T.H. asks from Spencerport, NY on August 17, 2009
Great Birthday Gift Ideas
Hi! Does anyone have some great birthday gift ideas for 6 yr olds (girls and boys)that won't cost a fortune? My daughter has been invited to several birthday parties in the next couple of weeks and it is getting expensive!! The most important thing is for her to have fun and celebrate w/ her friends, but I can't afford $15 - $20 a gift like we've done in the past. If we can't make a party, we still send a gift....is that what everyone else does, too? How do you handle that? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I sew well and would love to make something, but want to make sure I have a good idea before I put the time into it. Thank you in advance...I really appreciate your help w/ this!
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M.H. answers from Denver on August 17, 2009
A.C. answers from New York on August 17, 2009
Try Marshalls or TJ Maxx, they have great toy selections at at a discount.
A.H. answers from New York on August 18, 2009
usually if it's a friend from school.. and we can't make it.. i don't send a gift.. unless it's a really good friend.. then something small like a beanie baby or webkinz animal.. ... they are fun.. inexpensive.. and for a girl you can attach a $5 gift card to clares.. I have bought just a gift card to clares for girls and for boys to target.. kids love to pick something up for themselves. If i say my daughter will be at a party and gets sick the day of or the day before.. then I do drop the gift off.. She was just asked to a party and we bought 2 cards.. $5 each.. one for target, one for clares and one for borders books.. put it in a little purse we picked up at the dollar store with a lip gloss.. and we have a gift that cost about 18 dollars... and the kids love it. she went to a boy party.. we did a similar gift.. bought the cards.. just not clares..we substituted with game stop.. and we taped them on a can of silly string from the dollar store.. it was a hit.. have fun..
M.C. answers from New York on August 17, 2009
What I've done is get some crayons & some coloring books for that age group & maybe a little extra something. Then I wrap them individually. I did this just recently because money is tight & my sons were invited to three birthday parties two weeks in a row. Also if you can sew maybe make a pillow case & either monogram it for the child or maybe make a fleece blanket. If not a fleece blanket then maybe a mini quilt for a girl. Then it can become like a keepsake when they are older. I hope this helps.
D.D. answers from New York on August 18, 2009
Target, TJ Maxx or Marshalls all have a great section of marked down toys and interesting items. My daughter has been unable to attend a few parties due to conflicting schedules and I do not feel obliged to send a gift if she can not make it. My opinion is if she will not be there taking up a seat, eating food, etc. and I have RSVP'd in a timely fashion I am not obligated. I think with the tight money situations all over the world right now other parents would understand.