Frugal Birthday Gift Ideas


With my birthday coming up… TOMORROW I wanted to write a post to help others come up with some fun and frugal gift ideas for birthday presents or activities.

Scavenger Hunt: This one isn’t new to many people. If you want an activity that last all day long, come up with a set of riddles and clues, each clue leading to another destination with yet another clue and at the end, a Birthday Present. Or make it a photo hunt. Give the Birthday person a list of photos that must be taken before receiving a prize. The photos could be colored objects, landmarks in your town, or certain people.

Visit Local Spots: Most local places in your town that are entertaining are, you guessed it: FREE! Check out the Zoo, Library (Free to check out books, and Rentals on movies), Museum, Art Gallery, or you can go places that cost little money like the Ice Rink, Budget Movie Theater, or Beaches and Pools. Here are some more “Cheap Date” Ideas that you can do for your sweetheart on their birthday.

Button Making!

D.I.Y. Workshop: Green Bay has a D.I.Y. Shop where you can make presents for people you know. at D.I.Y. Studio and Gifts you can host a party and make things like Lip Balm, Head Pieces, Stamped Metal Art, Screen Printed Items, Jewelry Making, Yarn Making, and many other Crafty items.

Felt hearts filled with rice are great little hand warmers in the winter time.

This is a great idea from craftster.org. 52 things to love about someone.

Making Presents: Felt is an inexpensive and versatile fabric that can be crafted into MANY presents. Here are some ideas I’ve found in the past. And check out Part 1 and Part 2 of old posts I wrote on being your own Christmas Elf that still holds true for Birthday Gift making.

Find out what time your birthday person was born, and make them little gifts to open every hour,  ( for a 12 hour time span) or all day!

Art Supplies: As a child I would have loved to get some crafty items to create things myself. You can go to the Dollar Store first, and see what they have to offer. They could have coloring books, pencils, markers, stickers, and even a basket to put it all in. Then you can go to your local box store (I LOVE Target and Hobby Lobby) to find what you couldn’t at the Dollar Store.

Gift Basket: This one is a given. I love to think of ideas to arrange in a basket, an idea that fits a theme is best. Say, “Italian Night” with pasta, sauce, fabric napkins, a great movie like “A Good Year” or “Under the Tuscan Sun” and some candles, all inside a new colander. Or you can do a Detective basket with a mystery book, magnifying glass, “Sherlock Holmes”, and a pen with a feather taped to the end of it, for some detective note taking.

This would be a great gift for a handy person, father, brother, or new home owner.

Make a Card: You can get some inexpensive paper at your local craft store, probably for the price of a card! And you’ll have paper left to make cards all year long!

Photo Frame with Children’s Book Picture: I did this one year for Christmas, I went to thrift stores, and found children’s books that had pictures or pages that reminded me of certain people. I also purchased frames at the thrift stores. As much as it pained me to cut the books, I took those specific pages that reminded me of people and framed them, and gave them as presents. My dad was a page from “Hop on Pop”.

Pictures: You can go onto webistes like Walgreens, or Snapfish to print some pictures of you and the Birthday Person together, and get an inexpensive frame to share the memories. You can also use sites like Shutterfly to create a special book with your photos.

A memory book like this would take a little more time, but for someone special, would be the PERFECT gift, and cherished for a long time. Via Martha Stewart, the queen of scrapbooks.

Throw a Party! Here are some ideas to throw a last minute party on a budget. You can do a BYOB or potluck to save on money. Why not throw a themed party? Dress like your favorite movie character as a child, or pick a decade, and play themed music along with playing movies in the background from that era.

Hand made invites to a special party!

It’s a Star Wars Themed Party!

Oh, and Don’t forget the Cake. Why not go to the grocery store, get the most awesome cake flavors, sprinkles, icing, candles, and little sugar figurines, and make a cake for that person? Hand crafted is way better than store bought!

Cake ideas from one of my favorite Blogs, Breakfast at Toast.

I hope I can inspire you to create a great birthday for your special loved one! Happy Birthday-ing!

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