Mom leaves people divided after asking for $5 donations instead of gifts for her daughter's birthday

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By James Kay

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A mother has left people divided after she asked those attending her daughter's birthday to donate $5 instead of giving any gifts.

Rachel Gibbs, a mother of two, shared her unconventional plans for her second baby's first birthday party on TikTok under the handle @rachonlife.

Starting the video, Rachel revealed that she was shocked that "fiver parties" were not more of a common thing. "Asking for $5 for your kid's birthday isn't a new thing," she said.

Responding to a comment that labeled her as "tacky" for asking for a "donation", the mom hit back and said she asked friends and family to not bring any gifts, but the $5 was if they felt obligated to bring something.

Rachel stressed that she didn't want loved ones to bring gifts to the party. Credit: Westend61/Getty

Rachel revealed that the money offered by those attending the party would be spent on getting their backyard redone, including a new playground for the kids.

"I don't want a giant playground in my backyard for me, I want it for my kids," she said.

Rachel stressed again that she doesn't want anyone attending the party to "bring a damn thing", and to especially not waste their money on "clothes and books".

She expressed that parties aren't about "spending a tonne of money" but should revolve around bringing the people you love together.

Comments flooded in, with a lot of people supporting Rachel, as one person said: "I’d much rather bring $5 than a random thing you may not want or need!"

A second person added: "We went to a $5 party and the ONLY thing the kid wanted was the huge Paw Patrol Tower. So the parents asked for gifts to be $5 to go towards that one thing. I thought it was genius. Kid was happy!"

There was still the occasional comment bashing the party idea, as someone said: "$5 parties sound horrifyingly bad mannered. Just say no gifts please."

A second added: "Never heard of a five dollar party ..if you don’t want gifts instead of asking for cash, you should say no gifts this is tacky."

Rachel wanted family and friends just to bring $5. Credit: vandervelden/Getty

In an interview with PEOPLE, Rachel elaborated on her strategy, explaining that she borrowed the idea of having an early morning party from a friend. "All the kids were so pleasant, no naps were missed, and coffee and donuts were served," she said.

Reflecting on the experience, Rachel emphasized that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting. She believes social media often pressures parents into extravagant displays, but she's determined to stay true to her values and build a supportive online community.

Despite the criticism, Rachel remains grateful for the platform and the connections she's formed. "I'm able to live my life, to be a stay-at-home mom, because I share little glimpses into my world online," she expressed.

Featured image credit: Westend61/Getty

Mom leaves people divided after asking for $5 donations instead of gifts for her daughter's birthday

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By James Kay

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A mother has left people divided after she asked those attending her daughter's birthday to donate $5 instead of giving any gifts.

Rachel Gibbs, a mother of two, shared her unconventional plans for her second baby's first birthday party on TikTok under the handle @rachonlife.

Starting the video, Rachel revealed that she was shocked that "fiver parties" were not more of a common thing. "Asking for $5 for your kid's birthday isn't a new thing," she said.

Responding to a comment that labeled her as "tacky" for asking for a "donation", the mom hit back and said she asked friends and family to not bring any gifts, but the $5 was if they felt obligated to bring something.

Rachel stressed that she didn't want loved ones to bring gifts to the party. Credit: Westend61/Getty

Rachel revealed that the money offered by those attending the party would be spent on getting their backyard redone, including a new playground for the kids.

"I don't want a giant playground in my backyard for me, I want it for my kids," she said.

Rachel stressed again that she doesn't want anyone attending the party to "bring a damn thing", and to especially not waste their money on "clothes and books".

She expressed that parties aren't about "spending a tonne of money" but should revolve around bringing the people you love together.

Comments flooded in, with a lot of people supporting Rachel, as one person said: "I’d much rather bring $5 than a random thing you may not want or need!"

A second person added: "We went to a $5 party and the ONLY thing the kid wanted was the huge Paw Patrol Tower. So the parents asked for gifts to be $5 to go towards that one thing. I thought it was genius. Kid was happy!"

There was still the occasional comment bashing the party idea, as someone said: "$5 parties sound horrifyingly bad mannered. Just say no gifts please."

A second added: "Never heard of a five dollar party ..if you don’t want gifts instead of asking for cash, you should say no gifts this is tacky."

Rachel wanted family and friends just to bring $5. Credit: vandervelden/Getty

In an interview with PEOPLE, Rachel elaborated on her strategy, explaining that she borrowed the idea of having an early morning party from a friend. "All the kids were so pleasant, no naps were missed, and coffee and donuts were served," she said.

Reflecting on the experience, Rachel emphasized that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to parenting. She believes social media often pressures parents into extravagant displays, but she's determined to stay true to her values and build a supportive online community.

Despite the criticism, Rachel remains grateful for the platform and the connections she's formed. "I'm able to live my life, to be a stay-at-home mom, because I share little glimpses into my world online," she expressed.

Featured image credit: Westend61/Getty