Both of my boys have birthdays in January, so we keep things simple in the gift department for a few reasons.
- We’re aspiring minimalists and don’t see the value in buying lots of things that they neither need, want, nor will use.
- They’re just not into toys like that, so what they ask for is what they’ve noticed they need through actual play. Since they’re very specific as to what they want, we usually get what they ask for, as long as it doesn’t exceed a $50 budget. Or pretty close to budget. 😉
- Christmas is so close that they have usually already have the gifts they asked for so additional gifts aren’t given, so we encourage them to ask for experiences over gifts because they usually have more fun than with physical gifts.
The boys’ birthdays are only eight days apart, so sometimes we combine their gift(s) (think having a combined birthday party or outing), or we let them celebrate separately with their own gifts. This year, they wanted different things, so we obliged. My now six-year old’s birthday comes first, and he wanted to go to SkyZone, an indoor trampoline park, so we went. We’ve gone to a different one before; you can check that out here. We went on Homeschool Day which saved us about $18 between all three children, so we only spent $40. Under budget birthday gifts are the best! We went to McDonalds at his request and his day was made.
Then, my oldest son turned ten year old last week. T-E-N. I’m still in shock. Any who, I wanted to share what we got him to show that you can still give gifts while being an aspiring minimalist. He had a $50 budget and I made sure we received just what he asked for. We celebrated with some cupcakes and pizza as well.
Check out the video below to see what he got!
So, that’s how we celebrate birthdays from a minimalist perspective.
Do you do the same?
Let me know how you do it in the comments below!
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