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great rule of thumb my parents used when we were young was Three Gifts each.
Their reasoning was that the Christ Child received three gifts of Gold,
Frankincense and Myrrh, so three must be a good number. We don't always use the
Three Gift rule with our kids, due to pricing of some big items, they may only
get one or two. But use this rule of Three Gifts to curtail costs and keep it
all the kids were under 10, Bob and I would do all the Christmas shopping in
one evening. It was our Christmas date night. We would have one of the grandmas
watch the kids (sleepover is best) and we would have a nice dinner out and then
go to a MAJOR toy store.
always took this list with us when we went shopping in hopes of making each
one's Christmas dreams come true and also to keep us from throwing in impulse
items or getting more gifts for one child than another. To make a list, we used
the ad flyers for major toy stores that come in the mail in early December. We
always gave these to the kids and let them circle any and all the toys they
wanted. We always told them that Santa needed ideas and that he could never
bring all the items they wanted, but would bring some of them. This became our
list to have with you is a list of things the children already have. Home many
times do you go to buy a new train for the Brio set and can't remember if you
have Thomas and James or Thomas and Henry? If I don't write down Little Pet
shop beauty shop, I can easily think she has Little Pet Shop hospital. Write
down what you have so you don't duplicate.
the children have grown up and no longer want kiddie toys, the gift giving gets
trickier. One thing that is always great is a family gift, that everyone can
enjoy. Some ideas could be foos-ball table, ping pong table/pool table, basket
ball hoop, kayak/paddle board.
our house, Santa doesn't wrap.
was always the tradition in Bob's family growing up. When our kids were little,
all the gifts were from Santa. And Santa doesn't wrap, he displays the gifts.
One child's gifts are on the sofa, another child's gifts are on the chair. Not
wrapping saves so much time and money and waste. Also, a time or two, it
allowed us to switch a gift from one child to another after everything was laid
out the night before to make it all look pretty equal.
thing we always try to do, not only for our own children but for gifts for our
god-children too, is to give a religious gift. Depending on age, it could
be a bible, a crucifix, a rosary, a prayer book or devotional book, a picture
of a saint or holy hero or just a prayer card and a prayer. A Truth Be Told
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last several years, we have bought the restaurant gift cards that give a
discount or a bonus card for after the holidays. We usually buy extra of these,
for people we might forget. I recommend getting some $5 and $10 cards and
keeping them with you. Extra Gift Cards, come in really handy not only for
someone you forgot, but also for someone that comes to mind spur of the moment:
school personnel, hairdresser, postman, AND for
Kris Kringle gifts that your kids remember as you are driving to school in the
morning! And if you don't give them away at Christmas, they are great to give
to a mom with a new baby so she does not have to cook a meal any time of year!