Christmas morning is always such a magical time for my family! I’m sure it is for many of you as well. I’m always interested in hearing how other families approach Christmas gifts for their children.
I love to get a glimpse into your beautiful winter morning! Always remember, there is no right or wrong way you do it!
Here’s how we approach Christmas gifts for our two kids.
We used to set a price, and stick to that for each kid. Like my parents have always done. But honestly, it just really didn’t work for us. I was awful about staying under the budget, and it just really wasn’t special.
Christmas isn’t about the presents for me, it’s about celebrating the whole season. I’d rather have experience “gifts” throughout the season, then a tree full of presents on Christmas morning. Not to mention they get new things ALL year long.
A couple years ago, we decided to try out something that I’d been hearing about for years.
The 4 Gifts; something to read, something to wear, something you need, and something you want!
I couldn’t believe we didn’t start that tradition earlier. It made shopping more enjoyable, and personable. When I’m wrapping, I’ve always made the cheaper presents from Santa, and the rest from us. Santa never brings expensive gifts in our household. So, out of the 4 gifts, Santa usually brings 1-2 of the cheapest gifts.
Santa also brings the stockings. I don’t count the stockings in the “4 gifts”. The stockings are always my favorite to shop for! They usually consist of a chocolate orange, that persons favorite candy, a new toothbrush, and a few random fun things. I like to keep the stockings below $20-30, and they have to be useful random items.
Then we’ll do a bonus gift. A family gift. For all of us to enjoy; one year it was a game system, last year since we bought a house it was just a board game. I keep our budget, and interest in mind.
I like to keep it simple, and enjoyable! Most importantly not stressful!
How do you approach Christmas gifts for your kids?