My children get invited to lots of birthday parties, they love them. The general rule seems to be a girl invites all the other girls in the class to her birthday and vice versa with the boys. All good, birthday parties are great.
Now I have two children regularly going to parties and the youngest will soon be at this stage. Again, generally speaking, the birthday gift is in the region of €15. Which is ok but what happens when all three children get two party invites in a month, there’s €90 gone out of the monthly household budget.
Even leaving the expense aside there is the present shopping and then wrapping and then the card and the visit to the toy shop or the book shop.
Again this works the other way. I have been shocked at the amount of toys my kids have received in recent years at their parties. Of course, its lovely and I am grateful but it’s too much.
Anyway I read about this idea somewhere a couple of weeks ago and I think it’s the best idea ever. The “fiver” birthday gift. Instead of buying the birthday boy or girl a gift you put a fiver in the birthday card. No shopping and wrapping, no big expense and the child gets a wad of fiver’s which they can then use towards a bigger purchase or on what they want. Everyone is happy. A simple but beautiful idea!?
So now to instigate it. Can you just start giving fiver’s in cards and explaining the idea or will that be slow to catch on? I am going to send this to the parents association of my children’s school and everyone reading this should do the same and in no time the fiver party will become the done thing. No more gift shopping. No more too many gifts for the birthday child. No more gift wrapping .The birthday child can use the money for a game or towards a bike or give it to charity, or save it or do whatever they want. Everybody wins.
What do you think?