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    Default Going rate for birthday presents

    My dd started school this year. She has been invited to a birthday party and I'm unsure on what I should spend on a present.

    At preschool I knew most of the mums and around $10-15 was agreed (besties a bit more sometimes).

    I don't really know any of the mums here yet to ask. She doesn't know the child well,.The whole class has been invited and it's at a play center.

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    Our school it's around $30-35 but this might be a bit more than average?

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    Gosh. That's quite alot! Not sure we can stretch to that especially if she is invited to all the birthdays.

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    I usually spend around $20, if it is a close long term friend I spend a bit more.

    I have one DD in year 6 and one in year 4.

    I keep costs down by shopping at Smiggle when they have their little packs on sale. So you get a $20 pack for $15 or less. The girls then go to the present shelf and pick a present to give.

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    I aim for a $20 max spend.

    I often buy things on special & pop away.

    I use brown paper as wrapping and tie with colourful ribbon. Cards are the $1 ones from cheap shop or bigw

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    I spend about $20 per child. I buy stuff when I see it on sale and have a present cupboard so it's easy to just pick something out on the day. I also buy big rolls of wrapping and DD1 will make a card to go with it (she's 5 and in pre-primary).

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    Ok. Maybe I should aim for $20 max and start a party stash! Any ideas then for under $20 gift for a 5 year old boy? I asked dd but she had no idea. I'm thinking Lego??

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    I aim for $20-30 , but like pp I look out for sales and stock up ( just bought 4 remote control Audi cars at Myer toy sale clearance on the weekend that were $79 reduced to $17! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeaAndToast View Post
    Ok. Maybe I should aim for $20 max and start a party stash! Any ideas then for under $20 gift for a 5 year old boy? I asked dd but she had no idea. I'm thinking Lego??
    Yes Lego is great - big W have the $15 boxes on sale for $10 now so maybe grab a couple of those! Or the superhero action figure dolls are $15 ( superman, batman etc )

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    We go for about $20. I tend to buy for all the anticipated ones during sales and then if she isn't invited I wrap them for her at Xmas lol


 

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