Looking for frugal kid’s birthday party gift ideas? Here you’ll find gift ideas along with tips and tricks for saving money on kid’s gifts.
There’s a certain age range (the preschool to early primary school years) when kids get invited to a LOT of birthday parties.
And if you have more than one child in the birthday party stage, that can add up to a lot of parties and a lot of presents.
When you step into the birthday party stage, it’s time to create a new budget category: kid’s birthday party gifts.
While these are fun times for your children, birthday gifts can really add up. It’s not unusual to be invited to multiple parties on a single weekend when your kids are in their early primary years.
And kid’s birthday gift giving can be a tricky thing: you’re trying to balance keeping your spending down while still buying something nice and not cheap and plastic-y!
So below are some tips that I found useful for saving money on kid’s birthday gifts during the early party years.
Tips for Saving Money on Kid’s Birthday Presents
At the end of the day, it’s not about the gift. A small token gift is fine. One year my son received a clipboard for his birthday and it’s probably his most used gift he’s ever received. Kids are just happy to have their classmates come to have fun with them.
Here’s how to save money on gifts.
Create a Gift Stash
A gift stash helps you avoid last-minute dashes to the shops for gifts. When you get a party invite, you can simply shop from your cupboard from gifts you’ve already purchased.
To create a gift stash, consider your children’s age and the parties that they may be invited to during the upcoming year. Then buy or make one or two items for your gift stash every few weeks to fill out your stash.
For more information on gift stashes, check out: Save Time, Money and Sanity with a Gift Stash
Stock up During Sales
When building your gift stash, it pays to stock up when things are on sale or discounted.
Check out the discount bins at places like Spotlight and Kmart for mark-down craft kids, books, sports goods, toys and games.
Inexpensive Kid’s Birthday Gift Ideas
Some inexpensive but ‘evergreen’ gift ideas include:
- card games
- stickers/sticker books
- activity kits/books (you could make these yourself – I once gave a card making kit as a gift that I’d made up from bits and bobs from my own card making supplies)
- colouring books
- art supplies (like crayons, pencils, paints etc.; you can tailor these to the age)
- writing journals/diaries
- craft kids
- matchbox cars
- travel games
- playdough accessories
- dolls clothes/accessories
- balls or other sporting paraphernalia
For more frugal gift ideas check out: 100 Free and Almost Free Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas for Kids that Aren’t Cheap and Nasty.
Frugal Kid’s Gifts You Can Make
You don’t need to spend a fortune on kid’s birthday party gifts! Kids get soooo much that something small and useful is enough. Kids just want to hang out and have fun at parties anyway.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.