When do you open the birthday presents? The trend today is to not open birthday gifts until later, after the party is over, or to wait until the end of the party.
Opening gifts used to be part of the entertainment at a birthday party or wedding or shower, but more and more people are opting to wait until after the party to open the gifts.
There are several reasons why there’s a trend to not open gifts until later, here are just a few:
1. Saves Aunt Bessie, and Aunt Jean embarrassment if they both purchased the exact same gift.
2. Leaves more time for other party activities, like food, games, and just socializing and hanging out.
3. Gifts can’t be compared to each other, smaller gifts may be just as special as grander gifts.
4. It’s a hectic time for the birthday child, or guest of honor. They don’t have as much time to enjoy each gift as they open it, without pressure to get the gift opening done so party goers can move on to something else.
If you don’t plan to open your gifts at the party, state that on the invitation so party guests won’t be disappointed, or ask them to omit gifts completely.
Don’t forget to send out those thank you cards!