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I’m still in disbelief that I have a five year old. I know we all say it a lot, but time really does fly by. I blinked and my tiny, newborn rainbow baby is in her first year at school celebrating her fifth birthday. Read on to discover some of my favourite choices for birthday gift ideas for five year olds… including my own fun and free (or at least budget-friendly) ideas and some things Squidgy asked for.
“Grown-up” toy dolls
Plan a magical party
Turning five has been a big deal for Squidgy. I’m not sure why, but she seems to think that five is so grown up. Now that she has started school and has a group of friends she decided she wanted her first "proper" party with friends instead of just family. I think rather than physical gifts to unwrap, throwing an awesome party can sometimes be a perfect gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. We just had three of Squidgy’s best friends over at our house with a small buffet and some party games like musical statues!
Vtech toys aren’t just for babies and toddlers
Myla the Vtech make-up unicorn
As with many Vtech toys, Myla the make-up unicorn is full interactive with so many different things from sound, to colour, to movement for kids to enjoy. She is also one of Squidgy's (and Pickle's!) favourite toys.
Vtech Kidizoom® pink camera
Get crafty with Disney princess Aquabeads
This set even comes with a container to keep the beads separate by colour, so once the plastic bead palette is popped onto your chosen template you can make one of four Disney princesses. Once the water is sprayed onto the beads and it is left to set, the Disney princess playset even comes with a bead peeler to be able to remove the character without accidentally breaking it apart.
Roll out in style with some heelys
Just before Christmas Squidgy asked for Heelys after seeing a girls going up and down the high street in them. We didn’t think she was quite old enough, but decided as she was still asking, to get some for her birthday. This beautiful purple and pink pair are from Skates* (and I even have some too!) She is still a little unsteady on them, running on her toes like a ballerina if she doesn’t want to use the wheels but she is definitely getting better, and finding it easier with practice. I don’t know what she likes more about her new Heelys… the colours being her favourite, the fact they have hearts on or even better the fact that the purple H shape on the side lights up!
Go classic with Sylvanian Families
You can’t go wrong with Fingerlings
Plus it matches the Fingerlings mini she got inside her stocking at Christmas... both are purple and unicorns, two of her favourite things. Squidgy loves them, and they are just two of so many different Fingerlings characters from monkeys to dragons in a variety of colours and each individually named. They stay with Squidgy indoors and out, that is at least until her best friend, my fur-baby Pebbles, comes along and wants some fuss!
Organise a play date
Sometimes the best gifts don't have to cost the earth. One of Squidgy's favourite things to do is have her friends over for dinner or a play date. All you need is the number of the parents to contact them and organise a play date of choice. A few top ideas for throwing a perfect birthday play date include:
If the weather is nice, head out to the local park. Playing tag in woodland, or having a picnic or simply giving them the chance to play on swings and slides is a great way for them to have fun and run of energy.
If you don't fancy a trip to the park, you can still have fun outdoors at home. Set up a garden treasure hunt, or think about getting some pavement chalks if you have a patio.
Indoor play dates can be just as fun. Get out crayons, pencils, and paints (if you're not afraid of a little mess!) and let the children get crafty.
Useful, fun and well-loved gifts from Smiggle*
Even Pickle loves it and with adjustable straps and being quite a lightweight bag, it’s easy for either of my girls to carry which makes it even more perfect!
There are so many different products that I could have included in this gift guide, but I have included just a few of my favourites. Now you have some awesome gift ideas for five year olds to suit most any budget. I hope you are able to pick out your children some great gifts this year, and they have a really wonderful birthday!
For more gift ideas for members of your family, check out my Gift Guides category. If you have any questions about any of the products and ideas included in this gift guide, feel free to ask in the comments section below.