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budget gift ideas for nieces and nephews

post #1 of 13
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I have nieces and nephews from the age of 1 on up to 10. Anybody have some good gifts ideas for Christmas that wouldn't cost a lot?
post #2 of 13
10 year old might enjoy a gift certificate to a movie theater
Ask their parents what toys and books they are interested in and look for those toys when they go on sale. Kohls has great sales, sometimes up to 50-65% off of namebrand toys around the holiday season. TJ Maxx also has a nice assortment of toys and books that are cheaper than at a regular store.
post #3 of 13
When 2 of my nieces were around 6, I hit up garage sales & bought very cheap fancy old lady hats (like w/ feathers or netting on them), fancy dress up purses, beads, long opera gloves and clip earrings & bead necklaces. Most items were $1 or less at garage sales where folks were selling grandma's old things. I bought 2 cheap boas from the fabric store, put them all in computer paper boxes from work, which I gift-wrapped & spelled each kids' name on the lid with contact paper. They are 24 years old now & still talk about the Xmas they got the dress up kits. Didn't even cost me $10 per kid.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by calimari View Post

...Xmas they got the dress up kits.

That's a great idea and could be adapted for boys too. Mine love dressing up like cowboys, etc.

I did a pedicure event with my nieces when they were between 6 and 10. They each got a nail polish, toe seperator, polish remover, cottonballs, and lotion in a little caddy. There was also a coupon for a special pedicure with me. They thought it was the coolest thing to get big girl pedicures. I also included samples of various perfumes, etc that were age approriate but free. They loved it. I've also made them bracelets and simple scrapbooks where they just had to add the pics
post #5 of 13
You could make homemade playdoh and buy some cookie cutters to attach to it.

I like the pedicure idea for the older ones
post #6 of 13
Right now you can catch the school supplies on clearance and make a craft box, with crayons, glue sticks, glue, construction paper. Also, I've bought the crayons of clearance and then went to the dollar store and bought coloring books, activity books, etc.
post #7 of 13
Do you sew?

The favorite gift I ever gave my grandkids was the packaging! One year, instead of gift wrap, I sent all their gifts in cloth drawstring sacks. The fabric was themed to their interests. They called to ask me to make them more sacks.

What to give? A flashlight, especially different styles, is always popular. Books and gift certificates are second on the list.
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Originally Posted by sshallenbu View Post

Right now you can catch the school supplies on clearance and make a craft box, with crayons, glue sticks, glue, construction paper. Also, I've bought the crayons of clearance and then went to the dollar store and bought coloring books, activity books, etc.


I was coming to post this very same idea. I do it for my neices and very young cousins too. You can adapt the supplies for their ages. crayons, etc for the young ones, for the older ones maybe neat pens or more art supplies.

With the school supply clearances going on you could put together some great "baskets" for cheap. Also if you buy multi packs, open them up and they will go farther. Like glue stick with 3 or 4 in a package, put one in each basket.
post #9 of 13
I bought photo albums that were on clearance from Kohl's and made duplicate pictures of all the kids that I had from when they were born up until the party. Everybody loved it. They want the tradition to continue. They've each asked me to keep track of the pictures I take and give them for presents this year. I also plan on giving them blooper pictures.
post #10 of 13
My sister made cork boards one year for the kids, actually bought a discounted drywall sheet that the corners were broken. Cut into 2x2 size, covered with heavy fabric, hot glued to the backs. The boys she stencled the girls she ran ribbon in a criss cross fashion. Then bought fancy push pins.. The kids all still have them hanging in their rooms with photos on them now that they are teenagers..
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