A Grace Full Life: Dollar Tree Saves The Day- How To Get Gifts For All Those Birthday Parties Without Mortgaging Your Home

2.13.2012

Dollar Tree Saves The Day- How To Get Gifts For All Those Birthday Parties Without Mortgaging Your Home

OK so even if you have just one child, you know how (especially in the younger years) your children are getting invites to all sorts of birthday parties. I say especially in the younger years because as they age, they become a little more discerning as to whose parties they want to attend. For example: when they head off to preschool for the first time, they will be inundated with birthday invites and will indeed want to go to every and all parties because preschoolers love to party.

 They do.

 But by fourth grade, they become a little pickier. This is a good thing because by that point, you will be broke.

 That is, unless you go to my BirthdayPresentGoToHookUp....Dollar Tree. Or Dolla Make Me Wanna Holla Tree as I singsong every time I walk into that establishment.

I should state that I don't go here for family or dear friends birthday presents ( but do go there for gift wrap and cards) as these are more special and require more time and effort. But for those in between, she only talks to this kid in math class, she may never see this person once she starts middle school, I feed this neighborhood kid every single day of the summer kind of birthdays?

 Yep. DT is my hook up.








I came up with this idea with my Annie while in the car driving to soccer a few weeks ago.

One of her friends birthday parties is coming up and she wanted to get her something cool.
Hmm...that is not at all vague.
And as they get older, you become dangerously aware of how an uncool gift can cause repercussions.
Especially with girls.
Why the drama???
WHY?????
So I am not gonna spend serious coin on these gifts for many reasons but for one, friendship isn't about the price tag, it's about the friendship itself.




Here is what we got:
 




The girl we got this for is like most tween's, loves to play with makeup (we are not wearing it to school yet but its fun to experiment), nails and the like.

A few years ago, I made up another Dollar Tree creation for one of Anna's friends with just hair care products; hair gel, hairspray, clips, ribbons, hair bands, a brush, tangle spray and I put it in a DT makeup bag I found there.
The mom called me and told me it was the best gift she got!
And I only spent nine dollars on it, including the card!




We got her fake nails (these will be the bane of your existence if you have little girls.....just you wait....I step on a fake nail at least once a week or more)...again, these are not to be worn in public, but are fun to play with around the house, or torture your parents/siblings with. We also got makeup brushes, some eye makeup, lip gloss, two nail colors, top coat, shower scrunchies (which came in a pack of four for 1 buck!), nail polish remover, a card and the cute plastic basket too!



Yep. $11 for the whole shebang!! We just put everything into the basket, put on the ribbon, signed the card and she has an awesome gift!!!

Now, I ask you this: where can you find a cool gift for $11 dollars these days?

$11 will get you the following at:


Old Navy- A top or a pair of leggings. But not both together.

Kohls- an $11 gift card but you still have to buy the greeting card.

Ulta- lotion that smells nothing like roses, plumeria or apples.
Justice- $ 11 will get you nothing.


I hope I have saved some of you mommies out there some sanity today.
Save the money you would have used spending big bucks to impress your daughters friends and use it to take her to lunch.
                                                                   Just the two of you.



For more Dollar Tree ideas, head over here!


10 comments:

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  2. It was so much fun!! I will come with a camera, snacks and ready for wine and some great ballads!!!!

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  3. "Justice- $ 11 will get you nothing." Word! That made me laugh. Those tween girls do love Justice, but the prices set my hair on fire. Love your gift basket idea.

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  4. That's such a great idea, and it looks fab!

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  5. Nice!I love the dollar store. You really can find some fun things there. I know the one near my house was even selling DVDs for a buck. I got one to use as a prize for a holiday party my friend and I through.

    -Lauren

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  6. I love it!!! The dollar store has some great things now a days. Awesome!! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  7. I have a 13 year old daughter...I can attest to everything you shared here! And I'm with ya, WHY?? the drama.. and it starts so early.
    Great gift ideas!! I will be copying for sure.
    Now following on Twitter
    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  8. Thanks for the sweet comments ladies! Yes, DT is my saving grace!

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