The season is upon us: birthdays. For some reason birthdays come in groups for us. As my daughter gets older, I notice that birthday celebrations become more of a common event, sometimes even doubling up on weekends. I don’t know about you- but I cannot afford to spend $20 per kid or more. We are on a budget! I love all of my friends’ kid’s, but if I want to go to every party I have to come up with creative ways to give gifts. Another note: I don’t know about you, but after a while a ton of toys can get overwhelming. I mean, I know birthdays are meant to be fun, but when my daughter gets something useful or practical once in a while that she also like it is a win for us. I also have several friends who request no toys. What am I supposed to buy? Over the years I have racked my brain on useful and non-toy birthday gifts that most kids ages 3-10 will enjoy and use.
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My daughter loves getting cute little necklaces, stick-on earrings, headbands, cute hats, and purses. All of these cute little accessories are great because I usually do not want to spend a dime on these things. Another fun idea along the same lines is a jewelry box. Some cute ideas are Melissa & Doug Design-Your-Own Bracelets, or Enchantmints Ballet Heart Shape Music Box.
Sunglasses are an essential for summer, so these make a great gift. Plus, my daughter constantly loses her glasses. It is nice to have a couple! These adorable little glasses are perfect! RIVBOS RBK002 Rubber Flexible Kids Polarized Sunglasses Wayfarer Style Age 3-10 (Pink)
Beach towels or bathroom towels are another fun gift. My daughter loves having her “own” washcloths, bath towels, and beach towels. Another thing we don’t buy her, but when she gets as a gift she loves! Here is a cute Spiderman beach towel for only $12.99! Boy’s Spiderman Beach Towel-28Wx58L
We are an avid reading family, so books are amazing. I get really tired of reading my daughter the same books night after night. A good, age appropriate, book is always a WIN! Some of our family favorites are Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Goodnight Moon, or this fun laugh out loud jokes book for kids! Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
Reading is not our only activity- we also love to watch movies! Movies make a great gift because it is so nice to have a collection of entertainment for our kiddo. We love getting and recieving Disney and Pixar movies, PBS shows for toddlers, and family-friendly movies! Our current faves our Inside Out (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + Digital Copy) and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games
Active families will appreciate outdoor and sporting equipment. A soccer ball, outdoor game, or yoga mats all make awesome gifts for active kids! This is a great little first ball set! Toysmith Pro-Ball Set
My favorite gift was a Camelbak kids water bottle. Functional, and my daughter absolutely loves her water bottle. Plus, they are leak-free! CamelBak Kid’s Eddy Water Bottle, Gators, .4-Liter
Crafts are always a hit. They are great for kids’ fine motor skills and provide hours of good entertainment. Melissa and Doug make awesome craft kits, and new coloring books are always a hit! Spirograph sets are super fun! Spirograph Design Tin Set
Have a tiny baker on your hands? A culinary kid? Consider kitchen equipment! Cooking is a fantastic activity for kids that teaches them math and science, as well as essential skills for life. Sassafras Little Cook Children’s Kitchen Tools in Herb Pot Gift Set or The Disney Princess Cookbook are fun choices!
The gift of music is always wonderful. CD’s, music classes, or musical instruments are an awesome gift that provide entertainment as well as exercize the brain! Toddler Favorites CD or Melissa & Doug Band in a Box would be perfect!
What gift ideas do you have? Share with me!