For many, back-to-school also means back to the birthday party circuit. With some families reporting a different party every weekend, how do you decide what to give the birthday child? And how do you know how much to spend?
We took these questions to the New Jersey Family Facebook page, and found that most parents spend around $20 on a birthday present for a child's classmate who is not a good personal friend. For those who spent more, it was usually to purchase a video game—a favorite among older kids.
Here are some great birthday gift picks, all for around $20:
- Eeboo makes beautiful games for younger kids (6 and under) including lacing cards ($14.95), matching memory games (shown in photo) ($12.95), and simple party games ($16.95).
- Melissa & Doug offers a line of toys with birthday gift options for all ages, such as: Abby & Emma Magnetic Dress-up (ages 3-6, $19.99), Joey Magnetic Dress-up (ages 3-6, $12.99), In the Barnyard jigsaw puzzle (ages 6+, $7.99) and 500-piece puzzles for older kids (ages 12+, $7.99).
- Toy cars are always popular, with favorites including Hot Wheels 20-Car Gift Pack (ages 3+, $21.99) and Matchbox's 10-car Pack Assortment (ages 3+, $9.99).
- Creativity For Kids has clever craft kits for tweens, like Awesome Origami (8+, $14.99) and Monster Money Banks (8+, $19.99).
- Bop It is a popular game for 1 or more players, and comes in several variations. The basic version is $24.99 and best for ages 8+.
- Board games appeal to just about every kid, our top picks include Guess Who (6+, $16.99) and Sorry (6+, $17.99).
- Squinkies are addictive little toys, so beware! They are sold in bubble packs of 16 (ages 4+, $11.99).
Other favorite go-to gifts for all ages include Playmobil, Legos, clothes, and books.
And don't forget, gift cards are a popular choice too. Not only do they fit any price, age, and interest, but there's no gift wrap required!
What's your favorite gift to give? Leave us a comment!