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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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