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Skint. Got DS 1 gift only. Ideas with £10?

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DontDodo · 15/06/2019 21:05

Things are very tight right now. I have got one gift for DS who is 7 which was about £20. I can spend about £10 on something else. What can I get? I’ve worked out a cake I can make for £2. Any cheap cheap ideas?

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Butterymuffin · 15/06/2019 21:40

You can get plenty in The Works and/or Pound Land for a tenner.

Havenly · 15/06/2019 21:40

Sleepover- doesn't need to cost anything much... bag of Haribo each for him and his pal?????

Let him stay up really late and make it seem like a huge treat- my DS's loved staying up til midnight (oooooohhhhhh) when they were young. Costs nothing.

Bike ride and picnic? Mind you the weather has been so shit....

feliciabirthgiver · 15/06/2019 21:41
twirlypoo · 15/06/2019 21:43

Think you have had some fab suggestions, but just wanted to add - can you blow a load of balloons up and make a happy birthday banner? Would add to the ‘specialness’ of the day and really cheap to do.

twirlypoo · 15/06/2019 21:45

Oh! There might be stuff on this website too?

whymewhyme · 15/06/2019 21:45

Get yourself in to pound land! I picked up loads of bits in there last weekend for a upcoming birthday! Thomas tank minis, slinky, chalk board, bouncy balls l, crafts bits a little monster light and paw patrols bits!

twirlypoo · 15/06/2019 21:46

And! Sorry for going on! I made about £15 on oh my dosh doing the no spend quick payout links. I had the money into my account within days, and it was a lifesaver!

DontDodo · 15/06/2019 21:47

Thanks for all these brilliant ideas. Re decorations. I’ve kept some from previous years and get them out for every bday. Still have some kids paper plates from a couple of years ago and some used bday candles.

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BedraggledBlitz · 15/06/2019 21:48

On Ebay search for collection only toys, sorted by nearest first. Often find bundles. If price isn't right message the seller making an offer for the things you like most.

Facebook marketplace also good.

I've had great buys from charity shops and car boots.

DontDodo · 15/06/2019 21:49

Thanks twirlypoo

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twirlypoo · 15/06/2019 21:51

No probs. I’ve been there, so I get it. I hope he has a fabulous day Flowers

AngelOfDeathNix · 15/06/2019 21:51

Poundland sell those little "excavation" blocks with fossils in, my kids love them!

Homemade experiment kit? The Works have some great books and you can buy baking soda, vinegar etc pretty cheaply and then put it all in a Poundland plastic box, put a hazard sticker on it and away he goes!

Shazafied · 15/06/2019 21:52

Put a Wanted post on Freecycle - worth a try! Very few kids care if things are secondhand.

I was going to post this same suggestion - freecycle is great and there will be loads of parents wanting rid of toys !!

DontDodo · 15/06/2019 21:54

Yes, I’ve gifted on freecycle before but not done a wanted so will give it a go.

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choccybuttonshelpeverything · 15/06/2019 21:56

Home bargains. Great for arts and craft stuff. Seeds to plant if you've a garden, wee treat sweets. Slimes usually a winner?

HippyChickMama · 15/06/2019 21:58

Look on Groupon for offers. They often do cheap bowling or cinema tickets. If you have an Odeon near you they do kids club cinema at weekends for £2.50 a ticket, you could take own sweets and drinks.

hopefulhalf · 15/06/2019 22:00

pm OP I have a 15yo DS and piles of stuff waiting to go to charity shop. Also in skinter days got a wonderful load of duplo from a charity shop 2 weeks before Xmas, it was wonderful.

hopefulhalf · 15/06/2019 22:00

PM me

Redred2429 · 15/06/2019 22:04

Have you tried gumtree to op lots of bargains and freebies some of them are really good my friend got a swing set for free and a toy box for free the toy box only needed a coat of paint

Soola · 15/06/2019 22:04

Weather dependent - picnic in the garden and if you don’t have a tent, borrow one or make one from sheets et and have an evening campfire.

If you don’t want the expense of inviting other children and he has cuddly toys they can come to the picnic.

At a similar age I surprised my son by collecting him from school at lunch time and I had set up all his beanie and cuddly toys in a circle and we had a picnic for lunch just me and him.

You could also do a treasure hunt in the garden with either hiding wrapped sweets or you could do a tick off list and he has to find them all to win the prize. Examples being find a feather, find a brown pebble, find a pink flower etc.

If you have a printer you can print off free colouring in stuff The woodland Trust nature detectives have lots of ideas and printable stuff

Redred2429 · 15/06/2019 22:05

Also op what are are you pm me I may have some stuff I'm clearing out

MummyParanoia101 · 15/06/2019 22:08

@hopefulhalf Don't.... You can't be sure who anyone is or what they're telling you is real. Not saying OP isn't but don't give money away to strangers online

hopefulhalf · 15/06/2019 22:10

Not offering money offering 3D puzzles, board games and possibly a bit of Lego that would otherwise go to the charity shop.

hopefulhalf · 15/06/2019 22:11

Also Lidl has some great outdoor toys this week, if you have one close.

DontDodo · 15/06/2019 22:20

Thanks for all the ideas. Appreciate your help guys.

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