20 Unique and Budget-Friendly Return Gift Ideas for Kids


Your child’s birthday is a special time, filled with joy and pleasure. This is also why birthdays can become extremely expensive. At most birthdays, children who attend the party leave with party favours or return gifts. These inexpensive gifts are often the trendsetter for your child’s future birthdays.


Tips on Picking Out Return Gifts

The ideas above are varied and cover a large spectrum. So, how do you pick out the most appropriate one for your child? These are some tips on picking out return gifts for your child’s birthday party.


1. Make a Guest List

Make a guest list, so you know the number of children attending the party. Unique gifts are great for small groups, but stick to easily available gifts for bigger groups, in case you run short at the last moment. Tip- always buy a few extras, to stay on the safe side.

2. Set a Budget

Whether your budget is big or small, always make sure to set one, as soon as you know the approximate number of children coming to the party. This will help narrow down your choices.

3. Keep Age-Group and Interests in Mind

Kids of different ages and different friend circles have varied interests. Your child’s interests are most likely to be reflected in his/her friend circle, so you should have a rough idea on what gift options you can choose from.

20 Return Gift Ideas for Children

It can be hard to help your child have a birthday that stands out, and unique return gifts can help with that. Here is a list of 20 unique return gift ideas that will help make your child’s birthday party the talk of the town:

1. Clay Kits

Clay Kits

One thing to remember when considering kids birthday return gift ideas is the theme. For a creative theme you could have numerous games that incorporate art into them. In this situation, a great return gift can be a kit with play dough in various colours.

Age Group:

This type of return gift is perfect for kids between the age of 3-5 years.

Price Range:

The clay kit as a return gift may cost between INR 30 – INR 100, per kit.

2. Miniature Board Games

Miniature Board Games

In an age of digital indulgence, having miniature board games as return gifts are a great idea, as they are not only is fun for the kids but it will gain favour with parents, as well.

Age Group:

These gifts are perfect for kids above the age of 5. Some board games may have small pieces that children who are too young may choke on. Hence, caution is advised.

Price Range:

Depending on the type of board games, each gift can cost anywhere between INR 100 to INR 250.

3. Toy Race Cars

Toy Race Cars

When considering a race car themed birthday, it only seems appropriate for the return gift to be tiny race cars. These types of return gifts are growing in popularity all over the world, and are especially popular amongst boys.

Age Group:

This perfect return gift for boys can be given to children above the age of 3.

Price Range:

Keeping price in mind, you can find fun and cute race cars for as little as INR 50, but cars from major brands usually cost more.

4. Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Animals

The options when considering birthday return gift ideas for toddlers can be immense. A safe bet is always a small stuffed animal.You can choose different animals, making your little one’s return gifts unique to each guest.

Age Group:

These gifts are perfect for little ones between the ages of 2-5 years.

Price Range:

A small stuffed animal can start at INR 100, but depending on the brand and size, can go above INR 250.

5. Puzzles


Another family-friendly return gift that is gender neutral and parents will appreciate as much as the children will, are puzzles. Puzzles can bring people together, increase the development of analytical thought in your child, and with fun images, can excite them and keep them occupied for a few hours.

Age Group:

It is recommended that you give this present to the children attending your child’s birthday, only if they are above the age of 5.

Price Range:

You can find puzzles at a local store starting at INR 100, but prices depend on the brand, size of the puzzle, and the store.

6. Piggy Banks

Piggy Banks

These return gifts are great for teaching children to save money, in a fun and cute manner. You can find different kinds of piggy banks and make the return gifts unique for each child.

Age Group:

This gift is great and will be a hit with kids and parents alike. It is perfect for kids above the age of 2.

Price Range:

You can find small, budget piggy banks starting at INR 150.

7. Jewellery Kits

Jewellery Kits

A trend that has been extremely popular amongst little girls are jewellery making kits. Basic jewellery kits have beads, strings, and glitter, but you can find more elaborate options too.

Age Group:

This gift has small parts that young children could choke on, thus, should not be gifted to children below the age of 5.

