This year, let your child’s birthday party be a fiver party!
Each child invited to the party brings a $5 bill instead of a gift. This will go toward a gift the child really wants. “A” gift. ONE. Parents might decide to buy it in advance, and have their child unwrap it at the party. Or, they may plan a post-birthday shopping trip to the mall.
And a word of caution: The amount of money MUST be small. Otherwise, it is asking for gifts, which is a serious breach of etiquette! See my post on asking for cash as a wedding gift.
All parents love this idea, because their children are often invited to several parties each year, and the cost of a gift for each adds up to over $100 a year, not to mention shopping for the gift and wondering what to buy.
Even more importantly, the concept of the fiver party has far-reaching lessons for the children, and can be used as a teaching moment.
- There is less toy clutter — this one is obvious!
- It is better for the environment, as there is less gift wrap involved. As well, smaller toys end up in landfill as they get broken or outgrown
- It teaches less greed, as the emphasis is taken off the quantity of gifts
- It teaches that things worth having are worth saving for, as the child now has the money accumulated to buy the cherished prize they dream of
- It teaches that some families may not have the resources to buy expensive gifts, and allows children of lower income homes to participate equally in the party
- It allows the children to feel part of the excitement as they sign the card for the one gift
Consider a fiver party for your child’s next birthday, and don’t forget to comment on this post to tell me how it went!