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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ran out of birthday gift ideas for 5 year old boy and 7 year old girl

We've always wanted to make every birthday gift extra special and memorable for the kids because usually we don't do have a party for them. So the main gift comes from us. I think so far we have because they remember each of their birthday gifts quite well (because we constantly remind them). lol. However, we're beggining to run out of ideas! The going to be 5 year old boy's birthday is next week and the going to be 7 year old girl's birthday is next month.

So far for each of their birthdays we have got them the following gifts.

For the boy

1st birthday - A rocking horse (I remember looking really hard for this one. We had seen it earlier and really like it but then we waited and when it was close to his birthday, it ran out of stock! So we went all over to search for it.)
2nd birthday - A stuffed toy dog (He really liked this one too but then later on he had rashes and the paeditrician told us to keep away any stuffed toys and so the poor toy door sits in an empty drawer till now. I guess thats why the kids still love it so much.... because of the fact that its forbidden.)
3rd birthday - A motorized bike. (He loves this one very very much till now.)
4th birthday - A lego duplo toy set (He didn't seem to like this one very much but last night he took it out and fixed everything himself by looking at the pictures and he seemed to have a good time playing with it. Maybe it wasn't age appropriate for him then but it is now.)

For the girl

1st birthday - A push toy that can be converted into a car that is "driven" by pushing the legs on the floor. (The kids still like to sit on this "Car" and "drive" it around once in a while.)
2nd birthday - A toy laptop (This is the lousiest gift of all. It didn't work very well after a while. She still asks for a toy laptop every now and then at the toy shop but each time we would remind her of this lousy one she had.)
3rd birthday - A musical keyboard (This is lovely and a good start for introducing music in a child's life. I still remember on her birthday she wore a cute denim shorts with sunglasses and she rocked by singing on the mike that came with the keyboard and dancing to the preset music. She looked so cute then. Oh, how fast the time has flown.)
4th birthday - A pop up house (Definitely a hit with the kids. They still pester me to open up their pop up house once in a while to play with it.)
5th birthday - A tv console game (She didn't like this at first but liked it later on after she learned how to play. We have since added on some new games for them which they enjoy occassionally eg on a Saturday morning when mummy wants to sleep in and daddy wants to play his pc game.)
6th birthday - A white board on an easel (This is a wonderful tool which we use now to teach the kids their school lessons. The kids love to write on it too. I guess it makes them feel like a teacher.)

Every gift has been special with its own set of memories and we hope to continue the tradition.

Every child is special and has different preferences but feel free to borrow my birthday gift ideas above if you like.

Does anyone have any good birthday gift ideas for a 5 year old boy and a 7 year old girl?


  1. 7th birthday for the girl can be a diary or a small wallet (teach her to keep money) or a small handbag?

    5th birthday for a boy....now that is the problem...maybe some sports games? Or maybe a remote control car? Or maybe a day at some activity filled fun place...Sunway Lagoon?

  2. MG, my suggestion:

    Give them each a gift
    of sharing. Tell them that birthday gifts are nice but sharing the gift or their birthdays without gifts with others would make them feel good. Let them share their birthday cakes with neighbors or friends or relatives where they would cut and give personally. You may also tell them the story of how you carry them in your tummy, how they are delivered into this world and let them make a wish for themselves and a wish of good health and happiness for everyone they love.

    I always think that children expect to receive gifts from us every year and if we fail to do so, they would not be happy. So, I wanna teach my children to be happy even without gifts.

    Just my thoughts. Ignore this if you plan to buy something for them.

  3. Ann,
    You know, the kids are spoilt with toys. They got all those from aunties and uncles during Christmas!

    Thats a lovely thought. In addition to a present we sort of did that with the girl last year when she selected and gift wrapped each and every party pack for all her school friends personally. She got each of their names, wrote them down on stickers, then we used transparent wrappers of different colors, cut them out, wrapped them up with different colored ribbons, we put in paper clips, a small toy, some chocolates etc. She picked each toy and decided which toy to give to which friend etc before sticking the name stickers on our gift wrapped goodies. She was really really happy about giving, the only thing she wasn't happy about was the fact that she didn't get to eat more of her cake accept one slice. Hahaha.

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  5. For the boy,
    maybe you could try a pirate set of Lego. I gave last year on Ian 5th b'day and he loves to play it till now.

    For the girl,
    what about a 'Do it Yourself' kit of fancy beads for making bracelet, necklace, etc. My girl really love it when I gave her one set.

  6. henny,
    Thanks for the suggestion. I was thinking of the beads too but I'm worried the brother will mess up the beads because he'd want to play with it too! Hahaha.

  7. wanted to steal ur idea for 2nd birthday idea for a boy.. but philip has already got a stuff animal...

    maybe give them a gift voucher n tell them they can choose whatever they want but limited to the voucher amount. this way, u can teach them money sense too..

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  10. These ideas are great, but it probably makese sense to split with friends since it may be costly. I especially love the vacation idea!Yours is a nice blog.

  11. These ideas are really awesome.!! I think a tv console gamewould be a nice gift for 5th birthday.

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