"WOW, what a huge Christmas budget we have this year!!" I've never said that. Ever!
So I focus on creative and purposeful gifts. When it comes to our two kids, we focus in on 1 special thing they really want and a few smaller practical gifts.
Quick side story. This year we made a family trip to Wal-Mart on Black Friday and couldn't resist the tears in our daughter's eyes over the toy she wanted--"THE LAST ONE! I'VE WATCHED THIS ON YOUTUBE ON REPEAT!" So, of course we bought our kids' big toy choice on the spot. And told them to forget. And to add to the confusion, I told them maybe we gave it to Santa. So they are just plain confused.
Back to the reason for this article! I've come to learn over the years the importance of giving our kids gifts that either 1-add to a set they already have, 2-creates a hobby, or 3-increases a skill. It means the gift will be used and not tossed to the side. And it reduces clutter later.Read More