Has your child been invited to a giftless birthday party? Have you held a giftless party for your kids? Recently the momstown Oakville message board was joining in on the conversation about this new trend. A member was thinking of going this route for her child’s upcoming birthday and was wondering how people felt about it.
For those who haven’t heard about a giftless birthday party, the idea is that invited guests are asked to make a charitable donation instead of bringing a gift. A popular tool to use is Echoage.com where you can make a donation and half of the money goes to a charity of choice and the other half goes towards buying one larger gift for the birthday boy or girl. If not using that tool, you can simply direct people to a charitable organization’s website. Another option is to do a giftless birthday where you don’t ask for donations either but just let guests know that gifts are not necessary. (more…)