5 Ideas for Classmate Birthday Gifts

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 by 1 Comment
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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at danahinders.com.

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  • http://momhomeguide.com/ Mom Home Guide

    These days, ITunes or Amazon gift certificates are always good, since many kids have Ipods and Kindles!

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