The first three months of the year is peak kids’ birthdays down here. And, with birthdays, comes parties and with parties, massive expense for the parents of the party boy/girl. The cost for attendees’ parents is obviously less, but it can still mount up.
For the first party of the year, I sneakily re-gifted an unwanted, untouched Christmas present. And to my shame, I have also hijacked a couple of other discarded presents and they are already gift wrapped, ready to be presented to the next male birthday party-holder.
But now here’s the problem: girls. Not sure any of them would appreciate the very boyish presents I want to re-gift. So what do I give them? The boy has an invitation to the birthday party of one of his female classmates this weekend. So here’s the tightwad solution – and also one that said girl will no doubt prefer to some ill-chosen, age-inappropriate present I would get here, given that I know little of the ways of 11 year old girls – a ten pound note in a card.
Not just any card, either. I did pop into the local shops and couldn’t find anything for less than a couple of quid. In my experience, kids don't give a toss about the cards they are given as long as they aren’t obviously aimed at the opposite sex: so no pink fairies for boys, no dinosaurs for girls. Imagine my joy when I find a card for a whole 25p at Tesco: total bargain. And it’s not that bad, either. I’m sure the birthday girl won’t care, she’ll be more into the money inside.
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