I can’t remember exactly where I read about this gift giving rule for kids but it’s pure holiday gold. Not only does it keep the cost of the holiday gifts down to a smaller budget but it prepares the kids to actually be able to enjoy the holiday and not focus on all the ‘I wants” that usually come with it. So here are The Christmas Four:
Something they WANT
I really like this one, because with three different sets of grandparents it’s a whole lot easier to browse the aisles of Targets for toys this way. I tell the kids they each get to pick three toys they would want to Christmas, then I take a photo with my iPhone and we “text” them to Santa (aka the grandparents). This way Santa knows not only what toy the kids would enjoy but exactly how much it costs. This helps the grandparents get the kids something they WANT but keeps everyone’s budget a lot easier by buying three toys (one per kid) vs multiple toys for all the kids. And once we go through all three sets of grandparents plus mom and dad, the kids have more than what they could ever WANT for the holidays.
Something they NEED
This works the exact same way as the WANT category. I usually have something I NEED for each kid every holiday season, whether that be a heavy coat, a family board game or anything that maybe they have a need for but it just makes sense for “Santa” to bring it. This is a great category that we’ve tossed annual passes to Kings Dominion or the Park Service so that we can go on as many trips as we’d like.
Something to WEAR
Pretty self evident, but grandparents love buying clothes and most of the time it sits in the back of the closet or I put it away for the appropriate season and it never gets used. This helps trim back how much clothing they are getting and they will actually get use out of it during the year!
Something to READ
You can do this electronically (Kindles) or actual hard books. Hannah loves to read so we got a ton of books at the thrift stores for her and I think it’s going to make her blossoming mind so happy! This isn’t just limited to books, it could be comics, educational work books, as long as it jogs the mind and keeps the educational engine running.
I really do love these “rules”. It’s helped us keep Christmas small and more about what it should be, time with family, togetherness, giving to others and the joy of the season. Do you have any gift giving rules for the holidays? I’d love to hear them in the comments!