To put £5.00 in a child's birthday card

(31 Posts)
Shinyshoes1 Fri 18-Jan-13 14:37:03

I haven't much money this month due to it being January and getting over Christmas .

My DD has 2 birthdays this weekend both of which are for children in her class

AIBU to put a fiver in each card ?

I know the children can't get much for a fiver but they can put it towards other money they may get

EssexGurl Fri 18-Jan-13 16:51:38

YANBU. At my DS's school the "norm" is a collection among the parents with £5 being the typical contribution. If people don't get to make the collection, they bung a fiver in the card. Nicer in a collection, but they still get the money.

CMP69 Fri 18-Jan-13 16:37:40

Happens all the time DS (4) loes getting money, cos he can buy magazines with crappy plastic toys on the cover!

halcyondays Fri 18-Jan-13 16:07:59

It's fine. I wouldn't say you can't get much or a fiver, you could get sweets, books, a jigsaw or toy. My dds would probably buy a packet of Moshi Monsters, which they think are the best thing in the world.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Fri 18-Jan-13 16:01:19

£5 note is fine smile

5 x £1 coins even better
10 x 50p coins better than that
25 x 20p coins better still...

and uber exciting if you go for small, shiney 5p's grin

Kids love money of their own to spend and £5 is plenty for a school friend.

ScalesAndMirrorsLie Fri 18-Jan-13 15:58:58

£5 and a bag of haribos/choc buttons

But £5 is perfectly fine and hopefully very appreciated by the receiver

Blatherskite Fri 18-Jan-13 15:56:32

Why buy a voucher that can only be used in one shop (which may very well go bust before you get round to spending it) when a £5 note can be spent anywhere?

spiderlight Fri 18-Jan-13 15:20:52

Loads of people did that for DS last birthday and he was delighted - he was able to put all the money together and buy a didicar, which he appreciated far more than a dozen random bits of plastic tat!

GreenShadow Fri 18-Jan-13 15:14:01

£5 would be absolutely fine here.

TreadOnTheCracks Fri 18-Jan-13 15:13:50

£5 is absolutely fine.

valiumredhead Fri 18-Jan-13 15:12:33

Not really yfronts when so many shops are going under.

KindleMum Fri 18-Jan-13 15:12:23

Seems fine to me. I'd be very happy if DS got that and he's 5.

Yfronts Fri 18-Jan-13 15:12:00

do they still do 5 pound coins?

Yfronts Fri 18-Jan-13 15:11:41

voucher might be nicer

Blatherskite Fri 18-Jan-13 15:10:15

My 5yo DS was given £5 in a card over Christmas and was so excited he was shaking!

I think he liked it wink

DoodlesNoodles Fri 18-Jan-13 15:10:13

YANBU. That is a great present. Definitely better than a store card confused

You could chuck in a flat bar of Chocalate if you want.

roguepixie Fri 18-Jan-13 15:09:06

£5 is a totally suitable amount.

EggRules Fri 18-Jan-13 15:08:18

Fiver or 5 one pound coins sounds perfect for a 5yo.

Crawling Fri 18-Jan-13 15:07:25

round here 10 for a best friend 5 for a normal friend. So I would say its fine.

stormforce10 Fri 18-Jan-13 15:06:17

yanbu dd got £5 in a card for her last birthday and was delighted. Shes still not spent it 3 months later as she keeps tryng to decide what to buy grin

snice Fri 18-Jan-13 15:05:59

my children (11 and 8) would both be thrilled to get a fiver in a card

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Fri 18-Jan-13 15:04:24

card shops often do little wallet cards for notes and one with slots for £1 coins. I used to buy a cheap glittery purse for girls parties (Asda used to do a pack as party bag gifts) and pop the coins in that, always well received especially if a few sweets or small tat in there too smile

firsttimemama Fri 18-Jan-13 14:51:00

I wish there was a £7.50 note.

forevergreek Fri 18-Jan-13 14:50:37

As they are 5 years old I would try and stick 5 £1 coins in a card. Maybe draw the number 5 and stick them to it ( or 10 50p)

lookingfoxy Fri 18-Jan-13 14:44:43

yanbu £5 is what I put in a card for any party's ds attends and if money is given then thats what he receives back. Anymore is too much for a kids party and the money I think is more appreciated as it can be put with other birthday money to buy something really wanted instead of random plastic stuff.

shrimponastick Fri 18-Jan-13 14:44:39

DS is now 15 - for the past few years all gifts to his friends, and from his friends to him have been cash in a card.

I usually give about £10/£15. I understand that won't buy much of a gift as it stands, but they put it all towards games and other stuff.

Earlier this week I banked DS' Xmas andBirthday money - he had over £300 shoved in his top drawer.

And £5 is certainly enough for a class mate.

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