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Old 02-04-2009, 11:12 AM

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Default ISO Birthday party gifts

I need some creative ideas. The kids have both been invited to birthday parties in the next two weeks, and the only reason that I am considering not allowing them to go is because we don't have any money to buy a birthday gift. We have already used up our "gift closet" stash on the birthdays the last two months. Now, there is nothing left.

Any ideas? I do not know these kids or families at all, and I would not be comfortable inviting them over for a playdate or something (and I personally think the parents would think that odd for a gift since we have never spoken). I also need this to be a real gift of some sort. I do not feel comfortable just having my kids make them a card. Please I need help.

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Old 02-04-2009, 11:19 AM
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You could go to the dollar store and find a frame or book , something that is thoughtful yet inexpensive. My family did that one year for Christmas and have all said that they were the most meaningful gifts that we have every received.
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:54 AM
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What about something like a movie basket or a bath what we do for Christmas? Just get one of those big tubs of micro popcorn and a $5 Blockbuster card with some big boxes of candy. For the bath one just go to the dollar store and get some cute bath stuff from there. My girls would love either of those!
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I had a time 2 years ago I was invited to a friends daughters bday party adn I was in grad school and broke. I made her somethign she LOVED--an art supply kit. I put in colored paper, a box of crayons, funny cutting scissors, stickers (these were all things I already had) and put in it a pretty box that came with a card set I bought. She LOVED it and I didn't spend a dime!
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:11 PM

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The dollar store is a great idea. You could probably get some art supplies there, or stuff for a movie basket. Are you sure there is nothing you can use at home that is either new or just like new? What ages are the birthday kids?boy or girl?
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:36 PM

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One boy and one girl age 9.
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Old 02-04-2009, 01:54 PM

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I know it sounds tacky...but any chance your kids have any unopened, unplayed with christmas or birthday presents that they're willing to give up?
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Thanks for the ideas ladies. I had to go to Michaels today for red and pink construction paper for Valentine's Day.

For the boy, I found a 3-D wooden dinosaur puzzle and a set of markers to color the puzzle (total 3.00)

For the girl, I found a Hannah Montana diary and Hannah Montana set of pens (total 2.00).

I really didn't want to spend anything, but I think we can probably handle $5.00 for both gifts. Although they aren't the best gifts in the world, but, at least, they aren't embarrassing.

I found some really really cute ideas online, but it would have involved driving around to several thrift stores, and by the time I drove around to find the materials, I probably would have spent who knows how much in gas. Since, I was at Michaels for a different reason, I figured this was the way to go.
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For the future, a girl would love a hand made bead bracelet. I don't know how your craft supply is, but we usually have things to make those. The boys are always hardest. But making a kit for, like, a bird house with the wood and nails you have on hand is something he might enjoy. Glad you were able to find inexpesive gifts though!

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Glad you found something, those sound cute!
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Those are great finds WTG!
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you did a great job. sounds like great presents to me.
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sounds like great gifts to me renee

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Sounds like you did a good job at Michael's.

Another idea would be a donation to a local children's charity or animal welfare league in the birthday child's name.
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Default good idea

I agree with the blockbuster giftcard. The family could use it to enjoy some time together and they can also pick what they like....maybe throw in a dollar store journal and pen if the kiddo is old enough. Thats always good for girls?
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Default How about a tooth fairy pillow?

I make some unique tooth fairy pillows by hand that I think make great gifts.


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