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Birthday Gift Ideas for Kids Under $40

Gift Ideas for Kids $40 or Less

Are you a working parent looking for great gift ideas for your child’s friends or relatives?

We know how challenging it can be to find a memorable and affordable gift, especially with limited time on your hands. Plus, with the growing concern of landfill waste and the prevalence of gaming, it’s hard to find something that both the child and their parents will approve of.

That’s why we’ve set ourselves the challenge of finding gifts that are high-quality, affordable, and desirable – the triple tick! As parents of primary and kindergarten-aged children ourselves, we understand the importance of finding the perfect gift that will bring surprise and delight.

To make things easier for you, we’ve curated a list of the most fun, unique, and sustainable gift ideas from local businesses that cost $40 or less. By choosing from this list, you can avoid cluttering someone else’s home or adding to the landfill.

So whether you’re on the hunt for a gift for your child’s friend or looking for a memorable present for your niece or nephew, we’ve got you covered. Check out our selection of gift ideas and give the gift of joy and sustainability!

Kids reading Youkie

Kids reading Youkie

Bite-sized Bundle

Say happy birthday, happy holidays – or just thinking happy thoughts of you – with the Youkie bite-sized bundle. Two magazines, tied with a bow and lots of love. Youkie is published quarterly in Australia by Missprint Media. This magazine bundle includes the latest issue, delivered to your home for FREE Australia-wide.

We absolutely love Youkie Magazine as it’s not filled with advertising, and really focuses on showcasing Australian children’s artwork, poems, songs, stories and ideas.

Glitter Girl Glitter Collection

Glitter Girl Glitter Collection

Glitter Collection – $19.95

Glitter Girl’s Collections are 5 complementary colours in a screw together stack in super cute pastel recyclable packaging. Each pot has 7 grams of eco glitter ready to make faces and hair sparkle!

We discovered Glitter Girl while on the hunt for ethical and environmentally friendly products. Founded by Sophia Rizzo when she was just 10 years old for all glitter lovers with the goal of sparking joy, providing inspiration, empowering and encouraging creativity through ethical products.


Give the Official Kids Gift of Planet Earth – experiences! Not only are they amazing for children’s development, they’re also super sustainable in that they are reusable, made local and operated by locals. If you need a gift on the run, or for someone interstate, this is a must for the list.

Covering all ages 3 to 15 years, the SPARK POP GIFT CARD offers 100’s of the most fun, unique and POPular activities and attractions to choose from within south east Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne. Go digital or physical, gifting any amount from $15, with the option to personalise your own message. Valid for 3 years, with recipients encouraged to register to receive regular reminders and offers to get out and use it!

DIY Bookmark

DIY Bookmark

DIY Bookmark – $19.95
From Hello Good World

This DIY Bookmark makes for a beautiful gift or even a party favour! Combining creativity with the love of reading, this do it yourself bookmark allows children to construct their own design and patterns.

We stumbled across this DIY Bookmark on the Hello Good World site. A marketplace which focuses on showcasing brands that do better and be better.

Bee Friendly Garden Kit – $39.95
From Seeds for Tomorrow

Recently we heard from Shelby from The Ginger Factory who shared with us her favourite gift for kids is currently a Bee Hotel. If you’re not familiar with a Bee Hotel, it’s an artificial nest where bees deposit pollen and eggs before sealing off the entrance with either mud or resin. You can pick one up for around $40-$60.

But what goes beautifully with this is the Bee the Change Bee Friendly Garden which includes everything you need to get your garden buzzing! Seeds, pots, sustainable coco pellets, affirmation card, lifecycle of honey bee & diagram of the honey bee, fun facts, beeswax and wick to roll your own candle and mini dipper.

Mindful & Co Kids ABCs of Mindfulness

Mindful & Co Kids ABCs of Mindfulness

ABCs of Mindfulness – $24.95

Want to inspire mindfulness and calm? This book is a stunningly beautiful way to do just that.  Mindful & Co Kids have harnessed the power of colouring in and combined it with 26 beautiful poems (from A-Z), to introduce our next generation to the magical world of mindfulness.

6 Month Toy Membership – $50
From Brisbane South Toy Library

Borrow up to 6 items for up to one month at a time! A toy library membership really is the the gift that keeps on giving!

Brisbane South Toy Library has over 1,300 toys, most of them the latest and greatest you could find! The idea is simple – Borrow > Play > Return.

SPARK POP is a one stop shop for parents, aunties, uncles, grandparents and carers. Offering loads of experiences to book or gift to those families who crave a life of living to the fullest rather than reading about it!

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