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#1 FauxPas

Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:31 AM

Hello everyone

the "would you invite the twin" birthday party thread had quite a few references to "average spend"

what is your average spend for a birthday party your child has been invited to?

DS is 4 years old so we only have a few parties we attend each year.  I tend to spend $30 but may settle for something for $20 if it is a really nice gift.  I wouldn't necessarily feel the need to spend up to $30 but have mostly had difficulty in finding nice items below that amount.  original.gif

#2 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:37 AM

20-30 including the wrapping and card. My MG has a $10 limit.

#3 Peppery

Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:55 AM

I usually spend around $30.

#4 JustBeige

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:08 AM

Between $15 - 30 including wrap and card.

#5 Carmen02

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:41 AM

i try for 15-20 but did go up to $30 for one of DDs last party at the bowling alley.

#6 Bel Rowley

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:41 AM

I usually spend $20ish. My kids and their friends are still so little, the 4 year old girls especially seem to be happier with an assortment of 10 cheapo little pieces of jewellery, stationery and hair clips than they would be with 1 gift that cost $40.

#7 ~Supernova~

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:45 AM

I tend to usually end up at around the $30 mark. Enough to get something somewhat decent. I re-use gift bags, which helps too. We also often make our own cards. That way I get to spend more on the gift, instead of an insanely overpriced $6 card.

#8 The Old Feral

Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:50 AM

$15-20 plus wrap and card.

I have a great toy warehouse nearby and stock up on sale items, so the gifts are usually worth more.  Last year one boy received a Lego  transformers set marked down from $120!

#9 Coops07

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:21 AM

With my group of friends we pool our $$ to get either a large gift or a selection of gifts.  We all put in $20 and get anywhere between $180-$220.....  This includes wrapping & card..

#10 cameo

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:26 AM

I spend $15 tp $25.  Mostly aorund $20.  Cards are $1 or less and wrapping paper is DD's artwork for her parties and cheap wrapping paper for DS's parties.  I can't afford to spend more than that as DD and DS were invited to at least 16 parties between them last year.

#11 Spa Gonk

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:37 AM

I spend around $10-15.  I stock up when I see things on special, so the presents are worth more than that.  We tend to make cards and wrapping paper.  This is for school friend type birthday parties.  For close family friends it is around $30.

#12 Rubyduck

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:38 AM

Generally between $15-$25 depending on the age of the child, my son is under 10 so his friends having a party still like toys but my daughter is a teenager so for her party's it's $20 in a card or a $20 iTunes voucher.I wouldn't spend $6 on a card for anyone I buy the $1 cards from the local corner store (also sold in tobacconists) they have nice pictures on the front but empty inside no quotes etc so it ends up a little more personal having to write your own birthday wishes.

#13 The Falcon

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:39 AM

It really depends on who's birthday it is.

My Nephew - $100
A good daycare friend of DD's - $30-50
My friends terribly spoilt DD - $15

#14 Feral_Pooks

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:42 AM

Probably around $20 but there aren't that many at the moment. What I tend to do is buy presents, cards and wrap when I come across things cheaply which I think would make good gifts. I have a spot I store them all in, and when a party comes up I check my stash first. Also anything that needs regifting like double ups on gifts DS has gotten or things he has already outgrown blush.gif

#15 FeralCrazyMum

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:43 AM

Around $20-25.

I buy wrapping paper in bulk every so often and either get cheap cards or DS makes one, so that doesn't really add to the cost.

#16 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:56 AM

QUOTE (kate789 @ 24/02/2013, 07:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It really depends on who's birthday it is.

My Nephew - $100
A good daycare friend of DD's - $30-50
My friends terribly spoilt DD - $15

I get spending more on family / special friends, but that just  seems mean spirited, purposely spending less because you deem her spoilt.

#17 rocketsurgeon

Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:04 AM

About $50 all up per child for nieces and nephews and my friends' kids. For daycare friends and not so close friends and family its $30. We attended about 20 last year, we might have a few weeks without one, then it would be 2 on one day or 3 in as many weeks. We had 3 in January, none in February and 4 lined up for March aready.

#18 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:37 AM

for friends, the average spend is $15-$25, including card and wrapping (in saying that, we get $1 cards and $1 wrapping paper).  For special/best friends, we might spend $30-$40 maybe, depending on what the gift is.  

For nieces/nephews, we spend $30-$50 (more for the older ones)

#19 brazen

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:40 AM

generally $15-20 though i will spend more for a good friend

#20 EsmeLennox

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:44 AM

Average $30 including wrap and card.

#21 laridae

Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:51 AM

$20 max.  Even for neices & nephews as we have lots.
i do get stuff on soecial/clearance though - so the RRP might be higher.

eg Its my nieces birthday today, she wanted some oil paints & canvases to paint on.

Canvases $3 each from the Reject shop (got 2), $5 set of oil paints from Spotlight & $6 set of paint brushes (lots of different types) from Spotlight.  $2 for a card from the Reject Shop, and we already have rolls of birthday wrapping paper (about $2 each from teh Reject shop).

Even my DD's 'big' xmas present was only $50 (a junior masterchef wooden kitchen I got on clearance).  Kids get so many presents for their birthdays, they really don't need a lot.

#22 Jembo

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:06 AM

$20 max, or the less the better if I can find something.  The kids always make a card, and I recycle wrapping paper and bags.

We tend to have a run of parties, so it gets expensive quick, this week we have had 3.

#23 choccy2

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

$20- $25 max including card / wrapping for school friend party gift.

high school bit more

#24 Swelle

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

School gifts 25-40 depending on the childs interests
Young nephews 50
Teen nephew 100

#25 Milamum09

Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:19 AM

I usually spend around $30 plus wrapping and card.

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