5 Fun Gifts This Birthday Party Season

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I don’t know about you, but it seems that once April and May hit, our weekends slowly fill up with trips to bouncy houses, pools, parks, and houses.  Birthday party season has officially begun!  And I love it!  There is just something about celebrating another year, which at Judah’s and his friends’ ages means that so much has happened in the last 12 months, and their abilities and interests are skyrocketing.  So this party season, I rounded up a few of my favorite gifts that hopefully won’t break the bank, but will leave the birthday boy or girl excited at the possibilities!

1. Library Tote Bag and Shelf Placeholder.  Buy or make a cute tote bag so the birthday girl or boy can carry all their library selections around with them to checkout.  A fun addition would be creating over-sized bookmarks that act as shelf placeholders that go between books, so they know where to put their book back after they read it during their trip to the library (if they don’t want to check it out).

2. Personalized Coloring Book and Colors.  I randomly stumbled upon these at Frecklebox when I was getting ideas on how to make personalized coloring books for my cousins.  These were too cute and at only $7, I opted for the pre-made route and bought the mermaid and princess ones. Then I rounded out the gift with a box of crayons and markers.

3. Super-cape or Princess Cape. There are a ton of DIY projects showing how to make these for the superheros and princesses in your life, so you can take a stab at a tutorial, head to etsy, or enlist the help of a local seamstress friend.  I’ve been meaning to get Judah one because he loves to tie a blanket around and run fast aka “fly!” I know many kids who love their capes and imaginations that run wild when they are able to strap on their very own hero or princess cape.

4. Zoo Members. This is a great gift idea to split with another family since it does cost around $50 (and worth every penny!).  As a zoo member, the family can go to the zoo as many times as they like with their family for an entire year.  Even if a family of 4 only goes twice, then the pass is paid for and totally worth it.  To add an extra touch to the gift, you can head to your local dollar store and grab a few plastic animals to go with the pass.

5. Books and Personalized Bookplates.  This was my go-to gift that I gave to all of Judah’s friends last year.  You can select fun books that are new or classic, or you could go a more creative route and buy a personalized book from I See Me.  Then you can add a stack of personalized bookplates or bookmarks.  You don’t have to spend a ton for this personalized touch–Word even has a few templates for these!

What are your go-to birthday gifts this year?

Jenny lives with her husband, Joel, and their sons, Judah and Jonas, in Zachary, a suburb north of Baton Rouge. She works part-time as an editor and her favorite part of the week is when she gets to exchange her pencil skirt for yoga pants and pretend to be a SAHM for a few days. When she’s not toting her sons around town or saving her toddler's life one head dive off the couch at a time, she is designing invitations, stationery, and logos for local moms, brides, and professionals. Jenny’s been married since 2007, and she and Joel welcomed Judah into their lives in April 2012 and Jonas in March 2015. She loves to squeeze in as many date nights as possible and spends her free time chronicling her family’s adventures and recent designs on her personal blog, the Gilberts.

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