Families in Need: One Birthday Gift for My Child


Every child has at least one birthday gift they’d love to receive on their birthday. Some children are fortunate enough to receive most of the birthday gifts on their wish list while others may not receive even one birthday gift.

One Birthday Gift for My Child

One Birthday Gift for My Child is new to Nana Finds Ways to Help. Families in need may submit up to 5 birthday gift requests noting first, second, etc. choices, each valued up to approximately $30, and easily mailed or shipped within the United States. Nana Finds Ways to Help will publish your child’s (grandchild’s) birthday gift request in hopes that a reader will be interested in helping with your need to provide a birthday gift for your child.

Requests should be made as early as possible with the information listed below. Information noted as private will remain private until you directly submit it to the person responding to your request. Be aware, more information may be requested and/or a background check may be made before the donor decides to send a birthday gift to your child.

How to Submit a Birthday Gift Request

Submit your child’s (grandchild’s) birthday gift request below in the comment box after reading this post – request must be made by the parent or grandparent. Each child’s request is to be submitted separately. Requests are not seen by others until Nana approves them. There are no guarantees and offers are not binding, but I do hope and expect that birthday gift requests and offers will be made in good faith. For obvious safety concerns, do not meet in person…do not ask for or give cash…do not give personal banking or social securitty numbers…etc.

Note: If there is more than one child in the family, submit each request separately! If not all information is submitted as requested, your request may not be published. Do not submit requests more than one time.

Child’s age and birthday:
Child’s First Name:
Parent’s/Grandparent’s First and Last Name:
Street Address (priavte):
Town (private), State, Zip (private):
Phone No (private):
Why your child deserves to be considered:
Family in Need brief background:

It will be noted that there are requests for other children in the family…giving first name and birthday date as a reference.

Christmas Gifts: Bargain Gift Ideas


dollar store gift basketBargains Can Make Great Gifts

Summer is a great time to find bargains galore. When it comes to shopping for Christmas gifts on a very tight budget, it pays to look at the store ads online. When you see something that’s really cheap in cost, make a list of the item, cost, quantity allowed, store, how many you want, and who you are buying the gifts for.

This week I saw the Staples’ ad online. They always have great buys, especially when it’s time for Back to School. I made a list for myself on what I wanted to get for my Back to School supplies. When I went into the store, I saw some things that would make great Christmas stocking stuffers for almost everyone on my list.Read more: Christmas Gifts: Bargain Gift Ideas

Gift Ideas | 10 Homemade Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts

…or Gifts for Dad for any occasion…

There’s nothing that makes a child happier than to give a homemade gift to Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, trophyor Teacher. Making a gift not only helps develop hand-eye coordination and other developmental skills, it also builds self-esteem which are necessary for growing up healthy. Helping a child make the homemade gift is a perfect opportunity for increasing a bond between the child and a significant adult or sibling.

For Father’s Day gift ideas, keep in mind that homemade gifts have advantages over purchased gifts:

  • more meaningful to the recipient
  • becomes a keepsake to cherish
  • more affordable than store bought gift
  • personalization can be added easily
  • homemade gifts are unique

Cheap Unique Gifts for Father’s Day

The following inexpensive, easy homemade gift ideas are perfect as Father’s Day gifts…visit the websites for full instructions:

  • Construct #1 Dad and #1 Son T-Shirts

Not much is cuter than seeing a dad and his son wearing matching T-shirts. Kids can make crafty shirts that are personalized for their beloved dads. All you need to get started is some blank T-shirts, fabric and fabric paint. Step-by-step instructions can be found at C4K555.org.

  • Personalized Handprint Coasters

Make coasters Dad will treasure forever. Using tumbled marble tiles (available at most hardwood stores), stamp a decorative pattern. Then place your little one’s handprint on the tile. Make sure to cover the tile in a waterproof glaze to prevent the ink from fading or washing away.  For complete directions, visit bhg.com.

  • Personalized Boxers

Monogram a pair of boxer shorts to furnish his dresser drawers. (Confirm Dad’s current waist size before proceeding.) Purchase iron-on letter patches at fabric stores. Place the letters D-A-D on the lower corner of the shorts and iron. Detailed directions can be found at bhg.com.

  • Family Marble Magnets

Give a set of magnets to Dad and he will need no reminder of how much you love him! These make a perfect gift for Father’s Day or any holiday gift. Visit Kaboose.com to find out how.

  • Trophy for Dad

Give Dad a shiny, gold trophy made with love for Father’s Day to show him he’s #1.  Personalize it because Dad is one of a kind. The trophy is a handmade Father’s Day gift idea from Kaboose.com.

  • Footprint T-Shirt for Dadfootprshirt1

Make a fun t-shirt full of real footprints and a special message. A great Father’s Day gift idea for Grandad, too! An easy to make T-shirt gift that can be found at About.com.

  • Make a Change Holder for Dad!

Get a seashell (you can usually find these at craft stores) about the size of your hand with your fingers spread out. Pick the deepest one(s) out and have your children decorate with paint, stickers, glitter, etc. Write Happy Father’s Day, the date, and your child’s name on the back of it. Now Dad can put it on the dresser or nightstand and put his change in one spot at the end of the day. This is especially great for younger children because it’s quick, easy, and doesn’t require very much skill. Frugal homemade gifts from Better Budgeting,com.

  • Father’s Day Book

“Each year the kids write their dad a letter about whatever they want (no help from mom). Then they decorate their page and we print a picture of all 5 kids together on our computer and that serves as the cover of their “Father’s Day Book.” We staple all the pages together. They love doing this and he loves reading his book. We have been doing this for about 6 years now and he still loves to go back and read his books from the kids and so do they!” More cheap homemade gifts can be found at  Better Budgeting.com.

  • Framed Photo for Dad’s Rearview Mirror

With just a few inexpensive items, Dad will have a keepsake to take with him every time he gets in his car. This popular Father’s Day craft is easy to make and is a Father’s Day gift that will last for years to come – just replace the picture each year! Get directions from MakingFriends.com.

  • TV Remote Control Holder for Dad

Every Dad can use this gift! Make one for each room with a TV…use a container large enough for all Dad’s remotes! This Father’s Day gift was found at MakingFriends.com.