Awesome (and Affordable!) Birthday Gift Ideas for Classmates

Now that it’s the start of school again, it’s also (maybe) the start of school-friend birthday season again. The kids are always excited about the party, but it often brings up a conundrum for the parents — what is an awesome (and affordable!) gift for my child’s classmate? A kiddo that I likely do not know much about.

Awesome and Affordable Birthday Gift Ideas for Classmates

Below are some easy, foolproof, and universally appealing ideas for elementary schoolers. These gifts can be purchased in the Iowa City area through small retailers or large national retailers.


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Wrap-Able Gifts

  • Art supplies or craft kits — try shopping at Blick.
  • Bath bombs! You can find these at Basin at Hy-Vee.
  • Pool toys or other outdoor items. Scheels is a great place to find these and other sporting items.
  • Bubble wands or sidewalk chalk. Dollar Tree has these and other fun kids’ items!

What are some of your go-to gift ideas for your kid’s classmates? If you’re looking for birthday party ideas for your child check out our Iowa City Area Birthday Party Guide!

Iowa City Area Birthday Party Guide


Brigette lives in North Liberty with her husband Brian, energetic daughter Kate (October 2014) and their two cats, Penny and Olive. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Brigette came to Iowa City to attend the journalism school at the University of Iowa, fell in love with the area, and decided she couldn’t leave. After meeting Brian while working at the same Iowa City restaurant in college, they got married in August 2015 in the heart of downtown. She works full time in project management and as an employee of the Core Fitness Kids Club while finishing her MBA at Upper Iowa University. In her free time, she drags Kate out garage sale-ing, tries to keep up with her reading list and runs, lives for Hawkeye football season, enjoys a good meal on a patio, runs her Bachelor/Bachelorette bracket with her family and friends, and of course, chases her daughter around the pool and the park.


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