How to Not Go Crazy With Gifts For Your Kids This Year

We are entering the holiday season. A time of joy, love, delicious food, T.V. specials, and if you have kids, a nightmare of materialism. We can quickly forget what the holidays are about and be drawn to what new and awesome “thing” is making its way to stores near you. Instead of falling victim to commercialism and useless things, here are some ideas to keep you and your family’s priorities in check this holiday season. Help return the real meaning of the holidays.

Give A Little to Get A Little

This year have your kids go through their closets and toy chests to find the items and toys they no longer want or play with. Before they can get anything from Santa they need to give to those who are not as lucky as them. Have your children sit down and help pick the charity they want to donate to.

Or even better, have your kids find an empty shoebox. Then ask your kids to pick a boy or girl they would like to shop with. You can them help them shop for items to put into the shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.

Make Four-Part List to Santa

There doesn’t need to be 1001 gifts under the tree to have a very merry Christmas. Have your kids write a four-part list to Santa. Ask them to ask for an item they want, need, wear, and read. With these four gifts in addition to their stocking stuffers, it is sure to be a great Christmas.

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“Needs” vs. “Wants”

This year talk to your kids about the difference between their wants and their needs. They want the new Apple iPad Pro, but they need a new pair of sneakers. Have them put the items they want in a “want and need list”. Then let them know a realistic expectation of the number of gift they can expect to receive from each side of their list.

Split The Big Items

Unfortunately our kids can’t stay little forever, and with age comes well expensive wants. When your kids get old enough to start asking for things like a new iPhone or Xbox One, get them involved in making their wish come true. Have them help in raising a certain portion of the money. Whether it is doing chores, babysitting, wrapping presents, shoveling sidewalks, whatever it may be, have them save their money. A few weeks before the holidays ask them to hand over the cash. Knowing they got what they wanted because they worked hard will make their gift that much better, plus they learn a valuable lesson: hard work pays off.

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Send Out Thank-You Notes

This may seem obvious to some, but the harsh reality is that majority of kids are not asked to write thank-you cards. It helps to start early. Have your preschooler help pick out the stationery and decorative stickers. They will love dropping them into the mail!

Most importantly always practice everyday gratitude. Please and thank-you go a long way!

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