Today’s post is a special guest post from Peter Minkoff! He was kind enough to talk to us today about saving money on your child’s birthday gifts, and I think these tips will really help. Allison’s birthday is coming up in 3 months (WHAT???) so I definitely need these tips! Make sure to show Peter some love on Twitter!
If your kid’s birthday party is approaching, it’s highly likely that you’re already freaking out because finding a perfect gift can be a real budget buster. It’s definitely not easy to find a balance between quality and price. However, it’s not impossible! Stay with us and learn how to save some money on kids’ birthday gifts.
Plan on your budget and stick to it
When it comes to your kids’ birthday gifts and party in general, it’s important that you make a plan on how much money you really can spend and to stick to it. It’s understandable that you want to provide everything for them, or even to spoil them a little bit. However, that must not be your only priority. Your savings goals may be compromised if you decide to overspend for their special day, so make sure that doesn’t happen.
Stock up in advance
Stocking up on gifts in advance may be your huge advantage, especially if you are one of those people who has to run to the store every time you get a birthday party invitation. This can be pretty exhausting, especially if you have a big family. It can sometimes feel like not a single month can pass without someone celebrating their birthday. If this is the case, you may want to buy a bunch of presents in advance and just to hand them out when the time comes. You may get a bulk discount as well, which is another way of saving some cash!
Know what your kids want
Knowing exactly what your kids want will make it much easier for you, as long as those wishes are realistic. Some of the most common gifts include Legos, Barbie dolls, superhero figurines, puzzles, colouring books, crayons, stickers, DVDs and books. One thing is certain – you can never go wrong with these! However, you can actually save some money when you know precisely what your little ones want. You won’t have to return the unwanted toys back to the store and to replace them with something else, which will make those extra dollars stay safe in your pocket!
Instead of purchasing expensive sets of toys, you can always come up with a DIY project that will blow your kids’ minds with its uniqueness. You can also include them into the whole process, which will make the children feel special and get thrilled once everything is done. Just get a few bottles of paint, some paintbrushes, as well as wooden magnets in different shapes, and voila – that is a perfect pre-birthday activity that will keep them excited for hours. They will be proud of their skills and the final product, while you will save a good deal of money.
Find some good deals
With a bunch of kids around, birthday costs can quickly add up, which is one more reason for you to find some good deals and keep your budget in order. One way to do that is shopping online, where you can find some unique and quirky gifts at very affordable prices. You can even search for coupons or discounts of any kind which will help you save even more. Warehouse sales can also be a good option, too, and these will make you realise that you don’t have to pay a fortune in order for your kids to be happy with their birthday gifts.
As you can see, there are many ways to save some extra dollars while shopping for your kids’ perfect birthday gifts. Needless to say, it’s essential that you take their personal interests and wishes into account, because that will make them feel special. After all, it’s not about the amount of money you spend – but about love and attention. Make sure your kids think that way, too!