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    My boys are usually both invited to parties so I tell them $10ea so the birthday friend gets two presents totalling around $20.

    Nieces and nephews I spend around $40, same for new babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    My Aunty used to have a box of toys and other children's gifts that her kids could choose from when they had a party on.
    She would buy stuff on sale so that she was getting more for her limit. As the kids grew out of particular things they would be used to put under the donation trees at Christmas. I'm going to start doing it once dd1 starts preschool and has more parties to attend.
    Both of these are fantastic ideas! The toy box is fab. I can imagine picking up bits and pieces on sale and saving them. They will get gifted at some point.

    I've actually asked SS to go through his old toys and separate into broken (to throw out), good but not used (to donate to charity) and good to keep. Love the idea of the donation trees at Christmas.

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    yeah we have a present box.

    Gifts for birthdays are normally $20-$25

    Actually quite often we go with a ToysRUs or Smiggle gift card ... easier and the kid likes it

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    I do the present box in the cupboard. Perfect time of year to start with all the toy sales on.

    If i see something on special that my kids would like chances are their friends would too.

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    Thanks guys! We do have a present box but it's pretty bare atm! Mostly baby stuff. I will do a restock. DH was just amazed at the spend - ie a 480 piece lego airplane set was one present. I don't know how much that costs, but I'm sure it's pretty high. Anyhow, my kids will never be extravagant gift givers! But they are polite and kind and I alway think that counts for more :-)


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    Wow - I think that lego set would be lucky to be $100 on sale!

    For DS's friends from kinder (only 2 parties so far...) I spend $50. That being said, if I found the perfect gift for $30, if just spend that so to me it's more that I try to find something I think they'l love rather than sticking to a limit.

    For my nieces, we spend $100 per child. My brother/sister spend the same back so it all works out in the wash.

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    I spend $15-20.
    From what I can tell most people spend the same.
    I do remember though at my DS2's 5th birthday (he was at preschool) one kid gave him a $50 Lego set, and another gave him $40 worth of Smiggle stuff. I was really shocked, especially considering it was preschool and they were all going to different schools the next year, it's not like they were lifelong/best friends!


 

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