Let’s say your son attends preschool and there are 18 children in his class. Every child has a birthday, and most of them have birthday parties. Within 12 months, your child could potentially be invited to 17 birthday parties, and you could be spending lots of money on gifts.
Let’s say your son attends preschool and there are 18 children in his class. Most children have birthday parties. Within 12 months, your child could potentially be invited to 17 birthday parties, and you could be spending lots of money on gifts. We asked readers and hit local stores to find the best bets for gift-buying that won’t break your budget. Here’s some of the most popular items with a price tag of less than $20.
Arts and crafts: Look for sales and stock up on gifts
- Art Set includes markers, crayons, paints and more. Available at art and craft stores for $5 to 12.
- Perler Beads is popular kit that allows kids as young as 3 to create cool patterns and shapes. Kits range from $5 to $20.
- Wood model kits. Kids can build and paint airplanes, trains and cars. Real simple kits are $2 to $10.
- Playdough is a classic gift. You could go basic or purchase the Meal Makin’ Kitchen full of gadgets for $14.99.
- Custom coloring books. Parents supply photographs of their children, family, friends and Benjamin McKnight of Marblehead Vintage Photography turns them into a 20-page, spiral bound coloring book. They cost $13.95. For more information, visit www.marbleheadvintagephotography.com.
- Puzzles range in theme and price from $5 to $20.
- Board games such as Monopoly Junior Diseny, Memory, Operation, Twister can be purchased for $12 and less.
- Classic card games such as Uno are usually less than $5.
- Pocket Play Travel Games. Choose from checkers, chess, cribbage, tangram, pentominoes and reverse for $9.99.
- Kites comes in all shapes and sizes for $3 to $15.
- Sidewalk chalk. Try the cool Rainbow rake for $9.99
- Bubbles. Keep it simple or go for the big bubbler for less than $12.
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For the Girls
- Any type of hair accessory or dress-up clothes is a hit with girls.
- Groovy Girls are posh playmates with funky outfits and awesome accessories- they’re inexpensive and soft.
- Disney princess dresses can be purchased for less than $12.
- Webkinz, the stuffed animal that comes alive online in Webkinz World, can be purchased for about $12.
For the Boys
- Action figures such as Spider-Man or Superman and Star Wars figures are generally priced less than $10.
- Matchbox cars can be purchased for as little as $1 each.
- Baseball cards. You can buy a set for a whole team for less than $10.
Other Cool Stuff
- A colorful betta fish, otherwise know as a Siamese fighting fish. You can buy the fish (the males are showier), bowl and food for less than $10 at places like Petco. It's a fun and inexpensive gift for either a girl or boy.”
- Themed lunch boxes or sacks. Toss in a few treats, and it’s still less than $15.
- Glow in the dark solar system adhesives (there’s other themes, too). Available for $5.
- Posters of a favorite Disney character or the latest movie can be found for less than $5.
- Flashlights! You can buy a flashlight kit consisting of two flashlights, one medium size, one small, for $5.
- Learning Express personalizes plastic water bottles for less than $5. Mom Angel Morse says it’s a big hit with her kids and the bottles are really handy during trips to the beach or at the soccer game.
- Book kit at Target for $12.99. A child can create their own stories. There are plenty of stickers in it, too.
- Clean-up kits. Put together a fun bathroom kit of themed toothpaste, electric toothbrush and comb or brush.