Does it feel like every time you turn around you’ve got yet another invitation to a birthday party? I believe it is important to attend the parties, as it shows kids the importance of friendships and doing things for others because it is important to that person.
While you may want to go, you may not be able to because of the additional cost for the gift. Trust me, you are not alone. It happens quite frequently.
I decided to ask parents what they do. So, I posted this question on our Facebook page. Here are tips from other parents – just like you!!
“Yard sales sometimes have brand new toys and such still in the package never been opened. (Like lil girl makeup sets, pack of Hot Wheels, etc).
Sometimes the clearance section at Walmart is great (occasionally the items are lower than the price it says, just scan what you get here and there and see!) Otherwise, If it’s summer or winter I go to the dollar tree (all for one store) to make up a fun basket if all else fails.
I like to promote outdoor play during the summer so I make up a nice gift bag of chalk, water guns, bug catchers, glow sticks, bubbles, notepad, pretend dress up stuff. If winter I pick up things from there that they can do inside like coloring books, activity books, reading books, puzzles, board games, dress up, crafts (they have easy ones that require no glue or scissors, a parents dream at times).” – Lauren B.
“Target toy clearance twice a year. Then I always have a gift ready to go.” – Janna F.
“I buy clearance at Christmas time from their gift sets.” – Amber G-C.
“Hit Amazon, usually get some good deals there. Stick to childhood staples (coloring books, bubbles, things like that).” – Katie S.
“50% off coupons used at Joann’s! Play dough, art supplies, Melissa and Doug, dress up, puzzles etc. Awesome place, great savings!.” – Nicola Z.
“Gift cards to dairy queen, family video, five below etc..” – Ami C.
“Target bins, clearance section.” – Nicki B.
These are all great ways to save not only money, but your time. If you happen to find a great deal on a toy at Walmart, you could pick up two of them. Then, set them back and the next time the invitation arrives, you’ve got something handy to give a a gift!
Before you go, make sure that you check out these helpful tips: