Wow. I'd forgotten about this spring birthday gauntlet. It's been awhile since we've shared present ideas for different ages, so can we do another one of those posts today?
I'm thinking specifically birthday presents, which in NYC is the $20-25 range.
I've been giving books lately. Not out of any high-minded theory that kids should be reading more, but just because I can't keep track of toys, and books usually don't have extraneous parts.
Hey, while we're at it, can we share ideas for goody bags? I decided a few years ago only to give music and consumable items in goody bags. Every year I mix a CD of that child's recent favorite songs and give that, along with various food items (banana, fruit leather, peanut brittle--just kidding, candy if the kids are old enough, etc.). If I'm really feeling prepared I might throw in some stickers. The kids may think it's lame, but I'm happy with it, and the older kids think getting a custom CD is cool. (Is anyone else thinking about the mix tape scenes in High Fidelity?)
So: Birthday gift ideas for different ages, price range for birthday presents in your area, and goody bag ideas. Feel free to toss in anything else birthday-related you can think of.