Appropriate amount to spend for 4 yo birthday gift
I'm sorry if this is a repeat question -- I looked through the archives but the most recent answer I saw was from 2013.
What is an appropriate amount to spend on a gift for a 4 yo? Is it still $10-15 for someone you don't know as well and perhaps more for someone you know more like $15-20. This is what the archives suggest. My friend in Chicago says $15-20 is standard and possibly more in California! Really!! For a 4 yo?
I'm one that doesn't believe more is better but I just don't know what is "appropriate". Up until now, almost all the 4 yo parties we have attended have requested "no gifts please" and this is the first time we've been invited to a party where this is not stated so I assume a gift is in order.
Also because I don't know what kids have in terms of toys and what they like etc., I like to purchase "experiences" such as a gift certificate to a local ice cream shop. Is that appropriate?