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To spend a fiver on ds friend birthday

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RosaDiazepam Wed 17-Feb-16 13:54:07

Ds best friend is 11 next week & they're going paintballing

I'm skint though & can't think of what to get him, there is a massive difference in income between us & them blush Lovely family I'm sure they're not expecting too much but what can I get that won't be embarrassing for ds (or me)?

SnowBodyforrrrm Wed 17-Feb-16 14:06:41

How about giving him a £5 in a card? Some will say it's not personal, but at 11 most kids love spending money and it would be difficult to get him something half decent at that age for £5.

And don't feel bad, if they're a lovely family, they'll be happy with the gesture!

When my son gets £5 in a card, he and I are very happy.

jadorecakesnbiscuits Wed 17-Feb-16 14:08:08

That's fine! 5 pounds in a card would have been great for me at that age or even now At 24 TBH.

Birdsgottafly Wed 17-Feb-16 14:09:12

Don't buy chocolate or a crappy present for a £5 (which most would be for an eleven year old).

I would give money, or ask your DS is there a voucher for gaming etc that he would like.

DaddyDr Wed 17-Feb-16 14:11:56

How about a couple of pots of army face paint that he could use straight away at the paint balling. The instant use of the present will completely overlook the price, and he'd feel special (important) being the only one with army paint on, or he'd feel special having people asking to borrow it.

Hope that makes sense.

Gracey79 Wed 17-Feb-16 14:12:37

The works have some gifts 3 for £10 so could get 3 small things and then you have 2 left over, also books are often 10 for £10

MitzyLeFrouf Wed 17-Feb-16 14:12:51

£5 in a card and a box of Maltesers. Could there be any better present? No there couldn't.

Lweji Wed 17-Feb-16 14:13:58

My 11 year old would love cash to spend on games.

3WiseWomen Wed 17-Feb-16 14:14:27

£5 on a card + a packet of sweets would be my answer too.

dontcallmethatyoucunt Wed 17-Feb-16 14:42:03

Cash all the way, you'll be popular!

hefzi Wed 17-Feb-16 15:30:32

I'm with DaddyDr - another vote for camo face paint here!

Lweji Wed 17-Feb-16 15:44:05

My DS would hate any face painting.
It could be risky.

DaddyDr Wed 17-Feb-16 16:05:17


It's not face painting as such though, something along these lines.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 17-Feb-16 16:21:18

Our brassic friend did cash in a card. It was DD's favorite present. grin And that was less than a fiver.

madmotherof2 Wed 17-Feb-16 16:29:50

My 12 year old DS would be chuffed to bits with a fiver and a bag of sweets ( ideally skittles!)

Lweji Wed 17-Feb-16 17:14:11

Yes, I realised what it was. smile thinks of mainsplaining thread
It would still be a no.

DaddyDr Wed 17-Feb-16 18:03:02

I read that thread and didnt really get it, but now I understand what mainsplaining means. It's when a person (must be a man) goes out of his way to help try help clarify what he means to a women.
Is that right Lweji ?

DaddyDr Wed 17-Feb-16 18:35:59

That reads like the man is explaining what a man means to a women. I missed a comma. It should be "what a man means, to a women"

Lweji Wed 17-Feb-16 18:46:43

Add to that: things that women/a woman understand/understood perfectly. grin

Don't take it personally.
But I had said "any face painting". And had just come out of the other thread and thought it was funny.

firefly78 Wed 17-Feb-16 18:48:09

david walliams books are about 3 quid in sainsburys at the moment.

mrtwitsglasseye Wed 17-Feb-16 21:06:35

£5 is the absolute maximum I spend on DC's friends. Not tight at all. If I spend £5 I think I've splashed out. Go to The Works, Home Bargains, even the pound shop!! They usually have Horrible Histories books for a pound!

Kpo58 Wed 17-Feb-16 21:10:36

Get something (new) on ebay? You can find many inexpensive items which you cannot easily get on the high street.

PamBagnallsGotACollage Wed 17-Feb-16 21:14:42

A book from Tesco and some chocolate.

Or, as others have said, voucher or cash in card.

VelvetSpoon Wed 17-Feb-16 21:26:57

I second £5 (either in cash or a voucher for itunes/ Microsoft points or similar), and a box of Maltesers from the pound shop, or the large bags of Haribo I think are still 50p atm.

VelvetSpoon Wed 17-Feb-16 21:28:06

Sorry, should be 50p atm in Morrisons smile

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