Katy store offering 'Birthday Buckets': a gift registry for kids

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by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 1:51 PM

KATY, Texas –- Gift registries aren’t just for weddings or baby showers anymore. One store, Learning Express, is among many now offering registries for children’s birthday parties.

Jeremy Crabtree, 7, is an old pro when it comes to building a birthday bucket at Learning Express.

The neighborhood toy store offers a birthday registry of sorts in the form of a birthday bucket. Kids are encouraged to fill it with toys and games they want to receive as presents.  The store then displays the bucket and keeps a list for customers to reference.

“They want to bring something the child’s going to be excited about,” says mother Dawn Crabtree. “No one wants to be the one person who brings the gift and the child’s like, ‘I have this already’ and chunk it over.”

But it’s a fine line between tasteful and tacky when it comes to a birthday bucket -- a child announcing what they want as a gift.

“We talk about that,” says mom Carrie Delarosa. “I ask, ‘is it really fair to ask your friend to spend $100 on a bike?’ or whatever.”

A couple of years in, Carrie says she and her daughter Mayson are just giving guests exactly what they want -- a reference.

On the web: http://katy.learningexpresstoys.com

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