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Cards For Kids: A Total Waste or An Unexpected Gift?

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I have never been a huge fan of buying kids cards. I honestly felt like buying cards for kids wasn’t a good investment… until I had kids of my own. As a military family we have lived at least 12 hours from home, which meant mail from Nana and Papa, Grammy, or Aunt Krystle and Uncle Jimmy was always a big deal. That did change my perspective somewhat because my kids loved it when family members would send a card. As far as my opinion on purchasing cards for my own children or for birthday parties, it still felt like wasted money.

Yesterday, I had to run to Walmart to purchase a birthday gift for our best friend’s son. This kid is all superhero, all the time. I have never met a kid that loves superheroes as much as J. I already had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to get him, so I headed straight for the toy section, when I spotted this:

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Superhero cards, that unfold into  jumbo posters! This card could not have been more perfect for J. Not only does he love superheros, but he LOVES Capitan America! I don’t like buying cards for kids because it’s usually $3-$5 that gets tossed in the trash, but this card doubles as a gift, so I couldn’t pass it up!

I haven’t been card shopping in a while, so I decided to browse the section to see if there were any other awesome cards like this, and I was really surprised. Cards have changed a lot! Hallmark sells poster cards as well as cards that have bracelets attached, stickers, and small toys. I’m thinking I need to give the card makers a little more credit, because clearly they see the value in adding something special to the kids cards.

I was super excited about giving this card to J, but I wasn’t sure he would appreciate it quite as much as I did. Take a look at his reaction to opening his card:

He was thrilled with this card. You can see in the first couple of pictures that he’s like “oh okay, it’s a card, and then he’s like “What?! This is awesome! He LOVED the poster, and I loved making him smile.

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J has to be the most well-behaved child I have ever met. He has been raised most of his life by a single dad (our best friend) and you can tell his dad invests so much into raising him. He’s polite, well spoken, and so much fun to be around. I had so much fun planning a mini birthday party for him.

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I purchased a few different superhero toys and made these super fun Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cupcakes, which he also loved. I loved his reaction to his card, his gifts, and the party itself. He kept walking around telling all of my kids that he was special because we had a party for him. He would walk up to me and say “I’m special because you had a birthday party, right Mrs. Shasta? How sweet is that, and I am honored to be a part of this little man’s life.

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He is indeed one special little boy, and I love him to pieces!

 

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