Kids love birthday parties – having your best friends around, all that yummy food to eat, great games to play and all those wonderful gifts to open.
And yet, gifting a child with the perfect present can be quite a challenge for parents – how much should you spend, what should you buy and most importantly, will your child be happy with the gift idea.
Birthday Party Gifts For Kids
How Much Should You Spend
Buying gifts for kids can put quite a dent on your wallet. You can make a budget for the gift depending on how close the child celebrating his/her birthday is to you and your child.
Spend little on acquaintances like the child from the park or a new playmate. Homemade gifts are a good option or gift simple toys like card games, matchbox cars or miniature dolls that cost under $5. Here’s a great tip – look out for deals and, when you find a good one, stock up on birthday party gifts.
For classmates, keep a budget of $10 to buy play-doh sets, puzzles or small action figures. Increase the gift budget to about $15 for good friends and $20 for best buddies. You can get remote controlled vehicles, board games and sports accessories. And of course, family gets the highest budget – $25 for the cousins.
What Should You Buy
Here are some time-tested ideas that will make for unique birthday gifts – something that the child will enjoy and the parents will appreciate.
Seasonal Birthday Gifts
A summer birthday calls for a cool celebration. You can gift the child some pool toys, bath toys, squirt guns or bubble blowers. Summer is also the time for lots of outdoor sports – so gifts can range from a Frisbee to a soccer ball. If the birthday bash is set in winter, then supply the birthday child with fun indoor games like board games, craft supplies or construction blocks.
If the birthday party has a theme, then the hassle of selecting a gift is reduced. For a sports theme, you could buy the birthday boy some sports gear like a baseball mitt or a hockey stick.
If the theme is pink, you can buy the girl a pink stationary set or a pink dress. For a Barbie theme, you can get a new set of dress for the girl’s Barbie dolls or gift her with a Barbie coloring book.
Board Games And Puzzles
Games that make the child think are good educational gifts because they encourage problem solving while making learning fun. Smaller children enjoy large wooden puzzles, while older kids go for more complex puzzles like jigsaws.
There are many board games to choose from – counting, shape and color identification for younger kids; Scrabble, Monopoly or Life for older kids and Dora or Barbie board games for girls.
You can also choose board games that offer movie editions like adventure games based on the Indiana Jones movies or games that feature the birthday child’s favorite character.
Practical gifts are unique and will not only be liked by the birthday child, but will also be appreciated by his/her parents. Some practical birthday gift ideas include backpacks, school supplies or a new helmet for the bike.
Children love art supplies and can never get enough of it. If you have the budget, an easel makes for a great gift. More economical options include paint sets; a coloring set that includes crayons, felt pens, color pencils and glitter pens; or a stationary set that includes scissors, glue, stickers and construction paper.
Books are the best gifts and you are always spoilt for choice. Choose books that are age-appropriate – board books for younger kids, short stories for kindergartners and adventure stories for older children.
General knowledge books are also well liked; or you could choose specific books that the child will enjoy. For instance, a book on paper craft would be useful for a child who likes craft work or you could buy a word puzzle book for a child who likes solving puzzles.
Gifts made at home add a personal touch and becomes important, especially for a child, because it is more memorable. Homemade gifts tend to stand out from other toys and also are a less expensive way to give a great gift.
Some of the more popular homemade gifts include food like cakes and cupcakes. When you are preparing the cake, keep the birthday child in mind and design the cake to his liking.
For example, he may like a particular flavor like chocolate or pineapple. You can also add designs based on the birthday party theme. Redesign old photo frames and turn them into something that shows the style of the birthday child.
You can give vintage looks, girly colors and even add cool borders to your photo frames. You can make some simple toys like a set of sock animals or washcloth puppets.
All you have to do is browse the web for instructions on how to make these toys. For an older child, write a CD containing all his favorite songs. You can get your child to help out with this.
Kids find it cool to have things that are personalized with their names or initials. You can embellish the name or embroider a special design on sweaters, caps, scarves or sweat shirts.
You can even attach felt monograms to backpacks and photo albums. For girls, you can personalize jewelry by inscribing initials on a pendant or give her a locket with her picture in it. There are also various craft stores that also offer to make personalized clothing and jewelry.
Another great idea for a personalized gift is customized story books. You can order a storybook in which the birthday child and his friends become the central characters. Choose from an existing classic tale or make your own story. There are various stores online that offer these services at nominal rates.
Though a gift certificate might seem impersonal, it definitely scores really high when you put some thought into it. For instance, a child interested in art will love to receive a gift certificate for some art lessons; or a child would appreciate tickets to the latest popular movie or for a day at a theme park.