Life is Strange. Well, sometimes. I'm gonna get a little preachy here, do please forgive me.
Gorgeous PINK (dammit lol) glittery bike for $4 - looks almost new!! Along with the $5 Princess adjustable helmet - we were SET!!!
She got a butterfly bag, three coloring-in books - the fairy one glows in the dark, adores that one. A reading Pop Up Book, Painting kit, make-up, a frilly purple tshirt/dress (size 10), Princess Games Box and a Packet of Scrapbooking Items. Some makeup lipglossy stuff and a little box to keep them in and Princess DVD.
And a handmade dress from me.
Now, here's the preachy part. Most of the things that A got for her birthday were secondhand. Of course the coloring-in and painting books were new, that goes without saying, but they were discounted from the Cheap shop. The bag, pop-up book and the HUGE Princess Games box were $5.00 together from our Rummage Sale, the Scrapbooking Pack was $10 from the Kindy's Auction Night, the purple frill dress was $4 (Bestie Bought That - Ain't She Gorgeous??!!) The make-up was discounted from Spotlight @ $2.95 and the box was another part of the $5 from the Rummage Sale. The handmade dress was a $2.50 Op Shop buy that I altered to fit A and added some lace and such stuff. And the Princess DVD was $2.50 from an Op Shop.
All up, including the items that my best friend purchased for us (money a bit tight) we spent about $35 over a period of three months. Amazing what you can get when you plan ahead. I don't think we spent any more than $5 at any one time (other than the Auction). Not one item was 'dodgy', all contained their pieces (the Princess Box still had most of its games still in their original plastic packaging.) or were still in near New condition.
It absolutely boggles my poor mind when people tell me that they can't afford to buy their kids birthday or Christmas presents. As you just saw, my 5 year old daughter had the best time of her life, adored her gifts and begged to take most of them to Kindy today!
What upsets me is the fact that Its not like the date changes every year and suddenly jumps out from behind a bush and says "It's Her Birthday!!!" You actually have 12 months to prepare between each day! To be completely honest, A would have been happy with one or two items and a celebration brekkie!
All it really took was a budget of $5 a fortnight and not much time. Add to the fact that all the Big Stores have Christmas Sales in July (we are currently paying off $5 a week on a Big Gift for A), there is NO, I repeat NO excuses why your kids need to miss out!!!!!
End Of Lecture!
Here's the "What Could Be Better" part...
I got a dress form our Favorite Op Shop - Second Chances and altered it for A. Oddly enough, it wasn't the MOST favorite item of the day, but when her Best Friend came over to wish her a Happy Birthday, he saw it, and his little eyes lit up!
There Is Nothing Better Than A Dress That Twirls