Have you heard of the 4 gift rule? It’s super easy to follow and will help you during the holidays with kids and presents!!
The holidays are here with all the hustle and bustle. I decided a few years ago to try and scale back a little on Christmas. Christmas should not just be about presents and gift-giving. Yes, it’s fun having kids and seeing their excitement but honestly, they don’t need much. My kids get a lot of gifts throughout the year. Something came across my Pinterest feed one night and I thought it was a PERFECT idea. It’s the 4 rule gift rule. It’s very simple.
The 4 Gift Rule:
*Something you Want
*Something you Need
*Something to Wear
*Something to Read
How perfect is this? 4 gifts (besides the bigger “Santa” gift!) This makes it so much easier when shopping and planning. I know I will not be spending money on tons of
junk treasured items they can’t live without. When I’m making out my list I keep these 4 things in mind. I keep a file in my ‘notes’ section on my phone and list out exactly what I’m getting each kid.
Something you Want: That’s easy. Kids want everything!! This can be a toy or object they’ve always wanted.
Something you Need: Most of the time this will be new socks/undies. Every kid needs those!
Something to Wear: New pj’s usually! I will also do shoes for this one!
Something to Read: New books! But they don’t have to be brand new books, buy used! I love to hit up the discount book stores and buy gently used kids books. My daughter’s school always has a book fair that I snag a few books and save for Christmas. We love books!
And that’s it! Isn’t it the best??? I love this new policy. It makes me limit what I buy and helps show our kids that we don’t need to go nuts! We have plenty and we should be thankful 🙂
I love to share this with grandparents and family too because we don’t need more than this!
One thing I will add is that we love to gift an experience for our kids. It can be something as a day trip into Dallas and go to a museum or other attraction. It can also be a hotel stay some place. My kids love hotels!
Check out the time we did an experience gift to San Antonio/Sea World. It was so much fun!!