7 all-purpose gifts for your last-minute birthday stash

7 all-purpose gifts for your last-minute birthday stash

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  • Between school and work and activities and life, we're all busy. Sometimes those birthday party invitations just sneak up on you, and trying to figure out how to fit in a pre-party gift run is panic-producing.

    It's helpful to have a small stash of gifts on hand that you can grab from at the last minute. Then all you need is a homemade card from your child, a recycled gift bag from the last party you hosted, and you're good to go!

    The keys to having a good birthday stash are to get a variety of gender-neutral and age-appropriate gifts. It's also important is to find a hiding place in your house, a place your kids won’t find but you'll remember.

    I try to keep my birthday present spend around $20 and look for deals when I'm out shopping (who doesn't love a good clearance section?). I've also been known to stock up on Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals.

    These are a few of my favorites.

  • Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad

    Art supplies are always a great go-to for birthday presents. This light-up tracing pad from Crayola is right in the budget sweet spot and since you can download different drawing templates for it, it's a great gift for any kid who likes to draw, no matter what subject matter they like. It's recommended ages 6 and older.

  • The Lego Ideas Book

    Over the years, LEGOs just seem to accumulate. What do you do with all those random pieces? This book provides ideas, tips, and inspiration to make your own LEGO creations. The LEGO Ideas Book has won a bunch of prestigious children's book awards, it's affordable, and it's perfect for LEGO lovers.

  • PlayMonster Yeti in My Spaghetti

    A favorite in our house for game night, Yeti in My Spaghetti is a great birthday gift for ages 3 and up. Players set the yeti on top of a bowl of "noodles," then start pulling strands – if the yeti falls all the way into the bowl, the one who pulled the last noodle is the loser. This is silly, easy to play game will please any birthday boy or girl.

  • Paint by Sticker books

    Stock up on these Paint by Sticker books, because they're perfect for preschoolers through adults - I’m speaking from experience on this one. They'll keep any child’s attention, and are great for airplanes or spots where a quiet activity is necessary. The concept is simple: find it, peel it, stick the stickers into place and your masterpiece appears. This particular book is animal-themed but there are lots of other subjects: cats, unicorns, Halloween.

  • Crayola Super Art Coloring Kit

    A love for coloring, drawing, and creating spans ages and genders. This Crayola arts and crafts kit includes crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue, and all sorts of paper in a reusable storage tub. What parent doesn’t love a gift that stays organized? This gift offers hours of entertainment and so much bang for the buck.

  • Play-Doh Play-Date

    I have a love-hate relationship with Play-Doh but there is no denying that children love this classic toy. This set includes a variety of colors, a huge playmat, and a variety of cutters and shapers that encourage kids to make a pretend picnic, farm animals, people's faces, and other creations.

  • Hedstrom Ollyball The Ultimate Indoor Play Ball

    This is an indoor play ball that is guaranteed not to break a window. It's so soft and light that it won't leave marks on walls, either, but it's so durable that kids might play with it for years. This ball comes deflated which makes it easy to store in your birthday gift stash, and with a black-and-white pattern that can be colored in for crafty fun.

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