Forget buying a gift for every birthday your child attends – pop a fiver in a card instead!

Birthday parties can be some of the most expensive events on the calendar, especially if your child is invited to thirty of them, but a new trend is set to change all of that. ‘Fiver Parties’ are here and they might just mean you’ll never need to shop for a birthday gift ever again.

Quality Rather Than Quantity

When attending a ‘Fiver Party’, each guest places a five dollar note inside a card to give to the birthday boy or girl instead of a gift, allowing them to put all the money towards something they’d really like or save it for a bigger purchase in the future. No gift wrapping, no unwanted toys, no crazy price tag – why didn’t someone think of this before?! Many parents are simply adding a note to their child’s birthday invite to alert guests that the party is a ‘Fiver Party’ and should they wish to give a gift, $5 would be most appreciated. Sure, it means that your child won’t have a mountain of gifts at the end of the day, but is that really such a bad thing?

Not In The Spirit Of Giving

While many parents love the sound of this latest party trend, some believe the whole concept is not in the spirit of giving. “I think it takes the fun out of it. My kids love buying their friends a present and are always hanging out to see them open it,” said one mum. “This is not what gift giving is about,” said another. “It is about thinking about your friend, taking the trouble to find something you think they will like and sharing a nice moment with them.”

Personally we love the idea and think it not only makes it easier for parents, but teaches children about the value of gifts and reduces the amount of ‘stuff’ they have in their lives. With Marie Kondo’s decluttering taking the world by storm, we’re not surprised that birthday parties are the latest thing to be streamlined!

Would you throw your child a ‘Fiver Party’? Let us know in the comments.



  • I have been invited to that party! And it didn’t not worry me. However giving cash puts a ‘price’ on your child, some may only be able to give $5, some a bit more. It doesn’t bother me, if people ask what my kids want I will sometimes say nothing, maybe a gift card….


  • I love the idea because my kids have too much of everything already! But I feel it’s weird asking for money for a kids birthday party…


  • I wouldn’t – I can see why it sounds good, but Id feel weird.


  • No it’s embarrassing to ask guest for money in my opinion it’s rude


  • I would leave it up to the guest to decide. Any gift is appreciated.


  • No I’d rather my guests decide themselves. Some give cash, some give gift cards and some give gifts.


  • Doesn’t worry me. It’s good to teach kids about money. As they get older, it’s hard to know what to buy for a birthday present so a $5 is a good idea.


  • I would love to be invited to that party as it would save not just money but the worry of what to get and then being asked to return the gift as the kid doesn’t want it or already has it


  • I knew someone that had a fiver party. At first I thought it was a ridiculous idea. But as my son is getting older – the amount of doubles he gets is crazy. Not to mention that he has wayyy too much stuff anyway.


  • Wow! Is this what it has come to? We certainly live in a different world where everyone has a birthday party every time and invites so many kids every time. Perhaps we need to consider everything smaller so the gifts given/received are less as there’s less people giving them.


  • Don’t worry me personally either way


  • it’s a good idea to teach the kids to save and not just obtain an abundance of stuff.


  • Yes, I definitely would. Kids normally have way to many toys and are overwhelmed so to give them some money towards a future house or car is a great idea.


  • I actually love this idea! We often pop $20 or a $20 gift card into the birthday cards. Much cheaper and easier than choosing a present.


  • Each to their own. Younger children love opening presents. But many children would expect $20 or $50. $5 is a little on the low side. I wish my child was invited to 30 parties a year, we are lucky to be invited to one a year!


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