Keeping Costs Down on Birthday Gifts

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November 23, 2014 by 2princessees

My daughter is in kindergarten this year, so it’s the first year of getting invited to birthday parties of kids we don’t really know that well. It’s easy to buy a gift for someone you know, and you don’t mind spending a little more on those special friends. What about those all the other parties? You want to get the birthday kid something they will like and use, but you don’t have a ton of money to spend. I’ve come up with a few pointers for picking out gifts that kids will love won’t break the bank.

1. Think about what your kid likes. What would you use as a small gift for your own child? If your kid had $5 to buy anything, what would she buy? Likely, other kids their age would be interested in the same things.

2. Have your kid talk to their friend about what they like. What’s their favorite color? What kind of toys do they like? What kind of candy do they like? We were recently invited to a boys birthday party, and we had no idea what to do. Big E found out that he likes Ninja Turtles and Army people. At least it was a starting point! We ended up at the Dollar Spot at Target and got a Ninja Turtle coloring book, stickers, and a splat ball. It was less than $5 for a great little gift!

3. Make something! I make non-slip headbands for Princess Ee’s, so I made a school colors headband for one friends birthday. In this case, the colors were purple and gold. Purple nail polish, a purple light up ring, glow sticks, a sucker,a wind-up toy, and a card printed at home all went into the bag to stick with the theme.

4. Stock up when you see things on clearance. That Dollar Spot at Target rotates out every couple of months, and if you catch it on the right day the items are only $0.50! If you have a little stash of things, you don’t have to run to the store every time you get invited to a party. This can save time and money. We always have things sitting around to give our own kids prizes (like when they fill up their marble jar for good behavior). ¬†Some classic frugal gifts for kids of all ages are coloring books, crayons, stickers, legos, hot wheels, balls, barbies, puzzles, and sketch pads.

5. I love when my kids get consumable things like craft kits, play-doh, or sidewalk chalk. Once they are gone and used up, they aren’t in your house anymore! An outdoor fun basket with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and a box of popsicles is a gift my kids would love!

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What frugal ideas for birthday gifts do you have?

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