I really don't mind buying a gift for a child's birthday, but I hate shelling out $1, $2 or even more for a card. Even the small 3"x3" gift cards are priced at $1.25 at Target.
While I was there, I looked for an alternative and found these!
The box contains 16 cards in a variety of colors for $5.99. They are blank inside and come in a multitude of colors that will work for both boys' and girls' gifts.
The way I see it, that's another buck or two that can be put toward the child's actual gift.
And speaking of parties, what is it with parents failing to respond to RSVP requests? At the party Kat went to last Saturday, the child's mother thanked me for letting her know in advance that Kat would attend; she said none of the other parents had responded. I heard similar things from parents at each of the other parties Kat's been to this year. Really, how difficult is it to make a quick phone call to say yea or nay?