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Old Jan 1st, 2017, 07:08 AM   1
Sarah Lou 80
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How much do you buy for your child's birthday?


My boy will be 4 at the end of January. We were initially going to buy him a 1/4 sized guitar as he loves his dad's guitar and is into music and singing. I've also got him a batman figure and will get him a vampire dressing up outfit as this is his new obsession! He's going to have a party at the local soft play place.

OH has now said he doesn't want to get the guitar as he thinks he's too young and won't look after it. He thinks giving him just the batman and vampire cape is enough as he had plenty at Christmas! I don't think he had an excessive amount at Christmas and was grateful and pleased with everything he got and I don't want him being kind of penalised I guess for having his birthday close to Christmas!

So now I'm trying to think of an alternative to the guitar. I really think he will love it though!



 
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Old Jan 1st, 2017, 08:31 AM   2
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Could you compromise and get him a cheaper child's guitar? We got our 4 1/2 year old a play guitar for Christmas and she looooves it. It's just plastic though and likely wouldn't learn to actually play it. We typically do it budget wise.. Not the amount of gifts per se but have an all in amount we spend on them. They usually end up with 4-5 gifts from us. My sister and I have January birthdays and I know my parents struggled with this too. If you wanted to get him something else but not so much toy related you could get a small bag or back pack and put some craft things or play doh in it.



 
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Old Jan 1st, 2017, 16:17 PM   3
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For birthdays I tend to get my girls clothes, one main present, and 4/5 smaller gifts. My eldest turns 6 on 21st January and I am getting her a gymnastics mat as her main present, as well as a slushie maker, disco lights, a couple of dvds and will get her one or two more token gifts. I have spent around 150 on clothes for her (which includes a £40 dancing outfit, pyjamas and fluffy socks which are what she has asked for)
I dont get them anywhere near as much as they get for Christmas, but I like them to have a little pile to wake up to, with some banners and balloons to make it extra special



 
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Old Jan 1st, 2017, 16:25 PM   4
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I have a budget which is £150 for Christmas and £100 for birthday. Hubby often buys extra things but as much as possible I stick to that



 
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Old Jan 1st, 2017, 22:02 PM   5
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My sons birthday is 23rd Dec and I tend to get him just the same for birthday and Xmas, probably around £100 each. I think because I know he's waited all year for his gifts I want him to get a decent amount!



 
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Old Jan 2nd, 2017, 19:00 PM   6
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My daughter's birthday is less than a week after Christmas (12/30). I bought her one large gift for her birthday and that was it. It's an Our Generation camper and can van (Targets American girl knock off) I probably spent 1/3 on her birthday as what I did for Christmas. I don't feel guilty. After Christmas, I just can't handle a ton more toys.



 
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Old Jan 3rd, 2017, 00:04 AM   7
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Thanks guys! I know what you mean Neko about the ton of toys after Christmas!

OH has decided a 1/4 size guitar is fine now! Found one for a good price so it's that, the vampire cape, batman figure and I think a game called crocodile dentist that he will like and that's it! I think that's a fair amount.



 
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Old Jan 3rd, 2017, 01:09 AM   8
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Not much as we normally go somewhere on holiday im more into doing things than buying things. I buy as she needs/wants through the year so sometimes shes had one thing to open on her Birthday, somtimes its been £30 lego other times its been £150 keyboard. It just depends



 
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Old Jan 3rd, 2017, 01:38 AM   9
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I spend roughly £100. My sons main gift was a scooter at £15 i dont see it the same as xmas but im not sure why. They would probably get 10-15 gifts but some of that is clothes, swimsuit things i need to buy and then probably 4 or 5 nice toys and a book or 2. Alot of family give clothes for bday so they really dont get too many toys for there bday in our house



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Old Jan 3rd, 2017, 02:39 AM   10
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Would a ukulele be a good alternative? We just got one for our son for Christmas. Cost around £8. I spend between £50-100 for his birthday. Last year I spent about £250 in total but £150 was for his first proper birthday party at a softplay.



 
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