It comes with time really. You have children, those children begin growing up and then you hope and pray that your children will have wonderful friends. That also means, that when your prayers are answered and your children have wonderful friends, those friends will have birthday parties.
My kids can hardly contain their excitement when a birthday party invitation comes...and really, who can blame them.
With five kiddos I naturally started asking the question...how are we going to pay for all of these presents? There are a whole bunch of possible solutions to this one...you could make something homemade, put a few dollars in a card, purchase a gift, etc.
Sam and I recently decided that we wanted our kids to start using their spending money to buy birthday presents for their friends. We feel that they will really be invested in giving to others this way, which should make the gifts given mean that much more. However, because this is all new (and we like to test out our ideas) we decided that this year we would match whatever amount they wanted to put towards a birthday gift for a friend.
We will see just how creative they will be. :-)
I'm trying to help them as much as I can though and also teach them the power of making their money stretch...even beyond mom and dad paying for half (Ok, so I'm trying to make our money stretch too.) ;-)
I now have some GREAT deals for them to consider buying from our "gift tub".
Here's how it works...
Last week I bought some things at a stellar price.
Where you might ask?
Yep...Target (my second home.)
They say roaming Target can be bad...we also know how wonderful it can be, especially sans kiddos. I like to check Target often to check out clearances items but it definitely takes some will power to resist items that you haven't budgeted for.
Last week while browsing the art section I hit the jackpot. A ton of items were on clearance so I grabbed some fun things to add to our gift tub.
Art activities are great because most kids love to get creative and they work well for boys or girls. On this particular trip I purchased...
(2) Crayola Art Cases originally $24.99 each, on clearance for $7.48 each!
(1) Bongo Stencil Kit originally $17.99 each, on clearance for $5.38 each!
(1) Fabric Dye Kit originally $12.99 each, on clearance for $3.88 each!
(3) Ukulele Stencil Kit originally $17.99 each, on clearance for $5.38 each!
I also used my Target Red Debit Card to get an extra 5% off but I figured that almost wipes out the tax so I'll just quote my kids the red sticker prices when they are picking something out.
Now we have seven gift options in the gift tub that originally would have cost $134.93, that I paid $40.36 for, and in the end I will get half back from the kids so it comes to $20.18! Say what?!?
Over the weekend, our daughter picked out this ukulele to give to her friend. Since the clearance price was $5.38 that means that she payed me $2.69 out of her spending jar. She was thrilled to give such a fun gift that she could afford and I was reminded of how thankful I am for her wonderful friends.
How does your family tackle birthday party gift giving?