Not Your Average Birthday Party Gift









Another weekend means another birthday party (or two!) on the agenda. If you’re tired of stocking up on Barbies and board games, consider purchasing one of these gifts next time your kiddo receives a invite. Plus, these cheap, cute products will still be deemed “cool” once middle school arrives.

Look to the stars. An astrological-themed gift will never go out of style. Pick out a Furbish poster (on sale for $18) featuring the birthday kid’s sign, or scoop up a porcelain constellation box (also on sale for $18). It could even double as a receptacle for  loose teeth before the Tooth Fairy arrives!

Get practical. For the tech-savvy kid, this bright lap desk ($25) from Barnes and Noble features a slot to hold tablets and has a no-slip pad for smart phones, making it even easier to multitask from the couch. makes cheery iPhone 5/5s covers ($25) in a variety of kid-friendly designs.

Think positive. What tween couldn’t use an extra dose of inspiration? These fun prints from Lulu and Georgia–”Be You,” ($15) “Everything You Can Imagine,” ($26-32), ”Be Yourself“ ($26-32)–will add a dash of color a preteen’s room, and their sayings will continue to ring true in the years to come.

Go old school. Think back to when you were a kid (if you can remember a world before iPads and iPods!) and go for classics such as a travel game pad ($9), set of glow-in-the dark stars ($12) for the ceiling, or a pack of clever sticky notes ($4). Purchase one of these J.Crew items and pair it with the birthday kid’s favorite candy, and you’ve got yourself a sweet, inexpensive present.

Celebrate the season.  A lightweight scarf, like this one from Old Navy, ($13) is a perfect summer gift, while a baseball hat, such as this Kohl’s cap, (on sale for $16) will help shield the sun’s rays. You’ll get bonus points for choosing a cap with a favorite team logo!

Hosting your own child’s birthday party? Craft a creative cake like the one below!

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How to Make a Dinosaur-Egg Cake
How to Make a Dinosaur-Egg Cake

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