As lovely as it is for your children to be invited to share in their friend’s birthday parties, let’s be honest: choosing a present can be an absolute nightmare.
What type of toy does the child in question like?
What kind of present will their parents be happy for them to receive?
How much should you spend?
And arguably the most daunting prospect – how do you ensure that you don’t pick the same gift as another parent?
It’s a minefield! Choosing a present for your child’s friend shouldn’t be so difficult!
That being said, you can find memorable, unique and highly enjoyable birthday gifts for your children’s friends and even for your own kids, you just need to know how.
- Create a personalised storybook
If you are artistic or have a way with words, this is a great option for you. Simply write a story; it can be a good idea to feature the child’s family and friends, draw some basic illustrations, print out and bind.
You can buy these in most card shops or order them online, but it is the personal touch and the homemade element of this gift that makes it so special and unique.
Best for younger children and those on a tight budget
- Give a gift card
You may think that this is an easy option, and yes, it is, but it is also a really versatile one. For young children, you can get a gift card for a local toy or craft shop, because who wants five of the same action figures; for older children or teenagers, you can pick up a gift card for their favourite takeaway, for Spotify or even their own Netflix subscription.
Check out the wide range of gift cards, subscriptions and experience days at giftsvouchers.co.uk – there really is something for everyone.
Best for last-minute gift buying and children who seem to have everything
- Choose a nature set
There are very few children who don’t love playing in the mud, exploring the outdoors and discovering insects and local wildlife.
From DIY wormeries to butterfly houses to bug collecting kits, there are plenty of options available for you to choose from; plus, these gifts have the added benefit of being educational, which will definitely win you a few brownie points with some of the other parents.
Best for green-fingered families and parents who favour educational toys
- A box of dressing-up clothes
How many superhero or princess parties has your child been invited to over the years?
The chances are a fair few, and you may have noticed that nearly every boy is dressed as Spiderman and nearly every girl is either Elsa or Belle.
Therefore, you don’t want to be buying a run-of-the-mill dress-up costume. You need to think outside of the box. In fact, you need to create your very own box – a dressing-up box.
Scour local charity shops for costume jewellery, bags and hats, dig out old clothes and simply fill a big box with all of your findings. If you are feeling particularly creative, you can even decorate and personalise the box.
Best for artistic types and those with time to spare
- Contributions to a savings account
This may not seem an overly exciting gift for a child, but if you know that lots of children are coming to their party and that the child in question will be overwhelmed with gifts and definitely not notice one less toy, this can be a good idea.
Best for children of close family or friends