A new cubby house without the price tag


I was a bit cheeky, or forward, a little while ago. I asked my parents and parents-in-law for money (that even feels wrong to write!).


cuy slide

A cubby house was on our wish list for the kids, and I spotted a lovely secondhand one on Gumtree. So I decided to do it. I was going to ask for money.  Because there are those bigger gifts that can seem out of reach.

cubby house


I sent a photo of the cubby house to each of the grandparents asking if they would like to help us buy the cubby house for the kids. I said it could be their gift to the kids for their birthdays for the year.

And happily each of them agreed! So we were able to get our ‘new to us’ cubby house without the price tag!

cubby house1

And it has me thinking, ‘group gifting’ for bigger items is a wonderful way to be able to give the gifts that are out of reach on our own. It also makes it easier for grandparents who want to give something special, but perhaps are not sure what that special thing is. It also allows parents to encourage the kinds of gifts they would prefer in their home. Pretty great huh!

Does your family give together?

Warmly, Kelly

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  • Reply Kellie Limeburner May 20, 2015 at 11:22 am

    We just did this as well Kel. Henry has always really wanted a trampoline but we have not had the money or the space. However this year he has been really struggling with anxiety at school and really needed some way of burning off some cortisol before school with some movement. The poor old clothesline was sagging from all his swinging:), so we approached the grandparents and they were happy to contribute. We often ask if people would like to contribute towards one larger more meaningful gift/gifts throughout the year, instead of small toys that get broken or lost and discarded. We often ask if family would like to contribute to things like yearly passes to the zoo or museums etc. It means less junk at home and more experiences:) The cubby house looks fabulous!!

  • Reply Zena May 21, 2015 at 11:21 am

    That’s a mighty fine cubby house! You just end up with lots of little things the kids don’t need from relatives. This is a much better idea and long lasting and the kids won’t ever get bored.

  • Reply carolin martens May 22, 2015 at 2:36 am

    My girls-3 of them did the same. Saved their birthday money and Christmas money from my mom and bought a trampoline with it. It has been over 4 years now and they still tell me it was the best gift they ever got. They are on it a few times everyday. Best investment ever.

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