by David Everett Strickler,

When you have children, birthdays and holidays seem to take up a lot of the year. The more occasions you have to celebrate, the more gifts you need to buy. This also means you must spend lots of your time on finding the perfect gift for them; one which strikes the perfect balance between being educational and thoughtful. This can be tricky to do when you have limited funds and time, but it is not impossible. In fact, it can even be lots of fun and will be more than worth it when you see the joy on your child’s face when they receive it.

Create a budget

As with most things, it can be easy to go overboard when buying gifts for the people you love. Children are no exception. Although you will want to get them something great, you should also bear in mind how much you can afford to buy. Ideally, you should set a budget a few weeks in advance of the special occasion, one for small presents, and one for the main one. There are some sites which allow you to buy otherwise expensive gifts for a fraction of the price, which will save you a lot of money.

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by Kira auf der Heide,

Take note of their passions

Every child enjoys hobbies and passions when they are growing up. To encourage these passions and find a gift that pulls at their heartstrings, you should take note of what they love doing. For many children, sports are something they dedicate their free time to, and you can easily capitalize on this by buying sports gear or tickets to big games for them to enjoy. If your child isn’t that sporty, it is more than likely they will have a favorite band or artist that they listen to non-stop. Giving them concert tickets allows them to experience their passion in a whole new way, but you should remember to buy these tickets from trusted ticket sale sites.

Start online shopping

Rarely do parents have enough time to go out shopping for gifts. This is where you should take advantage of newer innovations like online shopping, where you can find the perfect gift in the space of a few minutes and have it delivered straight to your door. Not only do online outlets give you more variety to choose from, but you can read testimonials and reviews to make sure you are getting the highest-quality gifts for your child.

Make it personal

There is nothing that people love more than having a thoughtful gift presented to them. For families who are struggling with money, having a handmade gift or vintage item handed down to them can make for a truly wonderful moment. The best thing about such gifts is that you don’t need to be super crafty to make them. In fact, handmade quilts and soft toys can be made by almost anyone. If you are stretched for time, you can always go on sites like Etsy to find customizable items and unique pieces.

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is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.