birthday present spending limit

@r3sunz (17)
United States
August 31, 2007 3:22pm CST
I have three children so between them birthday parties for friends can add up. What do you usually spend on a present for a friend from your child's school? Nieces or nephews?
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@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
1 Sep 07
For friends I usually would say $10-$15...but I usually try to find a toy that was $10-$15 but is now on clearance. =) For nieces and nephews...I spend $20.00 usually. And we buy a couple of things with that $20.00. Or just give them money if they want it.
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• United States
2 Sep 07
The clearance idea is excellent! Walmart and Kmart do really great clearance specials, especially after major holidays. A few years back I went into a Kmart store a few days after Easter and they had marked down all their giant 15 to 20 inch stuffed Easter toys (ducks, rabbits, etc.) from $20 to less than $5.00 each. There were even a few toys that were $2.50 each. Craft stores and one dollar stores also carry a nice selection of children's toys and mini purses, craft projects (under $5.00--supplies included) etc. You might pick up a one dollar pink bucket and fill it with one dollar bath and body items for a girl or blue bucket with toys suited for a boy. You really don't have to spend a lot of money for the gift to be meaningful.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
1 Sep 07
It's a hard one, with our nieces & nephews it gets kind of hard coz everyone (including my daughter) has a birthday ranging from January to August so there's a birthday every month, plus other family members as well, so we try to keep those gifts to about $15 - it's especially hard in June as there is my daughter, plus twin nieces, so it can get a little costly - i also have to plan early for Xmas coz we have loads to buy for. I am yet to encounter the friend's birthday parties as my daughter is only 15 months old but i think if i can pick up a nice bargain for about $10 - $15 then that should be ok.
• United States
31 Aug 07
about 10-15 dollars max. My nieces and nephews 15-25 dollars thats pretty fair you usually can get a decent present for that amount
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• United States
31 Aug 07
I always buy the best I can afford, so I wont be thought of as a cheap skate! But I think 30-35 dollare is reasonable. I have a freind though who will base her spending limit on the last toy that was bought for her child. YOu buy cheap then so does she!!
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
31 Aug 07
I haven't had to deal with the whole friends birthday parties except for the kids of friends. For them I try to find something good that's on sale. I like to keep the cost from $5 to $20 depending on age. Older kids I spend a little more on. If I can do something unique, I try to do that. Or if I don't have a lot to spend on a younger kid, I'll get a bunch of little things and wrap them individually. One year I had about $5 to spend for a little girls birthday. So I got her a little slinky, some bubbles, a paddle ball set, a pack of balloons, some crayons and a coloring book and a few other little things at the dollar store. She was ecstatic. Mostly because she had a whole bunch of things to unwrap. When I was a kid, my mom used to sew and knit clothes for Barbie and Cabbage Patch Kids. So whenever one of us had a birthday party for a girl she asked if they had either of those toys. If they did, they got a couple of outfits. Since the clothes were made from fabric and yarn that were leftover from other projects it didn't really cost anything but a little time and the friends in question got outfits for their dolls that no one else would ever have.
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• United States
2 Sep 07
I have many neices and nephews so we usually do about $10.00 a piece but I try to shop early and sales and get the best deal I can for christmas and birthdays.
@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
1 Sep 07
10-20 :) It depends on how much we have. WIth five kids and many birthdays I can't afford to spend too much. I think it's the thought that counts.