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My son has his first birthday party to attend for one of his school friends and I just wanted an idea on what a reasonable spend limit was ? And what to get I asked and I was told just surprise him so that doesn’t help at all. Thanks mamas


Posted by mom384089, 25th June 2021


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  • My limit was always between $10 – $15 but it also depends on what you can afford at the time and how close your son is with the child. We never had much choice since we live in a very small country town so if I couldn’t find anything suitable that no-one else had bought we settled for giving them money provided the Mum of the child agreed. Try to find out what the child likes and go from there. I think when the child is young anything is a wonderful surprise no matter what it is. Good luck


  • Personally I don’t put a price on gifts. Just go with what you can afford. I’m sure it would be appreciated no matter the price tag.


  • When my son was of school age, we used to work on the approx. $20 per gift. I appreciate this can sometimes be hard, but when you have so many parties to go too, there are limits


  • Around $30 i think is reasonable, a bit more if they’re a really close friend.


  • We spend around $30 for a gift. We have found that the kids at my daughters school mainly have smaller parties so aren’t inviting the whole class. Quality over quantity works for us!


  • It’s hard to find affordable options that don’t look dodgy but I generally see around $15 as being a reasonable amount to spend.


  • Anywhere from $0-$20. Village Cinemas do a kids ticket that comes with a popcorn, drink & chocolate for $20. It’s a good option for people being mindful of our environment.

    Honestly kids get so much so one present is enough…not lots of items just to fill up a gift bag. It should be about quality over quantity.

    We like to buy board games or games that get the child thinking like ‘bop it’


  • It depends if your child is close with them, but any where from $15-$30 is a good target. Sometimes I can’t help myself and have spent more lol.


  • Budget: Be true to yourself and spend whatever your budget allows. There are 15 children in my sons class and they tend to invite each other to their parties so 15 x $whatever we can afford / budget.
    What to buy: Depends on the age I guess. Craft & art activities, hot wheels cars, Lego, books, games (memory through to monopoly deal or Uni), … even a movie voucher. Doesn’t need to be fancy or high-end.
    The child will probably love most things that your son likes if they’re a similar age and in the same class.


  • I think $10-15 is plenty. If you get a few close together it can get a bit expensive.


  • I personally wouldn’t spend over $20


  • I think it depends. If you are on a super tight budget like me, and your child has lots of friends and there is potential for more than a few parties throughout the year, it is between $0 – $20. I buy things when they are on special and clearance if I know there is a potential party coming up. We can’t afford much, but you can get creative for not a lot of money.


  • you can get plenty of great stuff for $25


  • $20-$30 is my price range.


  • 20 to 30 unless it’s a family member or very close friends child


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