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?