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Birthday presents for kids at school

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peachy94 Thu 26-Oct-17 15:52:09

DS started reception in sept and has just been invited to his first birthday party for a school friend. Birthday boy will be 5, How much should I spend on a present for him?

Ttbb Thu 26-Oct-17 15:53:50

Most schools have an unspoken rule about his much is spent on presents. Do you know parents in higher years who may be able to tell you? I would think that £20 is fairly reasonable but I really have no idea.

LuxuryWoman2017 Thu 26-Oct-17 15:55:26

No more than £10 is the unspoken rule around here, that said, if you're canny and can find something great for less that's fine too. so a bargain set of lego is great if you happen upon one in a sale.

hippyhippyshake Thu 26-Oct-17 15:56:51

Yikes! I know it’s been few years since mine were small but I was gojng to say between £5 and £10 depending on how close a friend they are. But I could be way out!

ILoveMyMonkey Thu 26-Oct-17 15:57:46

£5 to £10 is what I've spent so far, not had any complaints so far.

Bicnod Thu 26-Oct-17 15:59:20

Omg, £20?!!! I have two primary age children and a pre schooler. I bulk buy bargains for this purpose when I see them in sales and have a present box for parties. I spend no more than £5 per present. Would literally break the bank to spend any more the amount of parties they all go to! Bookpeople is good for bargains... Lift the flap Usborne science/space etc books from there usually go down well.

peachy94 Thu 26-Oct-17 16:01:23

Thanks! I don't know anyone with older kids and tomorrow's the last day before half term (party is Tuesday) but I'll try and ask around and see what people think. I thought £5-£10 would be reasonable, so glad that's the general consensus and that Lego would be the best bet

WhereTheFuckIsWonderWoman Thu 26-Oct-17 16:01:57

Bloody hell, £20??? shock
For a child I don't really know it's about a fiver, others no more than a tenner.

RunningHurts Thu 26-Oct-17 16:02:50

£20??? Wow! £5 or £6 I usually go for.

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toptomatoes Thu 26-Oct-17 16:04:21

Agree with £5-10.

GoodMorning1 Thu 26-Oct-17 16:08:34

£5-£10. I always think that If you don't know the child well and don't know what they like a book is a good option.

Desmondo2016 Thu 26-Oct-17 20:32:53

5 for kids I don't know. 10-15 for closer friends/kids of friends .

MoonHare Thu 26-Oct-17 20:43:03

Def £5-10 at that age, I used to set myself a £5 challenge and lookout for things in the sale. Sometimes I even re-gift (shock horror). Have 3 dds 4 6 and 9 so we've been to hundreds of parties and hosted 19 ourselves.
£15-20 for close friends of my 9yr old Dd.

TeenTimesTwo Sat 28-Oct-17 10:00:01

Agree £5-£10 (I would say £8) for parties lower down primary.
Later when it is just a few parties and closer friends then it can go up a bit if you want, or not.

FineAsWeAre Sat 28-Oct-17 12:58:16

I usually try to get things in the 2 for £15 deal at Argos and save one for the next party.

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