Gabriel turned four yesterday. FOUR. *sniff* It’s been such a pleasure watching this gift from God grow and develop.
I recently discovered the American spending average on a child’s birthday gift is $300. That’s just for gifts, mind you, and doesn’t include party or food expenses. Not only does that seem outrageously high to me, for our family at least, it’s an impracticality.
We live on a single income and do our best to avoid debt like the plague. So… $300 gifts are out of the question, except on the very rarest of occasions. Now, granted, preschoolers tend to be easier to please in the gift department than your techy-teenager might be, but I still think we parents pressure ourselves to make the day SO special, that we get distracted by all the party and gift options and forget what’s most important.
You. Your child wants you. He wants you to smile, make a big deal over him, spend time with him, and create memories. Family traditions don’t have to be expensive. They just have to have a lot of love.
So in today’s post, I wanted to share how we celebrated Gabriel’s special day without spending a fortune.
A pack of multi-colored balloons blown up and strewn around the house when he woke up – 97 cents
(Yes, you absolutely CAN buy your child used toys and gift them. Teach them to appreciate the TOY, not the price tag)
Eating those sandwiches picnic-style at the local park and playing together afterward – $0
Having dinner at the grandparents’ house – priceless 😉
Unfortunately, these were gone before I was able to grab a picture.
Total birthday expenses for a wonderful day – $31.97