Unexpected and Inexpensive Birthday Gifts


The older your kids get and the more families you meet, the more birthday parties you’ll find yourself balancing. If you’re lucky, the invite will say “No Gifts Please”, but even then, I find myself showing up empty handed when everyone else brought something anyway! The unending parties can get expensive. It’s unnecessary, especially for the really little kids who don’t know the difference. We have gifted and been gifted some really creative, but inexpensive things that have left a mark.

Birthday Pancakes

For the kid who has everything, a gift certificate to a nearby breakfast joint for “birthday pancakes” is easy. You can stick to a $10-20 amount, especially if you are just thinking that you’re paying for one kid’s breakfast. In St. Louis, you can buy gift certificates to the Shack online, saving you so much time! Plus, they have a bunch of locations.

WWF Adopt an Animal

The World Wildlife Fund has a page where you can “adopt” an animal for $25. It’s not the most inexpensive gift on the list (depending on what you usually spend), but it’s super cute! You get a photo, certificate and species card. There’s a very long list of animals to choose from so if you know the kiddo’s favorite, you will get extra brownie points! If you are looking to spend more, you can increase to $55 and it includes a stuffed animal.

Donation to Charity

For both of my kids’ birthdays, I usually say “No gifts, but if you would like you can donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their honor”. Your family might have a cause that’s important to you and same with the birthday prince or princess. If not, a local children’s hospital or something youth related is a good call. The best part about this gift is that you can donate as little or as much as you like. Just $10 makes a difference and you can explain it in a card.

Sticker Club

There are a handful of sticker clubs online to choose from. The first one that comes to mind is Pipsticks. You can gift a subscription for $12/month. It’s basically just a big box of stickers, washi tape and cards. For the right age, this is such a fun and creative gift.

Plain Tee Shirt & Paint

An easy, DIY craft kit might not be a parent’s favorite gift, but the kids will love it! You can get a tee and fabric or puff paint for very cheap online or at Hobby Lobby. Wrap it up in a cute box and you’ll look like the most creative mom at the party!


Happy Gifting!

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Originally from Kansas City, Katie followed her college sweetheart to St. Louis and never wants to leave this fun city! She lives in Brentwood with her husband, Chris (college sweetheart), son, Frank (2) with another munchkin on the way. After a busy career of planning weddings, she decided to hang up the clipboard to stay at home. It only took a short month out of the office for Katie to become a little antsy, so she dreamed up Bloom & Bundle, a blog for moms trying to navigate the world of baby products, nurseries and registries. After the blog took off, she started to help a few local businesses with their social media and is now always working during nap time. In whatever spare time is left, Katie volunteers for the St. Louis St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer as the Logistics Chair where she gets to exercise her event planning muscles to help an awesome organization.