My beautiful little niece is seven next month. Seven! The years really have flown by. I dread to think how emotional I’ll be in November when Gray turns four. Yikes.
Unfortunately, I don’t really get to see my side of the family that much, as they (mostly) live in Mid-Wales and we live down in Kent, it works out (with potty breaks for Gray) to be about a five-hour drive to my Mums. Ugh.
Whenever I mention how hard it is to be so far from them I inevitably get ‘why can’t you move closer?’ Well a whole lot of reasons, that’s why. It really never is as simple as all that. This is just the way things have ended up right now and I don’t think we’d be happy moving anywhere else at the moment.
We just so happen to be going to visit at the end of September, so I figured getting her gift sorted and taking it up with us in advance would really be the best option.
It’s a shame really, if we did live close enough we’d never have to pay for childcare, that’s for sure!
So, my sweet little niece! Seven! Eeeep!
We are somewhat restricted on extravagance at the moment with our finances, which my brother understands, fortunately. Despite the budget I wanted to make my niece something special.
In the end I settled on a present that would be fun, special and extremely budget friendly, not to mention would make a great idea to share with everyone for birthdays, Christmas, Easter and more! Really any gift giving event you can think of, this will work!
I decided to go for her favourite colours (pink and, well… sparkly), Favourite film (Frozen) and some sassy ‘big girl’ accessories. I wanted it to be a mix of a ‘little girl who loves Disney’ and ‘little girl who’s growing up’ feel, as that is where she’s at.
It makes me sad how quickly they grow, I swear I didn’t grow up this fast!
Here’s the list:
- White ‘butterflies with jewels’ personal mirror
- Tub of strawberry flavour pink candyfloss
- Selection of cute and funky Alice bands in pinks and turquoises
- Frozen Elsa and Anna picture socks (yes, socks :P)
- Pink jewelled effect sunglasses
- Selection of pink/purple/sparkly/jewelled etc hair bands
- Disney Princess ‘shimmer lotion’ (basically a glittery skin cream?)
- Pink sparkles nail polish
There, I think that’s a pretty well balanced mix of ‘still a kid’ and ‘growing up’ for a little girl, right? I usually like to be a little less gender-stereotyped, but some little girls just love pink!
Pink and sparkly, check. Disney and Frozen, check. ‘Grown-up’ make-up etc, check. All the things this soon to be seven-year-old (argh!) loves.
She also has lovely thick hair and loves having it plaited like Elsa, so I couldn’t resist some hair accessories!
I had planned to pick out a fancy basket or something but I couldn’t see any that were suitable. So, I picked up a cute Frozen reusable gift bag to put it all in that she could use as a sleep-over bag or something?
It’s pretty sturdy, I was actually really impressed with the quality. It’ll come in handy, I’m sure!
I also happened to have a selection of pink and purple tissue paper I use for gift wrapping in the cupboard, woohoo! So I decided it would be fun to wrap each item individually.
As always, Gray is the one who makes the card! He was very insistent about what his cousin would like on hers.
(Sparkles, it’s always sparkles.)
(I’m pretty sure I haven’t bought a single birthday/xmas card since Gray discovered crafts!)
Total cost, not including the tissue paper (I’ve had that forever anyway):
That’s it! Just £8 for this adorable gift selection, which is perfect for my niece’s tastes.
How easy and cheap was that? The best thing is it doesn’t feel ‘cheapy’ cheap. The gift is personalised to be all the things she likes and has enough components that it doesn’t feel like a last-minute, thrown-together, thoughtless kind of deal.
I really hope she likes it, I’ll be waiting eagerly for a call from my Brother at the start of October to hear how it was received, I’m hoping it goes down well, as I now have a whole lot of ideas for Christmas!
But one thing at a time!
If you’re interested, I’ve found some bits to make your own version the super lazy/convenient way; through Amazon! You may pay a few extra pounds but hey, you don’t have to leave the house!
*Note: these are affiliate links!*
Here are some cute hair accessories:
A Frozen nail polish!
All together this list from Amazon would cost you £9.57, not bad at all! (Just don’t forget about postage!)
These personalised gift bundles are so much fun to put together, my Christmas ones for my Mum and Nan always include some homemade bath bits! I’ll be sharing the recipes for those soon!
Do you do anything special/homemade when it comes to gifts? Know any great ideas that are frugal and budget friendly? Please leave a comment and share! I’d love to hear it!