How to Save Money on Gifts For Children
Our ideas to help you find the perfect gift without spending a lot of money
Shopping for children is usually a nightmare and nice presents such as toys or clothes, tend to be extremely pricey. However, you can avoid all that hassle and use our tips to save yourself some money and still come up with the perfect present.
1. Use coupons
Coupons are a great way to reduce prices on toys, clothes, kids bikes and other fun things that your children will love. Many children stores accept coupons, so all you need to do is do some research on where you can use them.
2. Go for Ebay
Buying items online can often be much cheaper than doing it in stores. In addition to receiving your shopping at the door of your home without having to go to different stores and lose an afternoon in search of the perfect gift, you can compare prices and purchase your gift in the most convenient location. Try using Ebay, where you can buy new or second-hand gifts in perfect condition.
3. Shop at flea markets or charity shops
There are many people who sell children's toys second-hand. Try going to the flea markets in your city or charity shops where you'll find all kinds toys from stuffed animals to board games.
You will often find things in good condition, but before buying make sure that the toy works well and nothing is missing from it. Remember to bring batteries: if the toy does not work and the shop wants to sell it with the excuse that they need a battery change, it is always best to check this, so you’re not unpleasantly surprised back home.
4. Revive toys
If you are looking for a gift for a friend’s child and your kids have tons of toys that they don’t need anymore, you can always use them as a present. Of course, make sure that they are in a good condition and suitable for the child you’re giving them to. If you are not fond of the idea, you can always sell those toys and use the money to buy another gift.
If you have ever received a DIY gift, you would know that they are one of the most precious you can have. Well, a child might not think that way but it would still be a gift, a fun experience for you and a laughing matter for you and other friends mothers.
This doesn’t have to require a lot of skill, it can be as simple as a card even. If you’re looking for a present for your child, you can also tell them that you’re building it together, so you would have fun and spend time with each other.
6. Plan a day outdoors
Not all gifts have to be physical objects. When planning an event, you will be giving your child wonderful memories of their birthday, rather than a toy that they would break or lose soon enough.
If you’re not fond of the regular birthday party idea, you can go adventurous and organize a one day camp, where you can also teach the kids how to open a tent or make a fire and other fun stuff that would leave them in awe. Amusement parks are also a good option, depending on the age of the child.
7. Buy a group gift
Sometimes on a limited budget, it is better to combine your financial resources with others, in order to be able to buy a nicer and bigger present. Maybe the birthday boy/girl has been dreaming of something bigger for the past few months?
If so, talk to other members of your family, or people that would attend the birthday party and ask them to collaborate in buying the present. At the end, you’ll end up with a happier child and a fuller wallet.