I can't even remember one gift I got for my 12th birthday but I have vivid memories of what I did. My parents had some semi pro skaters that I am sure could use some spending cash stop by for a demonstration for me and my friends. All the gifts are long gone but my memories are still with me. This experience has influenced how I allocate funds on my kids. I am much more generous with funds for doing things than having things. I hope I leave my kids with a mind full of experiences rather than a closet full of stuff.