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!

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  • 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!


  • I think it’s great as a “life line” if you’re struggling to find a gift.


  • I have mixed feelings about giving money to kids. I know when they get older they look for money. But they look for more than a fiver. This is where it gets uncomfortable. My grand-daughter wanted money for her birthday to put towards getting her drivers licence but she expected $50 plus. I would prefer to buy her something she can keep, like jewellery or even a gift card so she can buy something with it. Giving money always seems impersonal and you have not given any thought to it.


  • Love this idea! If you dont ask what the child needs or wants with their parents then you do end up with double ups or great toys not played with. We are looking at a cubby house for our sons next birthday I would like to ask people to contribute to cubby either decor or money but hubby thinks its rude.


  • I think little kids love unwrapping presents or picking presents for their little friends. It is a great idea though


  • For an older kid for sure, but little kids love unwrapping presents. I also don’t give cards anymore I get age appropriate books for the kids and write in the cover for them because cards just get tossed away most of the time!

    • I often have my kids make a handmade card, it’s about the gesture-not the price


  • Older children perhaps but not littlies. It is fun getting a gift or buying a gift. Personally I don’t like to give money its just not the same.


  • It looks like a very reasonable amonunt of money to ask for. Yes. Good idea! And then the child can buy something for himself that he really loves.


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