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Frugal Fun: Kid Birthday Gift

Let's say you're a 6-year-old girl, and it's your birthday. How would you feel receiving this gift? When I was six, my creative wheels would be spinning and I would be so excited to sit down and draw and create, and WOW–it even has my name on it!

This is a $6 birthday gift, actually $1 over my usual budget for kid birthday gifts, but I explain why below. Do you want to make one too? Here's how:

1. Find a great deal on art supplies. I bought these Crayola goodies at Toys R Us in December when they were Buy One, Get Two Free, so I paid only $5 for all three items. I stuck a bunch in my gift closet waiting for the next invitation to a classmate's birthday party. Target just had a BOGO sale on Crayola, or you can wait until the back-to-school sales in August.

2. Next, you need a cute container. I didn't have a better bargain, so I got this at the Dollar Store. Since then, I have picked up even cheaper (i.e. free) containers with CVS ExtraBucks. I am a huge fan of toys that include their own storage, so I don't like giving a gift of small parts without a way to organize it. I used some leftover scrapbooking stickers to spell out the name.

3. Find some other freebies you have lying around the house–in this case, a pencil box that was FREE at Staples last fall, some scrapbooking stickers, and a few pretty pencils.

4. Put a little tissue paper (recycled from the last round of gift bag gifts) in the bottom, then fill the container with your goodies. Make a birthday card with the usual construction paper and voila. Great kid birthday gift!

When we were done, my son whined, “I wish it was my birthday, I want one of these for me!”

What frugal kid birthday gifts have you given or received? Next Monday, I'm hosting a Mr. Linky here at Moneywise Moms where you can link up your posts showing your frugal kid gifts. Get those cameras out, and let's get creative with $5 or less!

Jenny Beth @ JenuineJen

Sunday 23rd of August 2009

I have made several birthday presents like this. They are affordable and versatile.

Your Frugal Friend, Niki

Tuesday 12th of May 2009

@ Holly...for a 1 year old I would give a book bi with board books (found at Dollar Tree or bargain racks at bookstores).

There's nothing like helping a kiddo build his or her own first library.


Your Frugal Friend, Niki

Tuesday 12th of May 2009

Great idea...my own son has a craft bin (and a cutting bin with kids scissors and such) and adores it.

Kids sure do love little "kits".


Friday 24th of April 2009

What a great idea! Thanks for this suggestion!


Tuesday 21st of April 2009

What type of gifts do you suggest for a 1 year old?