Theory on Christmas Shopping

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Here’s my theory on Christmas shopping.  Every year the kids write a Christmas list asking for new, expensive crap.  This expensive crap that is marketed toward their age group, so all of their friends either want it or have it.  Then, when the craze is over, I have a heap of expensive crap in my house that no one cares about anymore.

Not this year, friends.  I’m over it.  And not because I care about the money.  It is mostly about the clutter, and a little about teaching my little brats to be grateful.

So here is my theory…less equals more! I envy those people who take on minimalist lifestyles.  Seriously! All of this stuff gives me anxiety.  Especially the stuff that just sits and collects dust and hasn’t been used in over a year.

We are doing five presents each.  That is five items per child, and one of those items gets a gold star next to it because that is the one they really want.  I’d love to do that Want, Need, Wear, Read idea, but honestly, my kids have a ton of socks and underwear.  Fortunately for them, they have everything they could possibly need.

I’d rather make them think really hard about what they would love to receive, instead of handing me Amazon’s top 100 best gifts.

We are also big on volunteering and giving back.  More of life’s teachable moments.

Do you think this theory will work? Or are they going to be staring at me on Christmas morning like I am Scrooge?

How do you handle your gift giving? Especially for multiple children (we have 4).  Older kids want more expensive gifts, so do you give the same number of gifts per child or spend the same amount of money per child?



5 thoughts on “Theory on Christmas Shopping”

  1. Same amount of money each. It’s hard to lower the amount of gifts or money you spend when you start high but I’m sure it can be done. I came from a family of eight kids so getting one big theng and a couple of small ones was the normal.

    1. Yeah, that makes sense! We try to keep the budget on the lower end. I much rather use the money to go on vacation. Since my two oldest girls are teenagers now, I am trying give them experiences instead of stuff.

  2. That’s awesome. I would love to do that in this house as well. Growing up, Christmas was always on a budget – then I married a “gifter.” I think it is a great idea – teaches value – I support your idea and I think your kids will dig it too! (If not now, one day! 🙂 )

  3. My mother had three things she would say every Christmas: we’d wait for them. My sister and I would grin at each other when she said them.
    1. “There won’t be as much stuff.” She loved silly stocking presents, so this was never true.
    2. “This one isn’t quite done.” As she would say, made by loving hands at home… that ran out of time.
    3. “There’s one present I can’t find.” Oh, yes. She’d hide them and forget….

    Bet your kids can read you like we read my mom… and it’s all ok.

    1. I really love your comment. Hit home! My two oldest read me like a book and are always waiting on me to do exactly what they know I will do! I am also well known for saying/doing these same three things.

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