The British summer isn’t always reliable when it comes to the weather, but one thing you can count on is a run of summer birthday parties. These also multiply depending on the number of kids you have. If your family’s social calendar is quickly filling up this summer, you’ll need to find gifts that won’t break the bank! Here are a few thrifty gift ideas for kid’s parties this summer.
Arts and Crafts
If there’s one thing that all kids love, it’s art and craft supplies. Putting together a creative kit can be fun for your child too. You can pick up a pretty good haul at Poundland and the like, while keeping your total tab under a fiver. Although the selection may vary depending on seasonal availability, they’ve got everything from colour-in placemats to make-your-own puppet sets along with a full selection of crayons, pencils, and paints.
A lot of families plan their big holidays during the summer months. If you know that your child’s friend is going away for a road trip or further abroad you can give a travel-themed gift. Something small like a personalized travel pillow, car-friendly jigsaw, or set of magnetic travel games can benefit both the child and their parents! Something like a Ludo napkin game from www.gifts.co.uk is super portable and can save the day when you’re stuck waiting for a flight.
Summer’s a great time for kids to read just for fun, without having to stick to school reading lists. Take advantage of this to encourage your child to give their friends some of their own favourites. This time of year often yields great discounts at book and toy shops alike, with the holidays still months away. Look at the clearance rack and you should be able to find a book or two that fits firmly in your budget.
Finally, get crafty with your kids in the kitchen and whip up some homemade treats to give away at summer fetes. If you have a garden at home you can use seasonal flavours to make jam, or you can opt to make fresh tasting lemon bars, honey sticks, or flavoured popcorn.
Search the racks for discounted kid’s DVD’s and give away the latest cinematic feature along with a box of candy or bag of microwaveable popcorn. Alternately, give a pair of tickets to the cinema. Many cinema chains like ODEON offer cheap tickets to kid’s movies on weekends, starting for as little as £2.50.
With a bit of creativity, you can find the perfect gifts without stretching your budget too far!