Beyond Material Gifts: How the Fiver Birthday Party Focuses on What Really Matters

by Bailey Bouwman

As a new parent, there are a lot of things you have to think about when it comes to your child's milestones - including birthday parties. And as your local baby shop helping your friends, aunts, and grandparents pick out the perfect present for a child I don't know, sometimes I think we need to bring back the Fiver Party. 

I know, the idea of asking for money instead of gifts may seem like a taboo topic, but it's time to reconsider that mindset.

The Fiver Birthday Party is a concept that has been circulating for a few years, and it's gaining traction for good reason. Rather than expecting physical gifts, you simply ask for a small monetary contribution, like five dollars.

This may seem like an odd request at first, but it's important to understand the inclusivity behind it. Not everyone has the means to purchase a gift for every child's birthday party they attend. It can be a financial burden, and it's not fair to exclude someone from celebrating because they can't bring a gift. By asking for a small amount of money instead, you're opening up the opportunity for everyone to attend and celebrate together.

We've all been there - and if you haven't maybe one day you will, where you get a last minute birthday invitation but your monthly budget is all dried up.  You don't want to show up empty hadn't because years of traditions have taught you that's rude, so you fake sick and stay home. 

Of course, it's understandable that some may feel uncomfortable with the idea of asking for money. It can be seen as tacky or rude. But it's important to remember that the point of a birthday party is to celebrate the life of the child, not to accumulate material possessions. By providing an option for a small monetary contribution, you're giving people the opportunity to show their love in a way that aligns with your values.

It's important to note that the amount asked for doesn't have to be set in stone. It can vary depending on your location or personal preference. The main idea is to make it clear that physical gifts are not necessary and that the focus is on being present for the celebration. We've seen friends do parties where it's bring a toonie for a cause, no gifts. Sometimes that small token of thinking of someone helps prevent the unexpected gift givers to show up with full hands.

If you're still hesitant about the idea of a Fiver Birthday Party, consider personalizing the contribution. Encourage your child to create a special birthday card for their friend, and simply attach a small amount of money to it. This way, you're still giving a thoughtful gift while also respecting the values of the party host.

The Fiver Birthday Party is a game-changer for many parents - especially if you have a large group of friends with birthday's all in the same month. It removes the stress of gift-giving and allows everyone to focus on what really matters: spending time together and celebrating a special day. 

As a parent, it's important to prioritize your values and beliefs.

If you're considering hosting a Fiver Birthday Party, remember that it's your party and your choice. 


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