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Frugal bday gift ideas for 1-year-old twin girls?
« on: June 13, 2017, 08:31:33 AM »
Gearing up for a 1st birthday party for two twin girls, the daughters of a friend of mine.  These are the most girly girls you can think of (and so is their mom) - think princess and tutus galore.  The parents also are super spendypants (dual luxury car family) and have everything one could possibly want for two toddlers.  Any ideas for pulling together a really frugal gift that doesn't come off as being cheap?  These are not the kind of people you can give used toys to.

I was thinking of putting together some sort of basket with a bunch of small but cute things -- stickers? some home baked treats for the family? maybe a cheesy picture frame I can get at a discount store like TJ Maxx?  It would be amazing to spend $10 or less on this. 

Trying to avoid putting this off to the last minute and feeling compelled to buy a $40 toy or something to compensate for lack of planning.  Hit me with your ideas!

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Re: Frugal bday gift ideas for 1-year-old twin girls?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 09:34:21 AM »
If I were you I'd do an arts and crafts kit.

My son is almost 1 and he is starting to grasp the concept of coloring. We have the jumbo size crayons for him but we also just bought this which he loves (and it's a 2 pack!)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B017OW251I/ref=psdcmw_676721011_t1_B00CPHX9JK

I'm sure if you look around they've got a girlier set. The pages are reuseable, I can see this being a staple in  the car for restaurants and road trips since the pen is just filled with water.

Stickers are a great idea too, and those window gel clings can be used on a window or in the bathtub.
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Re: Frugal bday gift ideas for 1-year-old twin girls?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 09:39:28 AM »
I generally stopped getting gifts for other people's kids, unless there were a very specific circumstance that said it would be a great idea :)

I would just show up with a big smile, lots of hugs, help the parents out with facilitating and cleaning up, celebrate. Switching to this has been a lifesaver for me in raising a kid.

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Re: Frugal bday gift ideas for 1-year-old twin girls?
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 10:16:31 AM »
I'd get some helium balloons and big lollypops.

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Re: Frugal bday gift ideas for 1-year-old twin girls?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 02:10:40 PM »
Sidewalk chalk, crayons (they make egg-shaped crayons & triangular crayons for toddlers), foam stickers, colouring books. The stickers & colouring books can be found @ a dollar store for super cheap.

+1 to helium balloons. I gave my godsons balloons several years running & they were a hit.

Sandbox toys (small bucket, shovel, etc) can also be found for not much $$$, and the bucket could also be used as your gift basket.

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Re: Frugal bday gift ideas for 1-year-old twin girls?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 03:27:28 PM »
You could find some super cheap nail polish for sure. Bubbles are always a hit with young kids. I tend to buy books for my friends' kids, too.

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Re: Frugal bday gift ideas for 1-year-old twin girls?
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 02:18:34 PM »
Books. Even spoiled kids can't have too many. If you write a nice inscription inside the front cover, it becomes meaningful.

I'd be super tempted to give them a copy of The Paper Bag Princess, but that might come across as passive aggressive. Although you could give them a nice hardcover anthology of Robert Munsch stories, where this one is included.

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Re: Frugal bday gift ideas for 1-year-old twin girls?
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2017, 08:07:09 PM »
Board books.  Our TJMaxx has a good selection.