It was the birthday of Miss CF a while ago, the little bugger already turned 3 years old. We had a great birthday party with lots of family. Little Miss CF had a blast and enjoyed all the attention and gifts. Which brings us to the topic of today’s post, what is a “normal” birthday gift for a small child and how much do/should you spend on this as parents? Do you buy new of used (or both)?
I realize that this will depend on your financial position and financial mind-set. As our financial position is solid (we are very fortunate and realize this frequently) but our financial mind-set is frugal, this provides a bit of a conflict.
This year we spend €54 for Miss CF. As we don’t have much references, we are not sure if this is very little, “normal” or a lot (or all of the above). For this amount of money we got her the following:
- Small kitchenette (€50);
- Inflatable donut for swimming (€1.0);
- Large toy flower (€1.0);
- Pink hair band (€0.75);
- 6 magnetic butterflies for on the fridge/whiteboard (€0.75); and,
- 6 party whistles (€0.50).
The kitchenette we bought used off Marktplaats (local ebay, kijiji, etc.) and doubted a while before buying this one as it was one of the more expensive ones available, but it looked amazing and was in a very good scape. When the time comes Miss CF is outgrown the Kitchenette, we will likely be able to sell it again for anywhere between €25 and €40 (based on current prices). So in reality it may only cost us anywhere between €10 and €25, which is not a lot of money.
The other 5 items we bought at a thrift store. We let Miss CF pick out her own gifts, which is always a winner. We also made sure she got some extra attention and time from us that weekend, which resulted in an overall very happy kid.
And you guessed correctly, the six party whistles were the greatest thing in her mind. She played with them for hours, lots of giggles and laughs (and driving us crazy), and was very protective of them during the birthday party. Go figure.
But it comes to show that she favour the little things as much (or more) as the bigger ones (at least for now), however the thing she favours most is attention/experiences. Hope she can keep doing this for many more years to come, would make her a great candidate to become FI early on in her life (which would make us a couple of very proud parents ;-).
What do you think? How much do you pay for gifts for your kids (or how much would you be willing to pay)? Do you feel cheap if you buy something small or cheap?
P.s. sorry for the crummy photo of the kitchenette, got to love the quality of camera’s on most phones 😉