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 through out the year. Something came across my Pinterest feed one night and I thought it was the PERFECT idea. It’s the 4 rule gift rule. It’s very simple.
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!
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 🙂