Just as people bulk shop to save money on household items such as food and cleaners, the idea of purchasing in large quantities can also work for gift giving. Bulk buying not only saves money, you also save gas by procuring a large quantity of gift items at once. When you're brainstorming ideas for children's presents, consider the benefits of bulk shopping.
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Next time your kid gets invited to a birthday party, create your own goody box by using bulk candy and by allowing him to make the box. Buy inexpensive wooden boxes from the dollar or craft store. Let your child paint a box or decorate it with stickers, glitter and/or stick-on jewels. Buy bulk candy online or at a big box store; consider purchasing retro candies from decades ago (young children may not know what Lemonheads or Bottle Rockets are, but their parents will) or sugar-free lollipops. Buying a large supply of candies at once saves you money; for example, a bag of lollipops at the grocery store may cost £2 for 20 pops, but a package (144 pops per bag) from a big box store may only cost £3. Fill the newly decorated box and give as the gift.
If your kids' marbles are always getting lost under the couch, rolling away outside or being taken by other players, consider buying them in bulk and giving them as gifts. For each birthday, holiday, good report card or special occasion, you can give a net bag of new marbles. Consider purchasing speciality marbles for the holidays, such as ones with hearts for Valentine's Day, pastel marbles for Easter, and green ones for St. Patrick's Day. Marbles are available from a wide variety of wholesalers online, who offer designs such as swirl, cats eye, evil eye and matt. You can even take advantage of further discounts by buying discontinued bulk marbles.
Start kids on a new collection by giving them rubber ducks as gifts. Rubber ducks have come a long way from the simple, yellow bathtub toys. Now, ducks come decorated in a variety of designs--holiday-themed, ones representing professions such as firemen and police officers, animal shapes--and sizes, from large floaters to mini-ducks. Find ducks that suit you kids' interests (such as ballerina ducks, sports-team logo ducks or vampire ducks) and save money by buying in bulk. Rubber ducks may be purchased online through party supply companies. Each holiday season, new ducks become available, usually in sets of 12 or 24. For extra savings, wait until after the holiday and purchase the ducks when they go on sale (sometimes at up to 50 per cent off), then store them for future gifts.
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