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Good generic present for 5 year olds?

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AndiMac Wed 13-Jul-11 13:13:37

So I have this thing. For any age of child so far, unless I know them really well or are a relation, I get every child a variation on the same present. So far what I have is:

1st Birthday: A sippy cup, bowl & bib from Ikea
2nd: A play cooking set
3rd: A cookie mix in a jar (sounds lame, looks really good)
4th: A piggy bank, ideally the paint-your-own-piggy-bank variety

The reason I do this is it saves me a load of brain-wracking, trying to think of what to give to different children and I can buy a set of them and not find myself caught short the day before the party with no ideas and nothing to get.

But now I find the first of the 5th birthday parties is creeping up to me and I don't know what to get. Any great ideas out there?

BlueChampagne Wed 13-Jul-11 13:15:29

lego - works for boys and girls and doesn't matter if duplicated!

AndiMac Wed 13-Jul-11 13:51:37

Ooh, that's a good one. I wonder if they even do generic sets of Lego nowadays...

Any other ideas?

going Wed 13-Jul-11 13:58:58

A set of books from the Book people

suzikettles Wed 13-Jul-11 14:00:02

Lego. I think the last 4 or 5 presents I've bought have all been Lego and it's scaleable, so anything from a fiver upwards.

suzikettles Wed 13-Jul-11 14:02:57

You can get a £10 generic box of Lego (I've bought it from Tesco & Amazon) which is a very satisfying box shape to wrap and a good, cheap starter set or will go with whatever they have already.

allhailtheaubergine Wed 13-Jul-11 14:06:16

I am currently buying every 4, 5 and 6 year old in my life modelling clay. Brightly coloured - a bit like plasticine. Always goes down well.

AndiMac Wed 13-Jul-11 15:29:34

These are good. Perhaps I can build up my stock to 6, 7 and beyond birthdays!

BertieBotts Wed 13-Jul-11 15:32:49

Colouring book

Takver Wed 13-Jul-11 18:43:05

My generic present used to be sets of the Usborne 50 things to make and do cards - there's a science set, baking set, rainy day set, crafty set & poss others. Possibly slightly young for a just 5 y/o, but definitely good for a 6 y/o. (Cooking & science ones most 'neutral' I would say, others more likely to appeal to a child who enjoys art/craft.)

AttilaTheMeerkat Wed 13-Jul-11 18:52:35

Hama beads - Argos do a set that is in the 2 for £15 deal.

AttilaTheMeerkat Wed 13-Jul-11 18:54:08

how the heck am I posting as someone else????

BeerTricksPotter Wed 13-Jul-11 19:02:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ChasingSquirrels Wed 13-Jul-11 19:13:17

try again

ChasingSquirrels Wed 13-Jul-11 19:13:43

yay - that's me!

JulesJules Wed 13-Jul-11 19:18:46

I like a really good colouring/doodling book like this one with a pack of fineliners &/or a set of colouring pencils like this and this
And also, torches. I like the little bright LED ones and the eco wind up sort.

Ilythia Wed 13-Jul-11 20:00:12

I have given craft boxes, only a few quid from pound shop as well. Things like 'make your own wooden spoon puppet, or soft toy or something.
Mr Maker also do craft kits which were £4 in asda last time I saw them, brilliant as they have everything you need and make cool sock puppets. Am just about to run out after a year of parties.

DragonAlley Wed 13-Jul-11 20:15:06

What budget? DD is 5 and we've (DSs 12 and 10 too!) had a lot of fun with Lego's Shear a Sheep game. it's about £8,

HuwEdwards Wed 13-Jul-11 20:16:04

Shrinkles - bought loads of them - both sexes LOVE them £9.99

AndiMac Wed 13-Jul-11 20:32:59

I think paying more than £10 for a kid's present is just plain silly, so that's more or less my bar, but I'm comfortable spending less too. wink

I'm loving these ideas - my only problem will be making a decision and sticking with it! One of the other reasons I give the same present for everyone at a certain age means that the following year I don't have to desperately try and remember what I gave the year before to not copy it! So I better not get tempted to just go through the list of ideas and give a different one to each kid this year...

UniS Wed 13-Jul-11 21:02:52

A football.
Frisbee or skipping rope.
Paper aeroplane kit.
Light up glittery bouncy balls.

nimbs Wed 13-Jul-11 21:05:47

Board game
Books - summer/holiday activity types
OUtdoor toys
Craft stuff - pens/paper/stickers

AndiMac Sat 16-Jul-11 18:10:29

In case anyone is interested, I chose the Lego starter set for the 5 birthday present. But lots of ideas for future birthdays, thank you very much everyone who contributed!

Curlybrunette Sun 17-Jul-11 08:07:45

I often get book people sets, and my latest phase is character jim jams

Alittle6976 Sat 28-Oct-17 17:19:36

I give books, I'm an usborne organiser so they're either from my free allowance or cheap!

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