Take the Pain Out of Presents: The BEST Birthday Gift Tips

Often find yourself scrambling to find a gift the same day you’re supposed to attend kid’s birthday party? Our lives are busy enough that adding a last minute trip to the toy store can create panic. No worries though, we have the answer! We’ve got great tips to create a birthday gift stash that can save you time and money, so your kid can jet off to another fun celebration without the pain on your part.Take the pain out of presents - the best Birthday Gift tips!

Follow this step-by-step for a gift stash that’ll prepare you for seasons worth of birthdays in one swoop!

Step 1: Stock up on Gift Certificates

Start at a place your kid enjoys. Movie theater, trampoline park, ice cream parlor, nail salon, skating rink… Whatever age-appropriate activity your kid enjoys. Grab 3 or 6 or 12 gift certificates and make sure you confirm they won’t expire any time soon.

gift certificate for movies

Step 2: Gather Packaging

Buy a dozen gift bags (affiliate). I typically buy solid colors so my son can decorate the bag for the birthday boy or girl.

Blank White Gift BagsAdd colorful tissue paper.

tissue paper for birthday gifts

Step 3: Filler Treat

The gift certificate is the experience gift that the parents and child will BOTH appreciate. No need to go crazy adding to it, but a hands-on treat or two will make the gift fun to open without overloading mom and dad with a lot more STUFF. We like silly straws (affiliate).Silly Straws

And Slinky Jr (affiliate).

slinky jr party bag

And gliders (affiliate)!Gliders

More ideas:

  • Temporary tattoos
  • Movie theater-sized candy
  • Snacks with the child’s favorite character
  • Items related to the gift certificate – sprinkles for an ice cream trip, mittens for ice skating, nail stickers for a salon trip.

Step 4: Assemble!

Set up your assembly line and get your kid(s) to help out. It will take no time at all. Each gift includes one gift bag, one gift card, a bit of tissue and a filler treat or two. DONE!Birthday gift bag tips

Step 5: Add a gift tag

Once a party invite arrives, just grab one of the pre-made bags and make a personalized gift tag for the birthday boy or girl.

You’re all set!

Enjoy the party and watch how excited your kid’s friend gets when they unwrap the new adventure that awaits them!

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