Birthday gifts

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United States
November 3, 2012 12:33am CST
As with most people these day, money is tight. My children have birthdays coming up (ages 15, 17 6) and I have no idea what to get them or how much to spend. I don't have mega bucks to spend on each child, especially with the holidays quickly approaching so I need to be thrifty but fair. I do make the birthday child dinner (his/her choice) and have a cake and ice cream and I know that they expect a present or two. what would be a fair amount to spend for presents?
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• United States
4 Nov 12
Gifts do not need to be expensive or new (vintage is cool ), and there is no reason why you couldn't do handmade gifts. Or you could choose an experience over things--a trip to a children's museum (for the youngest), going to a fun event, etc. You know your kids. What is it that they love? Art? Poetry? A particular book series or television show? Whatever you choose to give them or to do on their special days, make sure it speaks to who they really are. Give them the gift of showing that you really know and care about them--that you really do pay attention to what they say.
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• United States
4 Nov 12
Honestly, my 15 year old is the hardest person to please--she wants clothes (and she doesn't need any at all) that have those 'labels' in them and personally, I can't see paying $70 for a pair of jeans. I have tried the homemade gifts before and she doesn't like it because it is not store bought. And I have been told that I make beautiful crocheted items. My other 2 children love anything I give them, no matter if its store bought or homemade so I think I will take some of your ideas and incorporate something homemade into it--like a book with a handmade bookmark. thanks for responding!
• United States
4 Nov 12
Oh, I am a clothes horse, too. However, I'm also a thrift shopper... which is how I've managed some of my "labels." Between my environmental beliefs, spiritual views and generally anemic budget, I just can't justify $70+ on jeans either.
• United States
3 Nov 12
If you could send me the pouches I could make your daughter a koolaid purse and send it to you free. Look on my profile for the link to a few pictures. I am making a sling purse tomorrow. and that would be nice for a girl. you dd not say if you had a daughter or not though. pm me if you want this done..
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• United States
4 Nov 12
I took a look at your pictures and your Kool-Aid purses are darling!!! I will send you a pm :-D And yes, I do have 2 daughters, one 14 and one 6. My 6 year old would love it. Can't wait to see pictures of the sling purse :-D Thanks for responding :-D