Price Range:

A starting price for children’s jewellery kit can be as low as INR 100.

8. Lunch Boxes

Lunch Boxes

These are great gifts for children, especially if the lunch boxes have fun cartoon prints on them. You can get one set for boys and another for girls.

Age Group:

These can be gifted to kids above the age of 3.

Price Range:

The starting price for a single lunch box can be INR 150.

9. Pencil Boxes

Pencil Boxes

Another useful and fun present for kids, cartoon themed pencil boxes are not just gender neutral, but practical as well.

Age Group:

You can give these gifts to kids as young as 3 years old.

Price Range:

A pencil box can cost you upwards of INR 75.

10. Kaleidoscope


These gifts will set you apart because it will fascinate the young ones, while teaching them about shapes and colours. These are educational, fun, and gender neutral.

Age Group:

These gifts are great for children above the age of 4.

Price Range:

You can find kaleidoscopes starting at the price of INR 150.

11. Finger Paints

Finger Paints

These return gifts are creative, fun, and will instantly be a hit amongst children. Finger paints also increase creativity amongst the young ones, making it a hit amongst their parents. This is magnificent because you will see children light up with joy, as they mix colours and have fun. Remember to buy non-toxic, children’s paints.

Age Group:

This is a great gift for children above the age of 3.

Price Range:

You can find a set of finger paints for a price as low as INR 100.

12. Snow Globes

Snow Globes

These are awesome gifts that will make your child’s friends jump with joy. Getting different snow globes will give all the kids a sense of uniqueness. Snow globes are entertaining gifts that children usually adore.

Age Group:

Snow globes are safe, fun, and can be given to children as young as the age of 1.

Price Range:

Starting at INR 75, these snow globes can go beyond INR 250, depending on size, design, and brands.

13. Pop-up Story Books

Pop-up Story Books

A fun and creative gift, this promotes reading and is fun for kids. Parents will thank you for the excitement that the pop up images cause during story time.

Age Group:

These storybooks are great at any age. You can even use this as a return gift for children who are just a year old.

Price Range:

Depending on the bookstore and story, these books can be as reasonable as INR 75.

14. Stickers


Children adore stickers. Getting cartoon sticker sheets are not just great when you’re on a budget, but are great statement presents for your children’s friends.

Age Group:

Stickers are great for children between the age of 3-5 years.

Price Range:

You can find sticker sheets for as little as INR 10.

15. Glow In The Dark Stars

Glow In The Dark Stars

A great present for children coming to your young one’s birthday are glow in the dark stars that can be stuck above their beds.

Age Group:

These can be great for children of any age.

Price Range:

These wall stickers can be as reasonable as INR 20- INR 50.

16. Crayons


All young children love art, and crayons inspire art. This is considered a classic return gift because it is so popular.

Age Group:

Crayons are great for children above the age of 3.

Price Range:

The price of a basic pack of crayons can be as low as INR 100.

17. Comics


A comic is considered one of the most popular return gifts for a reason. It promotes a reading habit, while keeping the child entertained.

Age Group:

This is perfect for kids above the age of 5.

Price Range:

You can find cute and fun comics starting at the price of INR 50.

18. Whistles


A traditional return gift, this will not just entertain children to no end, but also build musical abilities in them.

Age Group:

This is perfect for children above the age of 5.

Price Range:

You can buy a whistle for under INR 50.

19. Colouring Books

Colouring Books

Another way to encourage the kids at the party to stay creative, is by giving them colouring books. Children love to draw and colour, and this encourages them to do just that.

Age Group:

These are perfect for kids above the age of 3.

Price Range:

You can find affordable colouring books for as little as INR 75, based on brand and complexity of the designs.

20. Globes


Encourage the children’s sense of adventure, by sending them off from your kid’s party with a globe.

Age Group:

Globes are recommended for children above 5 years of age.

Price Range:

Globes are inexpensive and fun return gifts. They can cost as low as INR 150.

Remember, these return gifts and party favours are for children and parents alike, and can really tie a birthday party together. Find fun combinations for return favours, based the age-group and interests of the kids.