Father of two and writer at babble.com, Buzz Bishop, has a great solution to the endless birthday gift dramas.
Buzz suggests we all start doing some crowdfunding for good!
He suggests that each child who comes to the party brings a small amount of cash –just five or 10 dollars, and the birthday boy or girl then gets to spend half the amount on a present and then you give the other half to a charity.
“Think about it. A dozen kids at $5-$10 each is $60-$100,” Buzz writes.
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“That’s an awesome $30 LEGO kit for the birthday kid and a nice bit of cash going to people who could really use it.”
All you need to do is add a few lines on your child’s birthday present, saying something like:
“Please note that gifts are not required. If you would like to give one, we are asking for a small cash gift of $5 instead.
XXXX is proud to have a 50/50 party to raise money for his favourite charity. He will use half of the money collected to buy a small LEGO kit for himself and then donate the rest to his charity of choice.”
“Genius, isn’t it?,” Buzz adds. “The kid gets ONE thing they really want, they get a crazy cake and ice-cream day with their friends, AND they get to learn charity by helping out the community.”
“Kids don’t need 14 presents from 14 kids at their birthday. Parents don’t need to scramble around buying something for a kid they don’t know. This 50/50 birthday party idea solves everything at once. It tames the birthday-party-present-buying nightmare for parents, and tones down the entitled generation we’re likely raising.”
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