Here is the problem: The twins have been invited to the birthday party of a little girl turning five. I need two presents by this weekend. I’m looking for things that cost about ten dollars, although less would be even better. I have a few things I’m considering buying, and I also have some maybes on the gift shelf.
Stomp Rocket Jr Glow Kit (photo from Amazon.com). My mom has a stomp rocket and the kids LOVE it. I would prefer to get one WITHOUT the “glow” feature, but the glow one is marked down to $7.83 AND comes in a “junior” version, so…
Crayola Telescoping Pip-Squeaks Marker Tower (photo from Amazon.com). About $11. Maybe it isn’t the same in everyone’s house, but at our house we have an endless need for marker replenishment.
Hello Kitty Rhinestone Shirt (photo from Target.com). This is my top favorite idea for Elizabeth to bring as a gift. Elizabeth LOVES Hello Kitty, and I thought it would be fun to buy two of these and have Elizabeth wear one to the party and bring the other one wrapped. Also, I happen to know the family isn’t rolling in money, so it might be nice to give something practical.
And these are the things I already have on the gift shelf:
Paperoni Variety Pack (photo from Amazon.com). This would be a little more than I wanted to spend, except I bought it on a sale for $7.99 at Target a few months ago and put it on my gift shelf. But I hesitate, because my 9-year-old had a set of these and found them frustrating.
Pixos Alphabet Pack (photo from Amazon.com). At $16.99, this would be substantially out of my price range—but I found one at 75% off at Target a few weeks ago. Since the twins and the birthday girl are all starting kindergarten, a letter-themed kit seems timely and fun. She could make her name! But again, I wonder if this might be too difficult for a 5-year-old.
Melissa and Doug Magnetic Dress-Up Maggie Leigh (photo from Amazon.com). I think it might be too young for her.
Kittenwar: The Card Game (photo from Amazon.com). When I saw this in the Bargain Books section, I got very excited and bought it. So excited I didn’t look carefully, and confused it with the Kittenwar Postcard Book, which is what I ACTUALLY wanted. The game is played like War: each player puts down a card, and the person with the higher-ranking kitten takes both cards. This seems fun but it looks SMALL as a gift.
What do you think? Hello Kitty shirt and….?