Just a few days to go before the end of term and party season is at its peak as parents try to squeeze in a birthday party before everyone disappears for the summer. We have five parties this weekend, including one of our own so I need to keep costs down.
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Here are my Top 10 Presents for 5-year-olds that cost less than £5:
1. Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy
What: A crazy collection of poetry written by Michael Rosen (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) and illustrated by Quentin Blake. This wonderful combination of two books of poetry also comes with a CD read by Michael Rosen himself. Excellent value for money for a classic book of amusing poetry that all youngsters will enjoy.
From: The Book People
2. Suncatcher Letters
What: A suncatcher available in a variety of patterns in all letters of the alphabet. Each kit contains a plastic suncatcher, applicator and brightly coloured paints to create and personalise your suncatcher. Buy more than one so that the recipient can spell out their name and then hang them in their bedroom window.
Cost: £1.10 each
3. Decorate Your Own Wooden Aeroplane/Train/Racing car
What: A fun project for any 5-year-old that likes to make things. These wooden kits come with dowel rods, glue, paints, paintbrushes, decals and, of course, a wooden plane/train/racing car that can be decorated however you want. Easy and fun to make.
4. Map Maze Book
What: A great paperback book for both boys and girls. Learn about the world at the same time as finding your way out of a maze.
5. Dinosaur Dot-to-Dot
What: An entertaining and educational dot-to-dot book. Also available in a seashore, space or nature theme.
6. Everyone Loves Colouring Giant Posters City Scape
What: Two giant colouring posters and 12 marker pens make this a great value gift for anyone that loves colouring in. The posters measure 295cm x 1 metre and come in a few different themes (Deep Sea, Natural World).
From: The Book People
7. French Knitting Princess
What: A cute, wooden, princess-shaped knitting doll complete with six different coloured wools plus instructions.
8. Unicorn stencils
What: A set of five unicorn stencil sheets for creating your own magical creature. Also available in dragons, dinosaurs, fairies, princesses, knights, horses and dance.
Cost: £5.45 (oops – a smidgen over)
9. Fawn Necklace
What: An adorable, adjustable, wooden necklace by Djeco. It comes in a pretty box which makes it an ideal gift. Also available as a swallow or an owl.
10. Top Trumps
What: The classic game of Top Trumps is available in a variety of different themes from Paw Patrol through to The Wonders of the World. A great tool for teaching 5-year-olds to read and understand numbers.
Ok, this tip is not technically from Granny but from a Nanny I met whilst waiting for my daughter. She buys book box sets from The Book People and wraps a few books each time as a birthday present. The Book People have a wide variety of book collections from Dr Seuss, How to Train Your Dragon, Roald Dahl, to my own personal favourite, Brambly Hedge. Each book ends up costing on average £1.30 so you can gift up to three books and still get change from a fiver.
Over To You
I hope you found some inspiration for affordable yet good quality presents for 5-year-olds in the Top 10 list above. If you were looking to spend a little more, then check out my Top 10 Gifts for 5-year-olds under £10. As ever, if you find any great gifts under a fiver, that you would like to share, then please comment below.