On the eve of our children's birthdays we place something all over the floor of their rooms. So, when they arise a WHOLE year older on the morning of their birthday their is a surprise to get their day started off a little extra special!
I know CRAY - CRAy of me to add just one more thing to the already list of crazy things parents do for their kids (ie. the stupid elves that trash our homes, luny leprechauns that pee in your potties, etc). But the birthday fairy is a little bit different. It doesn't have to be B-I-G... It is just a fun addition to their special day. All our kids know that the birthday fairy is us! Which is neato cause they actually thank US (not some fantasy) for our thoughtfulness and generosity. As an added bonus often the other kids get in on the plan. On more than one occasion - I have had another kid approach me and say, "mom, what are you doing for so and so's bday? Because I have an idea!". Some of the best birthday morning surprises have come from their sibling's minds - for example one year my second daughter suggested journals and notebooks for her big sister who is SUPER passionate about writing. BEST idea ever!
Some of the things we have done in the past through the years for our four kids are -
cars (matchbox and dollar store cars not BMWs)
change (kids love money)
make-up (for my teen)
bras (that was for one of my preteen daughters not my son - he he)
Here is the link to Amazon where I got my TOTALLY AWESOME - blinking balls of birthday fun!
(the 20 piece pack seems to be the best deal with free shipping with Amazon Prime)