Thrifty Thursday – Other Kids’ Birthdays

Birthday parties are expensive enough, even when you’re not hosting. Besides the buying the gift, you often have to dress up. Superheroes, Spies and Alice in Wonderland are just a few themes we’ve had this year. Some costumes can be worn again, some can be fashioned out of other costumes. In the third picture, we took Moozles’ witch costume from Halloween, an old tiara, and a giant heart she coloured in, and we turned her into The Queen of Hearts.


My daughter is in Year One. With 30 people in her class, this equates to A WHOLE LOTTA birthday parties. We don’t get an invite to every birthday party, but we get many invites. Since September, Moozles has been to 12 parties, four of which have been joint birthday parties. That’s 16 gifts so far. This not include birthday gifts for the children of close friends and family. 

As a Stay-At-Home-Mum, I try to watch the pennies. I used to spend £10 per gift, but now keep that amount to £5-£8, depending on the child. But this means being organised. Once a month I go to TK Maxx and buy a few presents. TK Maxx are extremely good for jewellery-making kits, puzzles, yoyos, books and Lego. I used to buy gifts from Amazon, but I’m trying not to shop with them very often because of their non tax-paying ways. Also, Amazon aren’t that cheap as you would expect for toys and crafts. Supermarkets sometimes have special offers on toys so it can be worth checking from time to time. I also stock up from department stores during the big sales in the summer and after Christmas. Things like girls’ jewellery and pretty hair accessories are nice gifts as sometimes you can get bombarded with crafts and makeup (I’m not keen on the latter for my five-year old).

TK Maxx bargain!

I have re-gifted a few things as well, as Moozles got so many gifts for her last birthday that she never got around to opening everything. Also, I try to buy unisex wrapping paper, which can randomly be on special at your local supermarket. Sometimes I buy gift boxes and wrapping paper at pound shops. And I always have my daughter make the card. Not only is it cheap, but it is a fun little activity for your little one. How do you handle the costs of kids’ birthday parties?

And for more Thursday thriftiness, see Cold Tea & Smelly Nappies.

12 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday – Other Kids’ Birthdays

  1. We have had the same problem with birthday parties since H started school. There seems to be at least 2 parties a month so far! I luuurrrve TKMaxx but never thought about buying presents there, I’ll have to take a look next time I’m in. Thanks for sharing with #ThriftyThursday 🙂

  2. Love love love TK Maxx! Always such good bargains to be had… I agree that once they start school the parties get out of hand, and £10 is way too much per kid. The bead set looks fab :o) #ThriftyThursday

  3. I agree. Birthday parties can get out of hand. My son has shared with two friends for the last couple of years…but we say on the invite for guests who want to bring a gift, to just bring 1, and we will allocate out randomly between the boys.

    My daughter always makes the card and tag (some of those cards are £2-5-£3.50 each!) or we buy the £1 ones from M&S or similar. We also often make out own wrapping paper – wallpaper lining, that we decorate (also great for crafting), or brown craft paper that we print/stamp on.

  4. Awesome wrapping paper ideas, and will defo be checking out TX Maz once birthday season comes round – why is it all our friends seem to have kids with birthdays in the same month?! We make all our own cards so that saves a bomb. Great tips.Thanks!

  5. It is a great idea to stock up on presents throughout the year. If 2 of my kids have a party each month it can cause financial chaos if we don’t do similar and plan ahead.

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