I’ll be honest, the first rule of birthday’s is not my own creation, but I’m going to tell you about it, because it’s fantastic! I stumbled upon this trick several years ago on Pinterest, and since then, I’ve seen it several times. (Honestly, I don’t know who to credit at this point, but whoever you are, thank you!)
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Despite the fact that it’s not my own, I’ve stretched it and added two additional rules to round out birthdays in our household. So, without further ado, I give you the birthday rules we abide by:
Rule #1: Four Gifts
No more, no less. Four gifts. We break it down into the following categories:
Something You Want
No set rules to this category, it’s usually whatever the birthday boy or girl has asked for. In some cases, it’s whatever Mom and Dad choose to buy.
For instance, #1 will be gifted with a sweet, little, ride-on ATV for his upcoming birthday. He’s going to love it!
Something You Need
This tends to be something practical. One year I got Hubs a breakfast sandwich maker, because that was his jam at the time. Another time he got a My Pillow, because the man changes up his pillow preference frequently.
#1 will be receiving a Jurassic World Indoraptor, because, you know, he needs that!
I told you the categories could stretch.
This is your game, break the rules.
Something to Wear
Usually a t-shirt, occasionally a hat. Sometimes R2-D2 socks.
You could even stretch to accessories like earrings or a purse. I got a new pair of Sperry’s for my most recent birthday.
Something to Read
These days, most folks are much more apt to read books on a tablet, so you may consider an Amazon gift card or online purchase of a digital book. Otherwise, if you’re clueless on what to get, do some digging on the Best Seller lists. Chances are, you won’t go wrong.
Rule #2: $100 Budget
We stick to a budget and all four gifts have to fall into it. Which means some of the presents may end up on the dinky side. If the ‘want’ costs $85, you’ve got to figure out a ‘need,’ ‘wear,’ and ‘read’ for $5 a piece. Thank you, Five Below!
However it breaks down, sticking to the budget makes sure we don’t overspend and that we stay within reason.
How to Simplify the Budget
If you struggle sticking to a budget, I recommend purchasing a gift card for $100. Once the money on the gift card runs out, you’re done. Stop shopping, start wrapping!
Some exclusions from the $100 budget include shipping costs and tax. We don’t lump those in to the overall total. The birthday boy or girl shouldn’t get slighted because their present had to be mailed.
Birthday decorations, cake, and wrapping paper aren’t included in the $100 either.
Rule #3: Sprinkles for Breakfast
Another expense aside from the $100 budget is my insistence that the birthday boy or girl have sprinkles for breakfast.
When #1 was a wee one he was presented with silver dollar pancakes filled with sprinkles and topped with a candle. Now that he’s growing up, he’s asked for chocolate glazed donuts with sprinkles.
Naturally, that means he gets one donut for every year he’s been alive. They’ll be stacked up, and the top donut will have a donut hole in the center and a candle. It’s his birthday, after all.
The Rest of the Birthday
Gifts and breakfast aside, we always allow the birthday boy or girl to dictate the day. They choose lunch and dinner, which are usually eaten out, and any activity for the day.
My most recent birthday was spent running personal errands around town with Hubs and #1 in tow (without complaint). #1’s upcoming birthday will be spent at Chuck E. Cheese’s for lunch and McDonald’s for dinner. It’s kind of his thing at this age.
He’ll also get a small party at home.
What Special Birthday Rules do you Follow?
Tell me in the comments below and Happy Birthday!
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