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pretend for a second that you're an anti-materialistic family on a limited, single-income budget. You value simplicity and financial responsibility.

You splurge and order your daughter a really nice dollhouse for her birthday, but the cheap online store you picked turns out to be a fraud. So you buy her a bicycle instead, because she really needs one and you want to give her one big present on her birthday.

Then the week after her birthday, the cheap online store surprises you and ships the dollhouse, just when you're about to demand the refund because you haven't heard from them in three weeks.

What do you do with the dollhouse?

Give it to her as a late gift, she gets two big presents this year yay!
Don't tell her! Hide it in the basement until Christmas



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Jun. 10th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Has she been asking for a dollhouse specifically? Did she know it was coming at all? If yes, then I'd change my answer to give now. If not, then my answer stays at wait.
Jun. 10th, 2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
I like this answer!
Jun. 10th, 2014 06:06 pm (UTC)
she didn't know it was coming... I never tell her about the future AT ALL because she doesn't handle change well, lol. we can be on our way to a restaurant and I say it's a surprise just in case they're closed!
Jun. 10th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'd hide it, except that doesn't work in our house anymore...so hide it better than I do.
Jun. 10th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
Your christmas shopping for her is now done!

(I have done similar things in similar situations, and they worked out.)
Jun. 11th, 2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
Your christmas shopping for her is now done!

my thought exactly when i read the poll! LOL
Jun. 10th, 2014 04:59 pm (UTC)
I did a similar thing, except the two events were reversed. I ordered three items from Amazon.com (but third party..) for Erika's Christmas presents. Two of them showed up on time, the third was late. I hid the third for four months and gave it to her for her 4th birthday.
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Jun. 12th, 2014 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I love this answer.
Jun. 11th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
If I were ME I would do the first thing realistically. But if I was "an anti-materialistic family on a limited, single-income budget" I would do the second thing.

Other factors: how disappointed was she about not getting the dollhouse for her birthday? How likely is it she will still really want it at Christmas?
Jun. 11th, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
My first thought: Will she find it in the basement?

If you think she won't and that she will still be interested in it by Christmas, then I would save it.

Another possibility (depending on how expensive it was, how durable it is, if you think she will outgrow it, etc.) give it to her school for all the kids to use.
Jun. 11th, 2014 11:15 am (UTC)
We are not limited budget, but I would also save the dollhouse for later. I think it's a mistake to give a kid too many gifts at once.
Jun. 11th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
I actually *have* presents in my basement for "some future holiday": a pop-up Ikea play tent, more train track for the set, dollar store stuff I couldn't resist in February, craft supplies for a rainy day, a secondhand wind-up record player that her hands aren't dextrous enough to operate yet... It's a continuously evolving collection.
Jun. 12th, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
I would give it to her, just getting a gift because, no reason is awesome, we all need to just get something because, and kids don't worry as much as we do. I give my nephews random gifts, and I got random gifts growing up, mainly because my parents had a windfall or aunts saw something, it was always loved and I never thought about it much.
Jun. 12th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
From a purely mathematical standpoint, what does the integral of the enjoyment over time for the toy look like?

If the integral of enjoyment over time is the same regardless of time given, then you'll save money by keeping it in the basement.

However, if say, the enjoyment curve is abruptly truncated at the age of 10 (when do people lose interest in dollhouses?) and the value of enjoyment is 6 months prior to the age of 10 is less than the money you'd save by leaving the dollhouse for Christmas, than you should give it to her.

Basically, she gets an extra 6 months of enjoyment if you give it to her now, but that might not matter if interest in the toy drops off identically at t=now and t=now+6months.
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