Relatives who don't know what to buy? DPIL's are buying one present for DS and putting tube rest on the bank for him. The could equally give it us to spend on him but she knows he lives in a bloody toy shop so doesn't need more stuff. If anyone shoves a five in a card instead of a present either wait and see in the sales if anything they really want gets missed or put it aside for later in the year
We always gave some money (as well as regular gifts) to my DC on their birthdays and Christmas, so they could choose something themselves, and often family friends and more distant relations would give a little cash in a card.
We gave the DC cash because we wanted them to get used to making financial choices as early as possible. We gave them pocket money too, but getting a 'large' amount of money at one time is a different thing. The first couple of years they went mad and spent it on huge amounts of cheap crap. Then they learnt their lesson and became more discerning. By about 6-7 they were carefully budgeting what percentage they would save for a big item, and what percentage they'd spend now. It's an easy way to teach some important lessons basically.
Ah ok. We are clearly from "present" families as apart from when he was born getting some money for baby things we've never had any cash. No gifts or cards from distant replies so wouldn't get cash from them either.