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

Shinyshoes1 Fri 18-Jan-13 14:38:14

Oh both children will be 5 yo

Ragwort Fri 18-Jan-13 14:38:59

In my circle we usually do that, so difficult to know what to buy for children and in my opinion children really enjoy the opportunity to choose something for themselves or save it - my DS certainly does.

Good idea much better than the plastic tat you usually get given.

valiumredhead Fri 18-Jan-13 14:40:19

I always do that and imo a fiver in a card is always well received.

valiumredhead Fri 18-Jan-13 14:40:27

ime

Busyoldfool Fri 18-Jan-13 14:44:03

I've done it - and others have given my DCs cash - with a note to "buy something you like/ put it towards something you are saving for" type of thing. It makes a lot of sense

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.

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.

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)

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

I wish there was a £7.50 note.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

£5 is a totally suitable amount.

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.

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

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

voucher might be nicer

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

do they still do 5 pound coins?

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.

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

Not really yfronts when so many shops are going under.

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

£5 is absolutely fine.

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

£5 would be absolutely fine here.

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!

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?

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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