Tacky or Helpful? Kids' Birthday Gift Registries Are New Party Trend

Boutique stores like "Stoopher and Boots" keep index cards of children's requests, while mega retailers offer wish list programs.
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You're alma mater. Good luck to her. Gift regtre industries for kid's birthday parties. A new trend. ABC has the story. Reporter: Gift registries, we're used to them for things like weddings just like in the movie "27 dresses". All I'm saying this isn't just stuff. But now they're becoming popular at a completely different kind of event. I like that one with the X. Okay. Just ask this woman mother of 10-year-old anab who is figuring out what she wants for her big day at New York City toy store. These are awesome. Anab one of the kids who comes into the store and writes their birthday wish list on index cards. What does she want. So we tell them this is where you should go. They appreciate it because they don't know what to do. The owner keeps these index cards on file so family and friends can use them as a shopping guide. It's pretty popular. I would say that we have probably about 100 cards on file. Want to update your birthday list? Yeah. It's not just small shops offering this service, now mega retailers like Amazon and toys"r"us are also using wish list programs. When I use the registry I get more of the gifts I would like. Working mom of three uses online registries for her children. Their lives are so hectic and anything that can save us a bit of time we're all in for. But not all parents think this is such a good idea. Some taking to social media writing, it's crass and in poor taste and whatever happened to you get what you get and don't get upset. Kids can become greedier and more entitled. You want to make sure a child is grateful for whatever comes their way. Parenting expert Dr. Karen Gordon is back. I think I telegraphed what I thought about this. What's your take? I love the fact we're celebrating and parents are -- I think it's great for family call chirs and bonding. I get why parents are liking it. Saves a lot of time. Kids aren't getting repeat gifts or running on crazy. Doing all the refunds. My concern kind of what the expert was saying is that we are living in an age of overendulgence. If we get our children what they want to avoid disappointment we're putting them at risk of having entitlement. I remember over Christmas my daughter went on Amazon and said here's my list and it felt wrong. There's some skills here that are kind of being missed and one of them is actually the life lesson of gift-giving. You know, choosing a gift for somebody requires a lot. It's a skill-set. There's husbands and wives going oh, my gosh we don't know how to do it. You have to think about the person and conversations. What do they like or don't they like. That is a skill that my concern is again with this, it's being lost. And if parents do feel this is the right move for their child, what kind of tips do you give them? Make sure you put a limit to it. Instead of having $50 gifts limit it to $25. Make sure it's not on the invitation. Kind of like word of mouth and I have twin that is are 7. One of our boys did this. The parent did something like this but had one gift about $100 Jersey and asked all the parents if you want you can put $5 to $10 towards it. One gift smaller that was very affordable versus like 30 figifts. A little bit closer to the gratitude side. Thanks very much. Let's go to Lara.

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