a humiliating experience with sock puppets wielded by my sister when I was little. Never again.
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always had fun with them, they're fun to make at any age, and fun to play with and can get a couple of legitimate laughs out of someone too, which is always cool.
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KokoManiac Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I remember when my mom bought a Wii last Christmas....that....that day....was the best day of my life. :iconmanlytearsplz:


even if i got laughed at school for getting a wii in 2011 :happycry:
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SimplyLemie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I've never understood wii and wouldn't want it as a console - but why on earth would people laugh about it? Really. Consoles probably have the longest lives when it comes to technique stuff. Computers or mobile phones you'd have to get a new every year or more if you want to be "up to date", consoles... they don't seem to come out that often.



My brother got a wii last year too.
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KokoManiac Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Since my Gamecube died, and I had a bunch of Gamecube games left over I didn't finish and me and my little brother would beg my mom for years asking her for a Wii (about that time we were sonic fans and Sonic Colors just came out the year before and we wanted it still) and in 2011 we got a Wii, it was a big suprise since my mom almost never buys these kind of things. :lol:
People made fun of me because they thought I should have gotten a Wii in 06, and it was lame and IU should have gotten an Xbox Kinnect since that was the "new best thing". I just laughed at them.
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Jellybean9000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I was 7, I had a Game Boy Color for Christmas. Lasted a good three years. :nod:

I still have the PSP that I got for my birthday four years ago, and it works like a charm. I even got it able to play the Internet Radio on it. :la:

My parents always told me to always keep up with everything of high value to me, especially ones that are obviously expensive, and to never take them outside of the house, even if you're just at the door to get the mail. I'd be lucky if they gave me another of such things should they get lost or broken.
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Sauti-Alamisi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor Gameboyie lived a longer life. :dummy:

I got a Gameboy Advanced SP when I was 5 or 6, I don't remember what age I got it or even when.

It still works after these many years, but I broke the charger and it died. It's now spending time in that Opossum home, I mean garage.
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Jellybean9000 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know that you can get another SP charger, right?

And I'm jealous; I never had any type of system that played GBA games at all. :(
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SinisterStick Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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Res-Gestae Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
When I was seven or eight, my parents got a Nintendo 64 for my brother and I to share. We've still got it in working order after all these years.

My point is that kids can't learn to be responsible with their things unless you give them things to practice being responsible with :shrug:
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have an N64 currently.
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Res-Gestae Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cool?
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :XD:
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Pokey-Bunny Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Kids should get a lot of inexpensive gifts for the most part. But I won't begrudge a kid a pretty doll or an ipod or ds or whatever, as long as the parents can afford it.
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Aret Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
When I was a kid, I got tons of presents, but always age appropriate. I didn't get electronics until I was old enough to not destroy them. Mostly I got books and stuffed animals, the only two things I ever wanted anyway, and with the bonus of being fairly inexpensive. Which is why I got so much stuff, probably.
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DFX4509B Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Art supplies. Straight-up.
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Solaces Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Books and stuffed animals? Hell, that's still all I really want.:lmao:
Although money and chocolate work too...
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Aret Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Same. xD
My book collection is out of control, though it's somewhat better now that I have an ereader. Add some chocolate, fuzzy things and a gift card or too and i'm in heaven.
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HametsuNoCharge Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
from age 0 - 10 my parents gave me money for my B-day only I never saw any of that money because they put it in the bank to save up for me :iconwthplz:

....my other relatives though, were not crazy and realize this was a stupid present to give to a child who didn't give a shit so I also many fluffy things and much plastic to abuse the hell out of XD!
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CopaceticChaos Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I was a big stuffed animal fanatic when I was little, so I guess it never bothered me when all I ever got were clothes and stuffed animals.
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Libegon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Well, you should get your children more... appropriate toys. I'd like to say age-appropriate, but it really depends. Most of my handhelds still work, including the GBA I got when I was 5. Sure, I lost the back cover for the batteries, but even then I would have never had the idea to THROW it. Geez.
But I do have a personal example for children who have waaay too expensive toys for their age. My 5-year-old stepbrother has not only one 3DS, but two (one is from his mom, one from his dad), a DSi, a Wii and various other consoles. Although he doesn't throw them, I borrowed his 3DS once to test something, and it was covered with stains from food and whatnot! It was really gross. On top of that, he used my DSi once, and when I got it back, the touchpen was bent from him using too much force. That's not the most annoying thing about it (that would be that he thinks he knows everything about video games), but it does get on my nerves, especially when something doesn't work with the Wii and my dad says it's completely normal, that my stepbrother always gets fat and stuff on the discs and they won't run because of that.
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bitBEE Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
i think i Nintendo ds, with it being aimed at a younger market, is alright to give to a child. as long as the parents has taught the child to respect things.
but it annoys me when there is anyone younger than 12 with a fancy phone. no matter how much respect they have for the phone, its gonna brake. even with people my age, (17) they get broken
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LillytalonEpicness Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   Digital Artist
When I was around the age of 7, my parents had gotten me a Nintendo DS Lite for Christmas. It meant the world to me, and I wouldn't even let my friends use it! I cared for that thing, and guess what? Still have it, still works, and it still looks brand new! I once dropped it by accident, and started crying, believing I broke it! So, when my brother got around the same age, my parents got him a DSi XL, to see how responsible he'd be with it. Surprisingly, the only thing wrong with it is the amount of fingerprints all over it! Haha! I think it is mainly the parents fault if a kid doesn't take care of their gifts. I am a teenager, and I started crying over losing a cheep ring I got as a gift, while there are kids younger than me chucking around their iPhone's like the idiots they are...
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Abstract-Mindser Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Your statement makes me incredibly old. When I was 7, it was 1997.
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