Don’t want fifty vases and hate the waste of unwanted gifts? Asking for money as a gift might feel uncomfortable or impersonal, but it can actually be a practical and thoughtful way to ensure you get exactly what you want or need. And surprisingly, we've found that a lot of givers actually prefer it!
Here's the thing to making it as good for the giver as for you﹣SHARE THE DETAILS OF YOUR GRATITUDE FOR THE GIFT AND SENTIMENT WITH THEM BEFORE AND AFTER. How do you do that? Explain what you're excited to receive/experience. Show gratitude and excitement over the gift you've received, how you felt, that you loved the messages and all the love that came with it.
When it comes to milestone birthdays, gathering contributions from friends and family can help create a meaningful and valuable gift. So, let's explore the art of asking for money for a gift and whilst we're at it, we'll introduce you to GroupTogether﹣a fantastic platform used by more than 1 million people to take the awkwardness out of asking for money. GroupTogether makes it nice with a group card that everyone can personalise with beautiful messages as well as a fun to use experience.
The Benefit of Asking for Money:
Before diving into the specifics of how to ask for money for a gift, it's important to understand the numerous advantages of this approach. When you request money as a gift, you are able to choose what you truly desire or need, eliminating the risk of receiving duplicate or unwanted items. Furthermore, it offers the flexibility to save up for more expensive gifts or experiences that might be beyond an individual's budget.
How to Get Started:
When reaching out to friends, family, and other potential contributors it's important to explain your intentions clearly and honestly. Express the advantages of pooling funds to purchase a meaningful gift, highlighting that you will be able to choose something you truly want. Emphasise that the amount contributed is entirely voluntary and any contribution is appreciated.
What are the Right Words:
Here are three sample wordings you can use when asking people to contribute to a gift for yourself:
Remember, it's essential to approach these requests with humility and gratitude. Express your appreciation for their willingness to contribute and emphasise that their participation is entirely voluntary.
Write a Funny Poem to Break the Ice:
Writing a poem can be an easy way to take the awkwardness out of asking for money. For example:
"Hey there, my friends, another year's passed,
And this birthday, I've got a small ask.
No need for gadgets or fancy things,
Just a little moolah to make my heart sing.
Forget the presents that clutter the shelf,
A cash-filled card will bring joy and wealth!"
"Hey pals, it's that time of year,
My birthday's approaching, so lend an ear.
No need for presents that gather dust,
Just some cold hard cash, if you must.
Help a buddy out, don't be shy,
A little green to make me fly high!"
GroupTogether is an excellent platform that simplifies the process of collecting money for group gifts. It eliminates the hassle of chasing people for contributions and managing cash or checks.
Here's how it works:
FYI: GroupTogether is an Australian, female-founded startup that's also available in the US.
A Great Experience for All:
GroupTogether has been purpose-built to make it easy for everyone (recipients, contributors, and organisers). We understand that asking for contributions can be awkward and contributors may feel uneasy if things don't look 'right.' It's great, then, that the GroupTogether experience is fun and stylish for friends to use to chip in and sign the card.
Here's a quick snapshot of it all:
Invite friends and colleagues with an email to write a message on the card with the option of chipping in for a gift.
Prefer to send the invites yourself? Share the link to your card and collection in your group chat :)
At the end, you will receive the beautiful group card with all the lovely messages as well as your gift.
Tips For Maximising Contributions:
To ensure a successful group gift, consider the following tips:
Asking for money as a gift doesn't have to be awkward or impersonal. When you share the extent of your gratitude for your gift and use the right words when you ask, it's a much easier process for all. Thankfully GroupTogether takes away all the hassle and makes it effortless for everyone to contribute. Nice!
Organise the perfect birthday gift with GroupTogether
If you're organising a group gift for a milestone birthday, why not take all the hassle out of the process by using GroupTogether. Set up a collection in 2 minutes and then share with the rest of your group.
Life’s busy. That’s why we’re here to make it easy for you to collect money from a group. Less wasted time, less packaging waste, and spending a little less but giving a lot better!