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.