Mothering Forum banner

1 - 20 of 26 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,252 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
DD was recently invited to a party for her friend's third birthday. She is very excited <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The problem is that I have VERY little money for a gift <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
The people hosting the party are very nice, unpretentious people who are throwing the party solely for the purpose of the kids having fun. In other words, I am sure that their intention in not to rack up a bunch of gifts. However, I would feel really uncomfortable not bringing anything. I need to bring SOMETHING. But what?<br><br>
Ideas? Something small and affordable, please <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,041 Posts
Make a bunch of playdough in different colors, maybe? What 3 year old doesn't like playdough, and homemade is easy and cheap and smells better than the bought stuff.<br>
Maybe an "art set" with crayons, markers, paint and brushes, paper, etc.<br>
Good luck, and I'm looking forward to what other mamas have to say....<br>
~maddymama
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,270 Posts
<a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/article/crazy-crayons?xsc=stf_MSLO-ARTICLE" target="_blank">http://www.marthastewart.com/article...f_MSLO-ARTICLE</a><br><br>
I used crayons that had broken to do this and silicone heart shaped ice cube trays. Came out great!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,562 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>maddymama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/11526702"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Make a bunch of playdough in different colors, maybe? What 3 year old doesn't like playdough, and homemade is easy and cheap and smells better than the bought stuff.<br>
Maybe an "art set" with crayons, markers, paint and brushes, paper, etc.<br>
Good luck, and I'm looking forward to what other mamas have to say....<br>
~maddymama</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Kind of a variation of this idea: You could print off a couple of playdough recipes on colored paper and provide the ingredients. Or, you could find the recipe (I used to have a link and have lost it) for giant bubbles and provide the supplies for that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,200 Posts
playsilk<br>
home made bean bags<br>
dress up clothes from old stuff you don't use - especially hats, scarves, purses, sunglasses<br>
home made stuff for baby doll - diaper, clothes, etc<br>
special blanket or pillow w/ birthday girls fave thing like hello kitty, dinos, whatever<br>
dollar store finds - sidewalk chalk w/ paintbrush and cup to use w/water to erase, bouncy balls, bubbles<br>
homemade tutu or hair bows, lots of easy instructions online, pm me
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,518 Posts
balloons I told my mom to bring my daughter 3 helium balloons for her 3rd birthday this week.<br><br>
bubble bath We are getting her a bottle of California Baby bubble bath<br><br>
dress up clothes My older kiddos are putting together a dress up skirt. You can tie strips of tulle around an elastic waistband (formerly headband) for a no sew skirt.<br><br>
eta a friend brought a piece of cardboard with rubberbands around it to my 5 yo's party this winter and it was the hit of the afternoon. It started as a guitar and morphed all afternoon as their brains worked. We decorated it, made rubberband chains, remade the musical instrument....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
738 Posts
I'm in a similar position with birthdays and baby showers recently and NO money to spare...I've bought each child a book that we really like and written a little note in the front (the occasion, who it's from). Most bookstores have great "bargain book" tables (even our locally owned one does this), but if I can't find one I truly like there I buy a board book version - sturdy for the littles and often less expensive ($5-8). This range is manageable for the budget right now, though some of these homemade ideas are great!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,282 Posts
We often give books, which can be as cheap or as expensive as you like.<br><br>
I like the dress-up clothes idea. You could hit a thrift store for that, or eve mine your own closet. If you're craft you could create some items.<br><br>
More crafty stuff: sew a stuffed animal. Maybe your child could help with the design process?<br><br>
I think bug jars are relatively inexpensive and lots of fun.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,450 Posts
This <a href="http://librarycollective.blogspot.com/2008/05/kid-made-sidewalk-chalk-paint.html" target="_blank">chalk paint</a> looks fun...and very cheap.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,336 Posts
Well I know some people don't like the dollar store, but I am a fan for certain things, especially in situations like this.<br><br>
Art supplies are a great find at the dollar store, construction paper, kiddo scissors, scribble(drawing) pads, coloring books, books to read(although that is a hit and miss). I buy all my DD's coloring books there along with scribble pads, that way I am never really that sad about her destroying a huge pad of paper. A fancy bag and a card(also from there) you could have a great kids craft gift for under $10, you could even tie a "Happy Birthday" balloon on also from there, they have a ton of balloons at the dollar store where we go.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,620 Posts
Here's a play dough recipe<br>
3 C Flour<br>
1 1/2 C salt<br>
3 tbsp oil<br>
2 tbsp cream of tartar<br>
3 C water<br>
Mix and cook over very low heat til not sticky to the touch<br><br>
You can add in food dye to make whatever color you want-try mixing it in before you cook otherwise you have to use hands to mix which gets very messy as in dyed skin unless you wear latex gloves or have something like a kitchen aide mixer that can handle mixing bread dough<br><br>
We also add in a few drops of essential oil sometimes too like lavender for purple or orange eo or grapefruit eo for orangey yellow, lime eo for green... you get the idea. Its fun and no they don't eat it as long as you tell them it's not food even though it may smell like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,627 Posts
A big bouncy ball--like the kind they sell at drugstores. They're super cheap and loads of fun!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,432 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>maddymama</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/11526702"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Make a bunch of playdough in different colors, maybe? What 3 year old doesn't like playdough, and homemade is easy and cheap and smells better than the bought stuff.<br>
Maybe an "art set" with crayons, markers, paint and brushes, paper, etc.<br>
Good luck, and I'm looking forward to what other mamas have to say....<br>
~maddymama</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
I was going to recomend homemade playdough. We made some this past week and it really does feel creat compared to commercial playdough. I was thinking that it would make a great cheap gift, along with a cheap rolling pin and a few cookie cutters. I found a dough rolling pin for $1.25 at a specialty toy store and I'm sure you could get cookie cutters at a dollar store or bulk food store cheap.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,270 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>pammysue</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/11527449"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">This <a href="http://librarycollective.blogspot.com/2008/05/kid-made-sidewalk-chalk-paint.html" target="_blank">chalk paint</a> looks fun...and very cheap.</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
We do this at least once a week and it's a lot of fun. It separates out so they'll need to stir it really well whenever they use it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
20 Posts
We go to the dollar store and get coloring books and crayons.<br><br>
Also the big bubble wands are good.<br><br>
Maybe a kite?<br><br><br>
go to goodwill and get "dress up" clothes?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,350 Posts
Another recommendation for playdough. You can add in a little set of cookie cutters and a cheap wooden rolling pin, too. All of this can be found almost anywhere, though my thrift store goddess neighbor says she sees the coolest cookie cutters and wooden utensils at our local thrift stores all. the. time.<br><br>
ETA: A friend gave my DD (3) a homemade fairy wand (wooden dowel with ribbons hot-glued on the tip) and a beautiful fairy crown (elastic headband with ribbon streamers hanging down the back). DD loves them!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,306 Posts
If you sew and have any extra fabic laying around, a simple cape is easy and fun. I usually put a superhero kind of applique on the back with the kid's intial in cheap felt. Crowns are also pretty easy to make, depending on the details.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,748 Posts
sidewalk chalk<br><br>
balls<br><br>
have your kid make a card, you don't show up empty handed, but its free, and little kids don't remember who brought what or who didn't
 
1 - 20 of 26 Posts
Top