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.



  • This is a hard one. I know the joy my 11 yr old got from all the gifts her friends gave her and I think they put a lot of thought into picking her presents but i do understand the de clutter side and also trying to save for something more expensive that she is saving up for too. so not sure which side to take at this stage.


  • I like the idea of this but not sure if I’d be able to do it…


  • No .. different if you have specifically asked them what they want and they have said they are saving for something in particular. But not just asking everyone to pop in money.


  • I think it could depend on the age of the child. If I know the parents fairly well I often ask for suggestions. Another suggestion is that some of the families could pool the money and buy one useful gift,


  • I don’t mind if my kids get cash for their birthdays. I’ve given cash as a gift myself. But I wouldn’t request that guests give cash, it’s totally up to the invited guest what they gift


  • we recently attended a birthday where we were asked to give money or a gift card to a certain store as the child was madly saving for a certain toy. I think it is a great idea as my children get so many meaningless toys that often go to waste after a day or two :(


  • This is a common tradition in Holland. It makes it less about gifts and more about spending time with the birthday child. Then the child can choose one present they really want. Don’t see anything wrong about this!


  • Sorry – just don’t throw the party in the first place – giving money is just so wrong in my old-fashioned opinion.


  • Sure, I’ve nothing against it and think it’s quite a good idea to prevent from the mentality of over-giving and receiving unwanted gifts.


  • Great idea for kids that have many items, I considered doing this for my son, but he likes opening presents up so opted out this time.


  • I would be very happy for my child to be invited to one of these parties.


  • Opening a present is much more fun and personal!


  • I think this is a good idea. Five dollars is extremely reasonable and takes the pressure off a lot of families with limited income. In my experience, my daughter always wanted her friends at her birthday parties and wasn’t concerned at all about the presents.


  • If the parent of the invited child asked what to give my child I would suggest a gift voucher to a certain shop but only if asked. Any gift is a bonus


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