5 Ideas for Classmate Birthday Gifts
Does your child get invited to a lot of birthday parties? Do you panic at the thought of buying a gift for a child you don’t know very well?
To eliminate last minute trips to the store, I always try to have a few multipurpose gifts for kids on hand.
Here are my favorite options:
- Art Supplies. Since art supplies are consumable items, they always need replacing. Thus, they’re a safe bet for a kid you don’t know well. If you stock up on crayons, colored pencils and markers during the back to school sales, this is also a very budget-friendly gift idea.
- Science Kits. Science kits encourage kids to explore the world around them. I like to look for kits that explain concepts in a fun way, such as the kitchen science kit featured in this post.
- Board Games. Traditional games like Candyland, Chutes & Ladders, or Monopoly are always a good choice, but you can also look for newer family friendly games such Kwizniac.
- Outdoor Toys. With childhood obesity on the rise, anything you can do to encourage kids to get up and moving is a smart choice. Jump ropes, footballs, basketballs, hula hoops, squirt guns, or frisbees will be a hit with most kids.
- Book Store Gift Certificate. The best way to encourage a child to develop a love of reading is to allow him to choose books for his personal library. A $5 or $10 gift card to a nearby bookstore gives a child the thrill of shopping for a new book that fits his personal interests. If your town doesn’t have a bookstore nearby, the Scholastic book order forms your child’s teacher sends home often have an option for buying gift certificates.
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