I’ve been asked a number of times lately: What do you guys buy your kids for Christmas? Do you have a plan for gifts?
It’s a good thing my kids don’t read my blog…so I’ll tell you. 🙂
In the months leading up to Christmas, I keep a running list on my smart phone of items the children mention they’d like to have or need. This list is a great place to include items my kids would consider buying with allowance money but haven’t yet been able to save it all up. When one of these items is given, it’s a double surprise because they also have allowance cash available again. When the holiday shopping season arrives, we choose a few of the items on the running list to provide for our children and share the other ideas with grandparents, uncles and aunts who ask for hints as to what to buy our children. (More on this list idea here.)
I cannot take credit for the plan I’m about to share with you. I’ve heard it from a number of other people and admit I don’t even know where it originated. Just the same, I think it’s quite helpful and makes for a simple experience of buying gifts for our kids.
SOMETHING THEY WANT
SOMETHING THEY NEED
SOMETHING TO WEAR
SOMETHING TO READ
If this plan doesn’t work for you, you might want to change some of your views on giving. Remember that every holiday giving experience can be simple if we remember that not all gifts are tangible and experiences together count for a lot.
This year Chris and I are giving our best gift yet to the kids under the “Something They Need” category…will share more about that after Christmas. (Hint: it requires a passport. Don’t tell my cuties just yet! They’ll find out on Christmas Day.)
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